A Music Stand @ TED

There are many creative choices that you can make to ensure your message is delivered successfully. ~TjD

A Music Stand…is this a Concert?  No. Joseph Nye, former Assistant Secretary of Defense, and former Dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, offers sharp insights into international politics. But that’s not why I’ve chosen to feature him here. Keep in mind, we can learn from the inventive ideas of other Speakers. Now,

Although his topic is interesting and worthy of a TED presentation, nevertheless, I’m hoping you’ll find his creative and [Read More]

Show#25- “Speaker Training-How to Choose”

This video discusses some benefits and expectations of Speakers Training. We’ll take a brief look at “Public Speaking” vs “Speaking in Public” which is not the same thing. While not everyone wants to be a Professional Speaker, many would like to Speak in public without feeling self-conscious, embarrassed, sweaty, or ill. You might feel that Training of any kind from anyone can’t possibly help you… if you really … [Read More]

Show#24- “umm & ahh in Speaking”

It’s the little things that make a difference~

The repetitive use of umm & ahh seems, for some Speakers, to be a chronic, impossible to overcome habit…  And it isn’t always due to stress or anxiety. Frequently it’s simply a speaking habit that the Speaker developed at some point in life and is unaware of it, or is simply comfortable with it. Actually, with awareness, Training & focused Practice, a Speaker can manage this habit or in many instances… [Read More]

ummmm @ RSA

Say something…. Please…

RSA, a British organization, is similar to TED in America.

Richard Thaler, Professor of Behavioural Science and Economics at the University of Chicago, speaks at an RSA event. For students of Speaking,

These verbal place holders or space fillers are frequently heard in Speeches and Presentations. But they distract from your message and discourage attentive listening and active listening by the Audience. The bottom line of all of this Speaking advice and suggestions is to encourage you.

First, to encourage you to seek out a comfortable, secure learning environment where you can take risk. The idea is simple really but people think it’s difficult and continue to avoid it by hiding behind the false idea: the Fear of Speaking.

Second, to encourage you to take those new skills you’ve learned, and the confidence you should have developed along with the skills, and put them to good use. At every opportunity. Of course you are not going to begin by giving a Keynote address at your local University graduation. But begin small and work-up. See my show on Volunteer activity. This serves so many good purposes and is a perfect place to begin.

The Solution: Planning, Preparation, & Practice will help You resolve this Distracting issue. The Result: Attracting and keeping the attention & involvement of Your Audience.

~Want more Solutions for this issue? see Show# 24.

Being aware of your Speaking Habits, your Behavior,
is the first step to changing it.

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