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Podcast title Fearless Presentations
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Description Description Want to eliminate public speaking fear and become a more poised and confident presenter and speaker? Then Fearless Presentations is the answer. This podcast is based on our famous two-day presentation skills class offered in cities all over the world.
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1. Continuous Improvement Methodologies Improve Success
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Description: As we approach the 100th podcast episode, I'm amazed at how my company and training program have changed. I'm actually shocked at how important continuous improvement methodologies have been to this process. By the way, if you are looking for a long series of academic continuous improvement methodologies, this isn't it. However, if you can see what happened to me, The Leader's Institute ®, and Fearless Presentations ® over the last year, I hope you can gather some great tips to improve your own success! SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/blog/

2. Business Presentation Coaching, Should You Get a Presentation Coach?
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Description: Do you need a business presentation coach? Well... It depends... Last week, I gave a number of different reasons why presentation skills are important to business success. Great presentation skills can create opportunities for advancement and increase income. How exactly do you improve your presentation skills, though? In this post, we are going to cover the pros and cons of hiring a business presentation coach. In addition, we'll cover how to choose a good coach. BLOG: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/blog/

3. The Importance of Presentation Skills in the Workplace
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Description: I was reminded this week about the importance of presentation skills in the workplace. Three participants in my presentation skills class in Detroit taught job placement skills. I noticed a couple of interesting things as the class went on. First, these participants offered tips in their class presentations similar to what I teach. These three class members also developed their presentation skills very quickly. Basically, they had well-developed communication skills that helped them be more successful in business. They developed presentation skills quickly because they already had great communication skills. The opposite is true as well. Presentation skills help you communicate better in the business world. (That is the importance of presentation skills in the workplace!) SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/the-importance-of-presentation-skills-in-the-workplace/

4. Remember Stories from Your Life for Presentations
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Description: Okay, so we know that stories are fantastic pieces of evidence during the formal presentation. In addition, stories are as fantastic as answers to tough questions during question and answer sessions. But when we are under a deadline or currently in front of a tough audience, why are stories hard to remember? Three challenges occur when we are asked a tough question from the audience or we are otherwise put on the spot. First, panic sets in. When we panic, it is very difficult to think clearly. Second, the negative self-talk can make us feel even more uncomfortable when already feeling anxious. Finally, and most devastating, we second-guess ourselves constantly during the process. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/blog/

5. The 5 Steps of Storytelling - How to Tell a Great Story
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Description: Great speakers know how to tell a great story. This podcast will give you the five key steps of storytelling that these great speakers know. This is a continuation of the podcast on how inserting stories into your presentations reduces public speaking fear. In that podcast, I mentioned a recent class member who told me that he just wasn't good at storytelling. If you feel the same way, than these steps of storytelling can be very helpful for you. Just between you and I, though... Whether you follow these steps exactly or not, just the fact that you are inserting stories into your speeches is a big advantage. Most presenters in the business world give very BORING speeches. A well-placed story makes your message much more interesting and entertaining. Want to Know How to Tell a Great Story, the Steps of Storytelling Are Not as Important as the Story Itself. Storytelling in our personal lives is very normal. When we get together with friends or family, we build rapport by sharing stories about ourselves. I went to my High School reunion a few years ago. I was visiting with friends that I haven't seen for decades. What was funny, though, was that I expected that it would be a bunch of old people reminiscing about stories from our teenage years. However, the opposite occurred. It was really interesting to hear about what my friends had done since High School. We spent hours catching up. And the way that we caught up was by telling great stories to each other about our experiences. Many of my friends had accomplished some pretty impressive things. However, none of them sounded like they were bragging. The biggest public speaking secret that I know is that you can do the exact same thing in your speeches. When you share stories of your successes, your audience lives vicariously through your stories. I remember growing up hearing the phrase, "Experience is the best teacher." After being a business owner for 20 plus years now, I realize how dumb that statement is. Experience is NOT the best teacher. Someone else's experience is the best teacher. When I hear a story about how someone else accomplished a goal that I want to accomplish, I can learn from it. I don't have to experience all the turmoil that he or she went through. So, follow the steps of storytelling below. However, just realize that the steps, in and of themselves, are not as important as the actual stories. Pick a good story to tell, the steps don't matter. SHOW NOTES: fearlesspresentations.com/blog

6. Tell a Story in Your Speech and Reduce Public Speaking Fear
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Description: Feel nervous about speaking in public? Tell a story in your speech (early), and you can reduce public speaking fear dramatically. One of the first public speaking secrets that we share in our public speaking training classes is that stories are your friend. When you tell a story, you reduce presentation jitters and build rapport with your audience. Don't believe me? Watch any professional motivational speaker on YouTube. You will find that their entire speech is composed of a series of individual stories that they link together. In this post, we will cover some of the major benefits of telling stories as well as some tips on how to do it. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/blog/

7. Elevator Speech Template: How to Create a 30 Second Commercial for Yourself
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Description: Looking for an elevator speech template? In this podcast, I'm going to explain how to create a 30 second commercial (elevator pitch) for yourself. (Or for your company.) This elevator speech can be used to introduce yourself to a new contact, help you get an interview, or help you sell an idea to a decision-maker. This type of presentation is critical when you have to grab a person's attention in a positive way and time is short. In this podcast, we will cover a brief history of the concept, an elevator speech template, and a few examples. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/blog/

8. How to Write a Valedictorian Speech
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Description: So you did it! You graduated at the top of your class. Now you have to write your Valedictorian Speech. However, since this is the first (and only) time you will ever do it, you may not know exactly how to write a valedictorian speech. You are not alone. Just about every Valedictorian or Salutatorian has gone through this. You work very hard to get to the top, and now you have five minutes to educate, entertain, and inspire your classmates. And, of course, the task is so much easier because your classmates are so accepting and non-judgmental. (Yeah, right!) Well, this podcast can show you step-by-step how to write a Valedictorian Speech (or Salutatorian Speech). This is the final part of our five-part series on How to Design a Presentation. In the previous podcasts, we have covered how to persuade an audience, best practices for a commencement speech, and wedding toast tips. So, check out any of the other podcasts for additional details. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/valedictorian-speech-how-to-write-a-valedictorian-speech/

9. How to Write a Graduation Speech (Graduation Speech Examples)
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Description: Have you been asked to deliver a commencement speech? Or have you worked your butt off to become valedictorian or salutatorian, and now you have to deliver a graduation speech? In this post, we will cover one of the more challenging types of presentation creation: How to Write a Graduation Speech. (By the way, I have also included a few popular graduation speech examples as a guide for you.) This post is a continuation of our How to Create a Presentation series. We are going to break this post down into three parts, though. We will show you how to create a commencement speech in this post. Next week, I'll show you how to write a valedictorian speech and how to deliver a salutatorian speech. Each of these graduation speeches has a slightly different purpose, but all of them need to be inspirational and funny. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-write-a-graduation-speech-graduation-speech-examples/

10. Persuasive Speech: How to Write a Persuasive Speech
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Description: Want to learn how to write a persuasive speech? Want to make sure that you persuade your audience without raising resentment? Well, if you use the techniques that you likely learned in school, you will often fail at both of these goals. In high school, you most likely learned that to write a good persuasive speech, you have to do research, list the pros and cons, and then use lots of data to win over your audience. This technique is a terrible way to persuade people. Most often, it actually cause the other person to want to play "Devil's advocate" and argue with you. In this article, we are going to show you a simple way to win people to your way of thinking without raising resentment. If you use this technique, you audience will actually WANT to agree with you! SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/persuasive-speech-how-to-write-a-persuasive-speech/

11. Wedding Toast: How to Write a Wedding Toast
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Description: Continuing in our series on how to design a presentation, in this episode, we will show you how to write a wedding toast. Over the years, I've had a few people come through our entire presentation training classes just to be able to not be terrified when they give a best man toast or father of the bride toast. Even though, this is typically a very short speech, there is always a lot of pressure involved. Anytime we are being honored with an important role in a wedding, we want to do well. This article can give you a few tips to make your words the absolute best wedding toast, ever. (By the way, even if you aren't participating in a wedding, this guide can help you deliver any short toast or speech.) SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/wedding-toast-how-to-write-a-wedding-toast/

12. How to Write a Speech in Just a Few Simple Steps
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Description: Looking for how to write a speech in a few simple steps? Over the last 20 years, our instructors have dissected thousands of speeches. In that time, we've been able to identify simple things that can easily make or break a presentation. We've assembled a simple, step-by-step process that explains how to write a speech quickly and easily. In fact, once you understand the concepts below, you can use our Online Speech Creator to organize and print your presentation. A little warning, though, the process is very simple if you follow every step. If you skip a step, you can get bogged down, and the process can take a lot of time. However, if you follow the steps, you can write any speech in just a few minutes (versus hours or days)! Being direct and concise in your speech This podcast is the first in a series designed to help people create their presentations from scratch. Last year, I wrote a post about writing a eulogy. In this series, we will cover a few other types of speeches that are common such as a wedding toast, a school book report, a persuasive speech, and a graduation speech. A Few Concepts You Need to Know Before Writing a Speech Remember that, in a speech, less is more. Short is better than long. No one ever said, "That meeting was so good, I wish everyone would have spoken longer." So, a few concepts (bullet points) covered really well is much better than a bunch of stuff covered in a cursory way. Another great tip is that writing a presentation word-for-word and then trying to memorize your entire speech is hard. Instead, create a presentation outline and use literary devices to add "meat to the content." For instance, examples and stories are fantastic reinforcement for your points or concepts. You can also use analogies, quotes, and visual aids to prove your points. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-write-a-speech-just-few-simple-steps/

13. How to Overcome Glossophobia (An Irrational Fear of Public Speaking)
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Description: Want to know how to overcome glossophobia? Does stage fright sometimes make you pass up opportunities in your career? Do you feel like you have an irrational fear of public speaking? You are not alone! Glossophobia or the fear of public speaking is very common. After being in the presentation skill industry for decades, now, though, I've come to realize that the statistics about this fear are really confusing. I've seen public speaking fear statistics as low as 7% of the population and as high as 95%. What I have come to realize is that the statistics really depend on the definition of Glossophobia that you are using. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-overcome-glossophobia-an-irrational-fear-of-public-speaking/

14. Short Anecdotes for Speeches and Parables to Amaze Your Audience
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Description: Short anecdotes for speeches are a fantastic way to end a presentation with a bang. These stories can be fiction, actual incidents from history, or even just funny stories from your own personal life. When you deliver them well, though, they have a lasting impact. I often use these short anecdotes for speeches where I am training to teach something meaningful to the audience. So, in most instances, these stories are used in training sessions or motivational speeches. The anecdotes themselves are often entertaining, some are even funny, but when you use the story to relay a greater message, they have a magic quality. The important part of the process is to spend time in the end tying the incident back to the main point of your presentation. My daughter graduated from High School last weekend, and the keynote speaker was a local pastor in the area. He used a well-known anecdote in a masterful way as the start of the commencement speech (is that redundant?). Since he was a pastor, he told the story of John the Baptist baptizing Jesus. Being a professional speaker, myself, I was wondering exactly how he was going to tie that story to a graduation ceremony. He went on to explain how many Christians might see a "Baptism" as the ending point. In Jesus' case, though, that was the start of his public ministry. The pastor then shared with the graduating class that many of them are likely seeing the ceremony at the end of their schooling. In reality, though, commencement means the beginning. It was really well done and very inspirational to the graduating class. So, I thought that it might be fun to just jot down a few of the most inspirational (or just funny) short anecdotes for speeches that I have come across in my career. Perhaps you can use them in your next presentation. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/short-anecdotes-for-speeches-and-parables-to-amaze-your-audience/

15. How To Memorize Your Speech In 60 Minutes
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Description: Looking for a quick and easy way to memorize an entire presentation quickly? Well, the solution to how to memorize a speech in minutes will likely surprise you. In this article, we will cover a few important points. First, we will cover the big mistakes that most people make when they design a presentation that makes memorizing the presentation much harder. Next, we cover a few memory techniques that are common among professional speakers. (These tips are fantastic, and they work really well.) However, in the third part, I will show you how to actually design your entire presentation where you won't have to memorize ANYTHING! If you use this technique, your audience will see you as being absolutely brilliant, and your speech will also be fantastically easier to deliver. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/in-a-hurry-heres-how-to-memorize-your-speech-in-less-than-60-minutes/

16. How to Gain Enthusiastic Cooperation from Your Audience
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Description: One of the most important aspects of many speeches is the ability to be persuasive. There is an art to creating a persuasive speech, but there is also a lot of communication skills that are important to the process as well. In this session, we will help you develop and strengthen communication skills that will help you use your words to gain enthusiastic cooperation from your audience. This is part five of our series on Improving Communication Skills. In part one, we talked about how a great communication coach can help you improve your communication skills more quickly. Next, we showed you a few simple things that you can do to shut down a heckler or someone who is peppering you with negative questions. In part three, we gave a number of ways to build trust and rapport with your audience. Then, finally, last week, we covered a few conflict resolution tips. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-gain-enthusiastic-cooperation-from-your-audience/

17. A Few Simple Ways to Avoid Conflicts when Presenting Your Ideas to Groups
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Description: A Few Simple Ways to Avoid Conflicts when Presenting Your Ideas to Groups

18. Building Trust with a Group Using Good Communication Skills
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Description: When you stand up to speak in front of a group, yes, we want to appear confident. However, of equal importance is the ability to build trust and rapport with your audience. Your audience will not believe you unless they first trust you. In this session, we are going to give you a few, simple communication skills that will help you build solid trust with your audience. Incidentally, these same skills will help you build trust and rapport within any relationship. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/building-trust-with-a-group-using-good-communication-skills/

19. 4 Strategies for Handling Hecklers While Giving a Speech
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Description: If you practice great presentation skills and focus on designing your presentations on what your audience needs and wants, you will likely not have much trouble with hecklers. However, it only takes a single mad-at-the-world heckler to quickly turn your presentation masterpiece into modern art. So, when you are rudely interrupted, you will want to have a strategy that calms the heckler and makes you continue to look like the expert in the room. One of the more recent occurrences in social media is the birth of "internet trolls." While internet trolls and hecklers have a couple of things in common, such as mean and offensive language, internet trolls are able to hide their real identity in fake online accounts. The majority of them aren’t really mean in real life. Hecklers, on the other hand, are braver in a way that they’re confident in attracting negative attention to themselves without masking their identity. Online trolls can be ignored. Ignoring a heckler while giving a speech is not so easy, though, and can cause you to lose credibility in front of your audience. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/4-strategies-for-handling-hecklers-while-giving-a-speech/

20. A Good Communication Coach Can Help Shore Up Communication Weaknesses
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Description: A good communications coach (formal or informal) can help you identify communication strengths and weaknesses. Years ago, I was having coffee with a colleague. He mentioned that he had just had a session with his "personal coach." During the session, this coach helped him lay out, in pretty god detail, so strategic goals that he should be focusing on. Between you and I, the whole discussion seemed weird to me. Honestly, I thought that this "coach" was, most likely, a con-artist. I had heard about these people who had never really accomplished anything in their lives, but who paid for some weekend certification to get a certificate to become a certified life coach. After he mentioned his session, I, in my sarcastic way, told him, "Man, I could have told you that for free." It's funny, because, I guess I'm a skeptic by nature. So, if you are trying to sell me on the value of something new to me, you'd better have some solid proof. Interestingly, just six years prior to that conversation, my communications coach had helped me increase my financial success by almost double. I just didn't realize that she was a "communications coach." I had been working for an oil company. At the time, the price of oil was at rock bottom, so chances of advancement were slim. In fact, my company had just started laying off people, and I was one of the last guys hired. I had spent four years getting a university degree that was specific to the oil industry, so I was terrified about what I was going to do for a living. Out of desperation, I ended up taking a three month leadership development course. The instructor for this course was not a fly-by-night teacher who gained her experience from a seminar. Instead, she was a highly successful business person who had also trained with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the area. She was able to shave years off of my learning curve. In fact, less than a year after finishing her leadership class, I changed careers and quickly been promoted into management. I was making more money in my monthly bonus checks than I had made at the oil company. The funniest part about that conversation I had with my colleague was that, if I had never met this leadership coach, I would not have ever been at that table, having coffee in the first place. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/a-good-communication-coach-can-help-shore-up-communication-weaknesses/

21. Online Training Best Practices that Supports Your In-Person Training Sessions
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Description: So how do you create an online training course that people don't hate? Six months ago, we set out to recreate the online version of The Fearless Presentations ® Course. To be blunt, when we started, I just assumed that we would just update the videos of the old version, make it look prettier, and be done. However, the more we updated, the more opportunities that we noticed. I think my biggest obstacle at the beginning was my preconceived notions about online training. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/online-training-best-practices-that-supports-your-in-person-training-sessions/

22. Modern Examples of Training and Development Programs for Employees in 2019
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Description: The world is constantly changing. In the past, businesses thrived when they created a single new product or idea and brought it to market. Today, though, business thrive by adapting to and adopting best practices that are constantly evolving and changing. One thing is for certain, if you stay still or rest on your laurels, you will fail. The world of training and employee development is also evolving. If you are training and developing your employees the same way that you did 20 years ago, 10 years ago, heck, even just a couple years ago, you are likely falling behind many of your competitors. In this episode, we are going to delve into some modern examples of training and development programs for employees. We could call this 2019 Training and Development Models, and the title would be quite descriptive. BLOG: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/modern-examples-of-training-and-development-programs-for-employees-2019/

23. 7 Qualities of a Good Public Speaker that Every Presenter Should Know (And Emulate)
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Description: What are the most important qualities of a good public speaker? What makes a great presenter? What are the qualities that allow one orator to get up in front of an audience and memorize the crowd while another fails? Well, science may offer the answer to these questions. When I first started teaching the Fearless Presentations ® classes, I did so because I knew from my own experience that the more self-confident a presenter appears to an audience, the more respect that the audience will have for that presenter. In addition,chapter one of my first book was about enthusiasm, because I knew that out of all of the characteristics of a good speaker, enthusiasm was the absolute, most important. Over the years, though, our instructors have worked with over 20,000 presenters. Some had a natural presence in front of groups. Others, however, had to develop a public speaking skill in order to be perceived as being a great public speaker. Below are the seven qualities of a good public speaker that we have identified as the most important. In addition to our observations as public speaking coaches, we have also added the scientific proof that we also uncovered along the way. BLOG: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/7-qualities-of-a-good-public-speaker-that-every-presenter-should-know-and-emulate/

24. Why Do I Still Get Nervous When I Speak in Public?
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Description: I was teaching a presentation skills class in Houston this week, and I had two separate participants pull me aside at two separate breaks and ask the same exact question... "Why do I still get nervous when I speak in public?" This question is very common (both during a presentation class, and sometimes, even afterwards). When you understand the answer to this question, though, you have a much better chance of eliminating your public speaking fear for good. The answer has three parts. First, many of the things that we do to reduce public speaking nervousness will actually cause the nervousness. Second, fear, of any kind, can be conquered if you both reduce the risk of failure and have a series of successes in a short period of time. Finally, the way that the Fearless Presentations ® class works is that, as we cover new stages of delivering presentations, the stages get more complicated. So, the process is designed to make participants continually experience higher levels of nervousness, but also allows them to experience a success at each stage. Let's cover each of these three areas in a little more detail. BLOG: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/why-do-i-still-get-nervous-when-i-speak-in-public/

25. How to Promote Yourself as a Professional Speaker
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Description: We just finished a five-part series about How to Start a Public Speaking Career. If you haven't had a chance to read (or listen to) that series, it will help you understand the concepts that we talk about here, much more clearly. In this session, we are going to cover how to promote yourself as a professional speaker. In the earlier sessions, we talked about how to get experience speaking within your current industry. Some of the ideas were to start out as a trainer in your current industry and to speak to associations within your industry. This helps you practice your craft, but, more importantly, it helps you get video of yourself in front of actual audiences. In the last session, we talked about how to create content like blog posts, videos, and books that you will be able to use to market yourself as a professional speaker. So, we are going to assume, at this point, that you have followed the guidelines in the previous session, and you have at least 20 blog posts, 20 podcast episodes, 40-50 two-minute to five-minute videos, and you have self-published a book comprised of 10 of your best blog posts. (If you don't have these yet, make sure to follow the guidelines in Start Your Own Public Speaking Company from Scratch.) Keep in mind that you don't have to have ALL of these things, but the more content that you have, the more professional you will appear to a potential client/customer. We are also going to assume that the content that you have created is in a specific niche within a defined market, and that this particular market needs your content. BLOG:https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-promote-yourself-as-a-professional-speaker/

26. Start Your Own Public Speaking Company from Scratch
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Description: This is part five of a five part series about how to start a public speaking career. In the past posts, we focused on how to use public speaking within your current career, both as an income stream and as marketing. We also covered a session on how to become a professional speaker for an established speaking company. In this post, we will cover a few step-by-step items that will help you create your own presentation company. If you want to be a professional public speaker, these tips can help you get started.

27. Become a Certified Speaker for an Established Presentation Company
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Description: We are continuing our series on How to Start a Public Speaking Career, and in this session, we will show a shortcut by working for an organization that is already established. Just as a recap of what I discussed in the first post, the advantages of this route is that the company the speaker is representing has already done the hard work. They have already created the content, vetted the content, and created a customer base. The downside is that the speaker can't create or promote his/her own content as easily. In addition, if the speaker quits working for the company, he/she will likely have to start from scratch to create their own content and customer base. In this episode, I'll cover the pros and cons in more detail. I will also give a step-by-step process that you can go through if you want to become a speaker for one of these companies. BLOG:https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/become-a-certified-speaker-for-an-established-presentation-company/

28. Using a Speech to Promote a Product or Service-Use Public Speaking as Marketing
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Description: This is part three of our posts on How to Start a Public Speaking Career. In the last session, we talked about the easiest way to begin as a professional speaker — by Speaking within Your Current Industry. In this session, we are going to show you a few simple ways to use public speaking to promote or market your product or service. In fact, using a speech to promote a product or service is a fantastic way to conduct a marketing campaign.

29. Become a Professional Public Speaker by Speaking within Your Current Industry
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Description: One of the easiest ways to become a professional public speaker is by speaking to groups within your current industry. In this podcast, we will show you a number of ways to get paid as a professional speaker without having to change careers. This podcast is a continuation of our previous podcast, How to Start a Public Speaking Career. Although this is just one of the three routes that we will cover in details, this route is one of the most common (and perhaps the most lucrative as well). So, we will spend a little more time on this one. BLOG: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/become-a-professional-public-speaker-by-speaking-within-your-current-industry/ Thank you for listening! Be sure to follow to stay up to date with all of our content!

30. How To Start A Public Speaking Career
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Description: Being a professional speaker is a very lucrative and rewarding profession. But, if you have never actually made money from speaking before, you may be looking for how to start a public speaking career. Just as an FYI, the way that I did it is not the ideal way to become a professional speaker. In fact, when I give advise to new speakers, I tell them to do the opposite of what I did. However, over the past 20 years, I’ve trained over 100 professional speakers, and many of these presenters are at the top of their industries. Below are a few ideas that may help. BLOG: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-start-a-public-speaking-career/ WEBSITE:https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/

31. How To Introduce Yourself Before any Presentation
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Description: One of the more challenging parts of any presentation is the very first part. If you are wondering how to introduce yourself before starting your presentation, you are in good company. For most of us, once we get the first few sentences out, our nervousness will diminish pretty significantly. So, this initial self-introduction is really important. If we struggle here, our nervousness will increase. In addition, the old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” is very true.

32. The 10 Deadly Sins That Turn Off Audiences
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Description: 10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes (What Not to do During a Presentation) Want to know what not to do during a presentation? (I know it isn’t grammatically correct, but that is what people are typing into search engines.) Well, below are 10 of the biggest public speaking mistakes that presenters make. This is a list of the what we call the 10 deadly sins that turn off audiences. Use it as a checklist for yourself. If you find that you sometimes do one or two of these items, then the list will help you identify what to work on. If you find that a few of these are common, then, just know, that we help participants solve ALL of these 10 things in our Fearless Presentations ® class. Follow the link for details about classes coming up in your area. Data-Dumping. Too much information or too many slides and/or bullet points. The biggest (worst) thing that a speaker can do is to Data Dump. This is where the speaker gives endless bullet points and endless slides with way too much data for a single sitting. As speakers, we often feel like, if we don’t tell the audience everything, we have failed as a presenter. In reality, though, that is really unrealistic. For instance, I have been teaching presentation skills classes for over 20 years. If I tried to explain to the audience EVERYTHING that I know about the topic in a single one-hour presentation, it would be disastrous. Instead, I would do much better to focus on just a few key items that will be most helpful to that audience, right now. A few items covered really well is always better than a lot of items covered in a cursory way. Reading a long series of bullet points to the audience with little additional information. This mistake often occurs when the presenter is nervous about forgetting important parts of the presentation. To reduce the nervousness, though, he/she will often add a bullet for every single data point covered in the presentation. This causes the “Read… Click… Read… Click…” method of presenting. Here is a reality check for you if you have ever used this technique… IT DOESN’T WORK Most speakers who do this will sound really boring. The technique also forces the presenter to cover EVERY SINGLE BULLET, no matter what. So when the speaker looks out at the audience and sees them getting droopy and drowsy, he/she will often panic. The speaker will rush through the remaining points and seem very unprofessional in the process. Instead, limit your main bullet points to just a few, most important items. Then use attention getting pieces of evidence like stories, examples, analogies, quotes, audience participation, props, and the like. (We cover how to add each of these in the Fearless Presentations ® class by the way!) Speaking while audience tries to read the slide. Coming in at #3 (and my personal pet peeve) is when a speaker provides a complicated visual aid, but then doesn’t refer to it. I remember sitting through a company meeting, once, where the speaker put up a slide with 10 bullets. Then, he just started talking. A kept looking at the slide as he spoke. I assumed that he was on bullet number four, but then he clicked to the next slide. Since he never referred to the slide, it didn’t really help us understand the content. It just confused everyone. Remember that your visual aid is there to help you explain your content. Poor eye contact. This item always comes up high in survey results. However, we actually don’t see it occur much in our classes. The reason why is that if you design a good presentation, this typically fixes itself. For instance, if you are violating the top two or three of these tips, your going to be looking at your slides and your bullets (not your audience). If you focus on just a few items and use examples, stories, and analogies to reinforce each point, you will naturally make good eye contact with your audience. (This one is the easiest one to fix!) Repetitious or predictable gestures. I had a Business Law professor in college who I absolutely loved. He had phenomenal stories that kept us all entertained. However, he had one, very noticeable habit that was actually pretty funny. Whenever he got a question from the audience that made him have to think a little, he would walk to the left part of the stage, pull Chapstick out of his pocket, and lather on the lip balm as he answered the question. It became so predictable, that, as the semester progressed, a few of the students were constantly asking him questions just to see how many times he would apply the balm in a single class. My professor had gestures and movements that were predicable. As a result, these actions became a distraction. Although we don’t do a tremendous amount of video recording in our presentation classes, we do a little. These short video sessions are essential to determine what our predicable gestures and habits are. Once we know about them, we can work on eliminating them. Low energy delivery. Although this isn’t #1 on our list, in my opinion, I believe it is the most destructive to a presenter. Energy and enthusiasm is the absolute, most sought after trait in a speaker. If you have low energy, your audience will see you as being boring. You will constantly see people on their phones or glancing down at their notes. Most often, people do this to hide their drowsiness. A church I used to attend was led by a fantastic pastor who led very detailed studies. His style, however, was very low energy and lots of detail. Anytime I felt my eyes getting heavy, I’d quickly look down at my Bible. I was afraid that if I kept looking at the pastor, I’d fall dead asleep. Please don’t put your audience through this! Your audience will never have any more enthusiasm about your topic that you do. Kick up the energy a little, and your audience will love you. (For more details, view Enthusiasm: The Secret to Great Presentations.) Shop-talk. Industry specific terms or complicated verbiage when simple will do. We all have internal acronyms that will make absolutely no sense to people outside our organizations. Be careful not to insert these into your presentations. Even in my company, internally, we get tired of saying Fearless Presentations class over and over. So, when we are talking to each other, we just say, the FP class. If I’m giving a presentation, though, and I use this acronym, I will confuse a lot of people. So, be careful about your industry semantics. The biggest challenge with this, however, happens because of insecurity. When a speaker is going to be delivering a presentation to an audience who he/she sees as being highly educated or more successful, the speaker will often fill the presentation with, what I call, “Harvard Words.” They will start to say things like… Diminishing Social Anxiety while Disseminating Knowledge to Vast Audiences of Information Gatherers. They this complicated verbiage, because they want to appear educated in front of the group. In reality, though, they sound confusing. Instead, just use plain, every day language. (By the way, if you haven’t figured it out yet, the phrase above is just a complicated way to say Fearless Presentations. Monotone voice. Or a narrowly ranged voice shows lack of emotional interest in the subject. Monotone voice is just an offset of the low energy speaker above. This version, however, often occurs when the speaker is reading a speech or delivering a memorized speech. Avoid doing these things and kick your energy up, and you will stop this symptom very easily. Useless words. Too many filler words or sounds that make the speaker sound unsure of his/her content. Fillers occur when we get nervous. The more nervous the speaker, the more fillers. We have found that people who attend our classes reduce their fillers pretty dramatically automatically because we help them increase their confidence. So, if you find that you are using a high concentration of ers, uhm, and you knows, come to one of our classes, and we will help you eliminate this challenge very quickly. (For more details, visit How to Eliminate Ers, Uhms, and Other Fillers in Your Speeches.) Going overtime without consent. There are very few things more disrespectful to an audience than going overtime. For instance, let’s say that you are at a conference and the schedule says that lunch will be at Noon. The speaker, right before lunch, though, is a little long-winded. At exactly 11:50 AM, people are going to start looking at their watches. At 11:58 AM, they will start to squirm. By 12:01 PM, the speaker will start to get dirty looks. At 12:05 PM, the entire group will be lost. One of the great things about the presentation outline that we teach in Fearless Presentations ® is that it helps speakers create presentations that hit time frames EXACTLY. In fact, if the organizer came up to one of graduates a few minutes before the speech and said, “I know we gave you 30 minutes on the agenda, but a few speakers ahead of you have gone over. Can you do your speech in 20 minutes instead?” Our graduates would look back at the organizer, smile, and say, “Piece of cake.” The process allows you to adjust your content on-the-fly without reducing the retention or understanding from the audience. For details, you can view the class syllabus at Public Speaking Class. For full notes, visit 10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes

33. How To Persuade An Audience In 5 Minutes Or Less
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Description: I was doing article research this week, and I came across a statement by a world-renowned public speaking coach that made me stop dead in my tracks. This coach was answering the question, “If I’ve only got five minutes for a speech, how do I get my key points across in an interesting way?” The speaker answered by saying, “Five minutes is too short a time to persuade an audience of anything complicated, sophisticated, or controversial.” I was dumbfounded. That is one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever heard. In fact, it is right up there with… “Read my lips… No new taxes.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman…” “Saddam has weapons of mass destruction.” “If you like your plan you can keep your plan.” So, I guess that the statement is not the most ridiculous statement that I’ve ever heard, but it is in the top five. The way that I know that this statement is ridiculous, though, is two-fold. First, because I am a married man. If this statement were true, then I and about 95% of all men would never, ever get married. (Most proposals take way less than five minutes.) Second, for the last 20 years, students in the Fearless Presentations ® public speaking classes have put together thousands (cumulatively) of persuasive speeches that all lasted about five minutes or less. In fact, we create these presentations dozens of times each week. Here is the process that we use.

34. Group Presentation Guide - How To Get Your Group Presentation Team On The Same Page
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Description: I spent years (the better part of a decade) studying everything I could about presentation skills and how to deliver powerful speeches. Years later, I became a presentation coach. I had been coaching speakers for a few years before I got an interesting call from a prospective client. “We have a group of five presenters who are competing for a $300 million project. This contract is vital to the growth of our company. Can you make sure they are delivering a the best possible group presentation for us?” That single request started me down a road that has been a fantastic accomplishment for hundreds of presentation teams over the last couple of decades. Just as an FYI, the group that I coached in that first session didn’t get the big contract. However, from that experience, we learned and adapted. Over the next three years, the group closed over 80% of the contracts that they competed for. Whether you are presenting group sales presentations, or you are presenting a group presentation in school, the following tips can be very helpful. In this group presentation guide, I will share with you some of the alterations and best practices that we found. SHOW NOTES: https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/group-presentation-guide-how-to-get-your-team-on-the-same-page-for-a-group-presentation/

35. Be a More Inspirational Speaker-7 Fantastic Tips from Top Motivational Speakers
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Description: Okay, so you may not want to be a motivational speaker (and live in a van down by the river). However, all of us, at one time or another, will want to be a more inspirational speaker. Sometimes, we just want to motivate our team. In other situations, we may be asked to speak at an annual meeting and want the audience to see us as being an inspirational leader. Whatever the case, there are times when the purpose of our speech is not necessarily to inform or persuade but to motivate and inspire. These are a few tips that will help you be a more inspirational speaker and presenter. So what is the point? If you look at some of the most inspirational speakers of the last 60 years, you will notice a few important things. Each and every one of these speakers designed their inspirational talks around either a single concept or a few simple steps. Almost all relied heavily on powerful stories to build rapport with the audience and insert humor. However, each of these speakers adapted to the media of the time. For instance, Nightingale designed his speeches to fit a single side of a phonograph record. Why? Well, for those of you who are old enough to have ever played one, the good stuff was always on “Side 1” of the record. Side 2 was the filler. So, Nightingale, a radio guy, was creating a message that fit his media. MLK wasn’t concerned about recordings. He was more concerned about inspiring crowds in-person. So, his repetition and cadence made it easier for the crowds to remember his words and act upon them. Most of Zig, Les Brown, and Brian Tracey were most popular in the era of cassette tapes. Most of these tapes could hold 60 minutes of content. I have no research to back this up, but I believe that this is probably why most keynote speeches are still 60 minutes long today. (Although 60 minutes is just about a perfect time to keep people from having to leave the room when nature calls.) Anthony Robbins was one of the first speakers to create comprehensive box sets of inspirational speeches. He made a bunch of money selling CD-Rom sets on QVC. So, he began to create a series of shorter, bite-sized presentations that people could digest over a longer period of time. So, the Story, three-point-talk, story technique was perfect for him. Although Ted Talk seminars have been around for decades, they have become incredibly popular in the YouTube age. Ted’s normal time frame is about 20 minutes per speech. So, interestingly, many of the most watched Ted Talks follow Earl Nightingale’s technique. So, it appears that we have come full circle. In the near future, I’m going to do a similar post about YouTube. I will do a similarly in-depth view of what people are looking for, today, from professional speakers on YouTube. I will give you a hint, though, most professional speakers aren’t yet giving this new market what they really want. Stay tuned!

36. How To Memorize A Speech In 3 Minutes
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Description: Whatever your vocation, you’ll likely find yourself in front of a crowd at some point. And whether you’re a spokesperson, a motivational speaker, an athlete, an entrepreneur, a CEO, or simply a student, you’re a busy person, with more things to do than to sit there and memorize the lines for a speech or presentation. Take heart! The best speeches aren’t memorized line by line, but learned. Most people can tell when you’re reciting a speech from memory, rather than speaking about a subject you know thoroughly. That’s because when you deliver a speech you know inside and out, you sound more interested. There are inflections in your voice, and you’re not staring at your notes, so you’re freed up to make eye contact with your audience. You’d be a far better speaker than someone who is rattling off lines they’ve committed to memory. We’ve got some great tips about how to memorize your speech on a tight timeline. 1) Don’t Memorize a Speech – Learn an Outline Instead of learning eight pages of notes, which is impossible for most people in such a short period of time, commit to learning your speech’s outline. Write down points that you absolutely have to cover, in the order that you cover them, and commit that to memory instead. A common outline is introduction – supporting point 1—supporting point 2—conclusion. For business presentations, the common outline is: identifying the problem—presenting the solution—benefit 1—benefit 2—call to action. This is where knowing your subject comes in. You can talk around the points you have to cover, filling in the gaps and bridging the subjects with anecdotes, examples, and related stories. It’s far more natural-sounding this way. 2) Assign Mental Pictures for Each Point You Write Down This is a great technique if your short-term memory isn’t that good, or you keep forgetting a specific part of your speech. Dissect the section of the speech you’re stuck in, and imagine a scene or object that somewhat resembles it. For instance, if you’re speaking about animal health, and you want to talk about dogs, and then cats, don’t remember the words – try picturing a dog standing next to a cat. Why? It’s easier to remember images than words. Next time you’re reciting the speech, you might get stuck in the same topic again. What do you think will happen when you try to recall what’s next? You’ll probably see images of cats and dogs in your head, and that’s when your brain will start connecting the dots. 3) Map it Out in Your Memory Palace This is the same principle used when memorizing a deck of cards. Basically, you picture a room then associate each item in that room with a particular card, to help you recall them. Now, pick a location you can easily remember in great detail. It could be your bedroom, kitchen, or even your closet. Then create a logical ‘route,’ based on which objects you see first. For example, what are the objects you’ll see on the walk from your bedroom door to your bed? After deciding on a route, imagine taking that route and focusing on the items AND the order you see them. Using the bedroom example, when you open the door, you enter and see your desk and laptop in front, and on the left side you see a bedside table and a lamp. Next to the bedside table is your bed. Now you can use the outline of your presentation to make visual associations with items in your memory palace. Don’t worry if the associations are weird, or outlandish, as that will actually help you recall them faster. The important thing is that the object and topic associations are in the same chronological order as the items you see using your chosen route. Keep Picturing until it Sticks Let yourself get comfortable with your speech’s outline and image associations. Now, when you get up on stage, you won’t be struggling to remember words on a page. All you have to do is picture those objects, which represent your ideas and points, inside that room. Only thing you have to do now is imagine yourself opening the door to that room.

37. How to Stop Using Ers, Uhms, and Other Filler Words in Your Presentations
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Description: Filler words are a natural part of everyday conversations, and in fact, if they aren’t there, you’ll actually sound strange (or even fake) to the audience, so you don’t want to eliminate the filler words all together. However, that doesn’t mean they have to be a major part of your speeches and presentations either. Overuse of the filler words has the potential to detract from your message, so as you become more and more comfortable speaking in front of a group, it might be a good idea to fine-tune your message by reducing these distractions. The best speakers in the world have trained themselves, over time, to minimize their use of filler words. (Notice that I said minimize, not eliminate.) Excessive use frustrates the audience and makes the speaker less credible. With a bit of practice, though, you can minimize filler words as well. SHOW NOTES

38. A Step-by-Step Way to Help ESL Presenters Give Confident Presentations in English
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Description: I received a comment from a website visitor last week thanking me for the blog and asking if I would cover tips for ESL presenters (English as a Second Language). I was actually shocked to realize that in the last four years, we haven’t written anything about this topic. We actually have a step-by-step way to help ESL presenters deliver confident presentations in English. English as a Second Language presentation challenges are very common in today’s business world. In fact, I’m often hired to conduct public speaking classes in Europe and South America, because many business people in countries outside of the US realize that the better that a person can deliver English business presentations, the more doors of opportunity can be opened. Way back in 2005, we started offering our Fearless Presentations ® classes in Paris. Our native French speaking instructor showed up to teach the class, and he was shocked when the entire class wanted him to deliver the class in English. One of the class members said, “If we wanted to be better at giving presentations in French, we could go to dozens of places within a few kilometers of this office. We came to you because you work for an American company.” We were pleasantly surprised and realized that there was a real market for helping non-native English speakers become better presenters. In 2006, one of our big clients, CapitalOne started hiring us to come into their office and deliver the Fearless Presentations ® class as an accent reduction class. Although the class was never designed for this purpose, we got phenomenal results. So if you are not a native English speaker, and you are required to deliver presentations in English, there is help available. Below are a few tips that can really help. SHOW NOTES

39. How to End Your Presentation with a Bang
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Description: Have you ever heard a great speaker end an amazing talk with a lousy “Thank you,” or worse, “That’s all folks, any questions?” Such endings are anti-climactic. You went through all that effort to deliver a good presentation and that’s how you end it? That is a real shame when it happens. To your audience, it’s like a great fairy-tale with a sad ending. A dud, a runner who had cramps a couple of steps before the finish line. So near, yet so far. Below are a few tips that will help you end your presentation with a bang, so that you will finish your race like you ran it. Eliminate these Things from Your Presentation Conclusion Question & Answer Periods. Avoid these Presentation Show Stoppers One of the things that drives me up the wall is ending a fantastic presentation with a Q&A session that is, quite often, lackluster. I remember my Jr. High School football coach talking about passing the ball. He’s say, “Only three things can happen when you pass the ball, and two of them are bad.” I kind of feel the same way about Question & Answer periods. If your audience asks you great questions, you can end your presentation on a high note. However, if your audience asks you odd or uninteresting questions, you can end on a low note. Worse, you may not get any questions, and the ending will just seem odd. When I present, I encourage people to ask questions DURING my presentation. That way, I can use one of the above ideas to end my presentation with a bang. Thanking the Audience for Their Time. When you stand up to speak, you should have the attitude that your audience is there to hear you because you have important information that they need. When you thank your audience for their time, you are conceding that their time is more important than your time. An Abrupt Ending with No Conclusion. When I was in college, I had an internship with Atlantic Richfield. At the end of the internship, I had to give a presentation in Dallas to a room of executives. I bombed the speech. The thing that really put an exclamation point on my failure was that once I ran out of content, I just abruptly stopped and sat down. There was dead silence in the room. The woman who had introduced me just minutes prior, slowly stood up and said, “Well, I guess this is a good time for a break.” Everything that happened after my abrupt ending just made the whole thing more awkward. So, spend time preparing your conclusion. Practice it a few times, and you will end on a high note. The Danger of Not Announcing an Imminent Close Our brains are wired to look for structure in things. That’s why people get frustrated with cliffhangers in movies. Only in movies, there’s a sequel. In speeches and presentations, the end is the end. Give a few hints a couple of slides or paragraphs before the ending. Make it clear that you’re about to wrap things up by saying, “So let me review what we’ve discussed”, “As I wrap up this presentation” or “In conclusion” or “As I conclude this speech, allow me to…” Signaling the close politely prepares your audience for the ending. Plus, those who are starting to lose interest will start paying more attention. Ironically, announcing the ending also makes it more memorable. But how do you make an ending memorable? If saying “Thank you” or “Any questions” is not advisable, what can you do? To view full podcast notes, visit How to End Your Presentation with a Bank.

40. 7 Presentation Habits that Cause You to Become a More Nervous Speaker
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Description: Quite often, when we are nervous speaking in front of a group, we do innocent sounding things to help us be less nervous. However, many of the things that people do to reduce public speaking fear actually CAUSE PUBLIC SPEAKING FEAR. Below are seven of the biggest things that people do to reduce stage fright that are actually more likely to make you nervous. If you feel nervous when you deliver presentations, make sure that you are not doing these things. In fact, if you eliminate these “crutches”, you will likely feel more comfortable right away. 1) Writing Your Presentation Word-for-Word 2) Designing Your PowerPoint Slideshow First 3) Relying on Notes 4) Asking for Critiques from Friends/Coworkers 5) Practicing Alone 6) Videoing Your Presentation and Reviewing It Alone 7) Cognitive Dissonance For full podcast notes, visit 7 Presentation Habits that Cause You to Become a More Nervous Speaker

41. Empathetic Presentation Style Great for Teaching and Emotional Content
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Description: This part five of a five part series on the four main presentation styles. Last week, we covered the Authoritative Presentation Style which has the opposite strengths and weaknesses of this style. In the prior two weeks, we covered the Energetic Presentation Styleand the Analytical Presentation Style (Technical Presentations). This week, we will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the Empathetic Presentation Style. (Psychologists call this style of presenter a Sanguine.) This is the style of presenter that is more “indirect” and “emotional”. Just as a review, by indirect, we mean that this style of presenter will often be more cautious and slower to act. By emotional, we mean that this style will focus more on the feelings of others than facts and data. You will find this style of presentation more frequently in certain industries such as the teaching, philanthropic organizations, and service industries. For full podcast notes, visit Empathetic Presentation Style Great for Teaching and Emotional Content

42. Authoritative Presentation Style Great at Informative and Decision Making Presentations
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Description: A few weeks back, I gave an overview of the four main presentation styles. Last week, we covered the Energetic Presentation Style. The week before, we covered the Analytical Presentation Style (Technical Presentations). You’ll remember from the last two sessions that the Analytical Presenter and Energetic Presenter are polar opposites in the way that they like to present. The Energetic has high energy and tends to like to create presentations that are general and broad. The Analytical likes details and is much more sedate in his or her delivery. This week, we will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the Authoritative Presentation Style. This is the style of presenter that is more “direct” and “logical”. Just as a review, by direct, we mean that this style of presenter will often be more spontaneous and quick to act. By logical, we mean that this style will focus more on facts and data versus people’s feelings. You will find this style of presentation more frequently in certain industries such as the military, construction, manufacturing, and sales. We will cover the last style, Empathetic, next week. You will find that the Authoritative Presenter and Empathetic Presenter are also polar opposites just like the previous two presentation styles. Show notes can be found at Authoritative Presentation Style Great at Informative and Decision Making Presentations

43. Energetic Presentation Style-Great at Motivational and Inspirational Talks
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Description: A couple of weeks ago, I gave an overview of the four main presentation styles. Last week, we covered the Analytical Presentation Style (Technical Presentations). This week, we will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the Energetic Presentation Style. This is the style of presenter that is more “direct” and “emotional”. Just as a review, by direct, we mean that this style of presenter will often be more spontaneous and quick to act. By emotional, we mean that this style will focus more on connecting with people and their feelings. You will find the style of presentation more frequently in certain industries. If you work in a creative industry or one where persuasion is important, you will see this style of delivery quite frequently. Strengths of the Energetic Presentation Style ENERGY: The absolute biggest strength of the Energetic Presentation Style is energy and enthusiasm. Out of all of the presentation styles, people who have this as their natural delivery style are often seen by others as “natural speakers”. This presenter will deliver quick and fast paced speeches that will keep the audience engaged. FUN: Since presenters with this natural style are often creative, they use that creativity to make their delivery fun and interesting. They will often create interesting props or visuals. In addition, they have a flair for the dramatic, so they will often try to add in content that is unique. They want to be different from every other speaker. INTERACTIVE: The energetic speaker loves to get the audience involved in the presentation. They will often prefer a discussion to a lecture. As a result, they love to ask questions to the audience. This speaker is also fond of interesting activities that reinforce the content that they are delivering. More details at our Show Notes page fearlesspresentations.com/energetic-presentation-style-great-at-motivational-and-inspirational-talks

44. Analytical Presentation Style-Great at Technical Presentations and Scientific Talks
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Description: Last week, I gave an overview of the four main presentation styles. This week, we will cover the strengths and weaknesses of the Analytical Presentation Style. This is the style of presenter that is more “indirect” and “logical”. Just as a review, by indirect, we mean that this style of presenter will often be more detailed and thorough. By logical, we mean that this style will focus more on facts and data. You will find the style of presentation more frequently in certain industries. If you work in a scientific or technical industry, you will see this style of delivery quite frequently. We will cover the other three styles, Energetic, Authoritative, and Empathetic, in future session. Strengths of the Analytical Presentation Style DETAILS: As we mentioned on the last posting, the real strengths of this style are the details of the delivery. Natural Analytical styled presenters will be extremely thorough. As a result, the presentation will have a nice, orderly flow. It will also cover details and data that will explain the content in depth. In many cases, the Analytical presenter will feel a tremendous need to explain to the audience everything that he or she knows about the topic. So, it is always a good idea for the Analytical presenter to spend narrowing down the topic ahead of time. CONTENT: Out of all of the presentation styles, the Analytical is most likely to have way more content to deliver than he or she could ever cover in the assigned time period. As a result, they will often have handouts, charts, and graphs to accompany their presentations. HUMOR: Many of the most famous comedians are Analytical presenters. This style of presenter has a natural and dry sense of humor that can be very entertaining. Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Newhart, and Bob Hope were all Analytical presenters. Each of these comedians were so good at their craft, that they were popular among a number of different generations and popular for decades. In fact, Bob Newhart described the analytical presenter well when he said, “Comedians are innately programmed to pick up oddities like mispronounced words, upside-down books on a shelf, and generally undetectable mistakes in everyday life.” For full podcast notes visit FearlessPresentations.com

45. Presentation Styles-Choose a Presentation Style that Maximizes Your Strengths
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Description: Our presentation skills instructors have discovered that there are four major presentation styles. Presenters who choose a style that maximizes their strengths make delivering presentations much easier. On this podcast, we identify each style and briefly give the strengths and weaknesses of each style. This is part 1 of a five part series about how to choose a presentation style that will help you become a world-class presenter and speaker. For Show Notes, visit the Presentation Styles-Identify Your Strengths as a Presenter to Impress Your Audience webpage.

46. Increase Security and Income with Presentation Skills Training
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Description: I wrote an article back in 2013 called Increase Security and Income with Presentation Skills Training. I wrote it to tout the value of investing in yourself. For the last couple of decades, we have seen thousands of people increase their income and job security by investing in professional development classes. So, when I originally wrote the article, I researched how much a Masters degree cost to achieve, and I compared that cost with the additional potential revenue that you could make by receiving the degree. I then compared that result with the much lower cost of professional development training and the return on investment that it provided. What I found was that professionals receive a much higher return on investment from professional development classes than from higher education degrees. Recently, I’ve watched news outlets report about the higher cost of a Bachelors degree as well. As a business owner, I communicate consistently with peers who are also executives in companies. I started asking them years ago, “Is a college degree worth it anymore?” More and more often, the reply back is, all-be-it reluctantly, “I don’t think so.” So, in this podcast, I revisit the topic o the value of professional development classes. I also research the value of a college degree in 2018. Is a college degree worth it today? Listen up, and see for yourself.

47. 5 Key Ideas for Great Train-the-Trainer Presentation Skills Sessions
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Description: This is part two of a two part series on Train-the-Trainer sessions. In this episode, we cover 5 ideas that will allow you to become a better presentation skills coach or to train other trainers. For full show notes, visit https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/train-the-trainer-presentations-skills/

48. Train-the-Trainer Presentations Skills Lessons
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Description: Many of you know my background. I didn’t set out to be a presentation skills coach. I was just a guy who had a challenge with public speaking. I studied and practiced for years, and I figured out a few secrets that make presenting much easier. I spent the first 10 years of my career learning everything I could about public speaking. I spent the next five years training thousands of people in the skill. Eventually, though, I got to a point where I didn’t have any more time. So, I began to train other trainers. In fact, for the last decade or so, I’ve done very few public speaking classes myself. I’ve spent those years doing train-the-trainer presentation skills sessions. These are a few things that I’ve learned along the way that may help if you are wanting to be a public speaking coach or if you are training others to be teachers. For full show notes, visit https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/train-the-trainer-presentations-skills/

49. Nuts and Bolts About How to Deliver a Webinar
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Description: This part three of a three part series on webinars. In this episode, I’ll show you a few of the technical secrets about how I deliver the actual webinars. I’m going to cover which of the paid-for webinar services that I recommend, how to deliver webinars for free, and which platforms are trending right now. If you missed either of the first two session, you can access them by clicking these links. The first session was 7 Important Things that You Need to Know about Webinars. I told you types of content that work really well in webinars and types of content that can be very bad. Last week, we covered How to Create Webinar Content to Maximize Audience Retention. In that episode, I shared with you a step-by-step process that you can use to design webinar content so that your audience will pay attention. To access full show notes, visit: Nuts and Bolts of How to Deliver a Webinar.

50. How to Create Webinar Content to Maximize Audience Retention
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Description: Continuing in our three-part webinar series, in this episode, we cover how to create webinar content to help you maximize audience retention. In the last episode, we covered 7 Important Things that You Should Know about Webinars before you start. Next week, we’ll cover a few of the technical aspects of how to deliver webinars. These are some of the most useful ways that I have found to create webinar content and maximize audience retention. Start by determining if a webinar is the best medium for your presentation. Keep your content short. Make it audience focused. Next, put some meat on the bones to add value for your attendees. Then finally practice your presentation and add in your visual aids. For full show notes, visit our website at How to Create Webinar Content to Maximize Audience Retention

51. 7 Important Things that You Need to Know about Webinars
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Description: One of the most common questions that we receive in our public speaking classes is, "Do the things that you are teaching us about in-person presentations change when you are on a webinar?" The answer to that question is both "Yes" and "No". The way that we teach people to design presentations is based on (1) focusing an the audience and what the audience wants and needs to know, and (2) make your content concise and entertaining. So, in those respects, yes, webinar creation is pretty much the same as an in-person presentation. However, there are seven important things that you need to know about webinars that make them dramatically different from other presentations. If you understand these key things, you can create powerful webinars that leverage your time and your reach. This is article and podcast is part one of a three-part series. Part two will be about how to customize your content for a webinar delivery, and part three is about the technical aspects of conducting a webinar. In part three, I'll show you the software that I use and why I use it. For full show notes, visit this link.

52. Make Your Presentation Handouts Look Professional without a Graphic Designer
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Description: Last week was part one of How to Create the Perfect Presentation Handout. In that article and podcast, I gave you three easy ways to create helpful handouts to accompany your in-person presentations. This week, I’m going to show you how to style your presentation handouts so that they look really professional. The good news is that you don’t need any special graphic design skills, and you don’t need any special software. You can make everything that we are going to talk about today with just an internet browser. For full podcast notes, visit our website Episode #44

53. How to Create the Perfect Presentation Handout
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Description: Have you ever wondered how to create the perfect presentation handout? You’ve been asked to give a speech, and you’re excited to give the best presentation possible. You put all kinds of preparation into putting together an amazing presentation, and finding the perfect examples to prove your points. Your presentation is infused with memorable anecdotes, terrific insights, great visuals and even a wry joke here or there. You’ve covered every possible angle – or have you? Have you thought about what handouts you’ll be providing to your audience? If you haven’t, then you haven’t covered all the must-haves of a great presentation. Good speakers and lecturers usually give handouts to accompany their speeches. As a result, a great handout can make your presentation more memorable. It gives your audience the freedom to listen to your presentation instead of frantically taking notes. The handouts you provide also help them remember the key points and highlights from your presentation, making your talk even more valuable. People are grateful for good handouts, and will remember you long after the talk ended. Finally, your handout can be used as an exceptional marketing piece. If it is good enough, your audience members will both keep it and share it with others. Access the full podcast notes on our website.

54. Use Gestures and Movement to Look More Poised and Confident when You Present
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Description: Whether you are brand new to speaking or you have been presenting for years, you will want to look confident when you stand up to speak. This can be a challenge though if you are really nervous. We are always afraid that the nervousness that we feel will be obvious to the audience. So, how do you look poised and confident in front of a group, even if you don’t actually feel confident yet? For all the show notes, visit our website at https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/presentation-gestures-and-movement/

55. How to Recover from a Terrible Speech (Bombing on Stage)
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Description: It happens to all of us sooner or later. We prepare well. We practice over and over. But then, something happens that is totally out of our control, and we bomb. So, how do you recover after giving a terrible speech and bombing on stage? Whether the challenge occurs as a result of nervousness or presentation anxiety, or if nuclear reaction came from improper preparation, it happens. Even public speaking pros can bomb a speech every now and then. These are a few things that you can do to recover. For Podcast Notes, visit this link.

56. The Special Sauce for Your Presentation Masterpiece (Comparisons)
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Description: I like to think of myself as a pretty good speaker and writer. I always hated English class in high school and college, though. So, I always got confused between what was a metaphor, what was a simile, and what was an analogy. To me, these parts of speech were so similar, that I didn’t really see a lot of difference in them. (Still don’t, by the way.) However, these often confused parts of speech are the special sauce to really great presentation burgers. If you use them just right, these items will be like adding the perfect piece of jewelry to a formal dress. They will take a speech that is already pretty good, and make it exceptional. Five Ways to Use Similes, Metaphors, and Analogies to Add Flavor to Your Presentations. 1) Attention Getting Titles (and Bullets). 2) Add Humor to Dry Presentations. 3) A Single Comparison Developed Throughout the Presentation. 4) Use them with Other Evidence to Clarify Content. 5) Make Technical Content More Easily Understood. Click Here for Show Notes

57. 7 Stellar Presentation Enhancers that Add Impact to Any Speech
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Description: So you have written a great presentation, but now you want to make it phenomenal. These 9 stellar presentation enhancers will add impact to any speech. In this series of podcasts, Doug Staneart breaks down his public speaking “Impact Ideas” that can be inserted into any speech to really make them come alive. Below is a list of all nine items. Each item links to more details below as well! Anecdotes: A funny story or a story that makes a point is often more memorable than just a bullet point. Demonstration: When you show your audience what you are trying to tell them, they will often have more clarity. Quote: A testimonial from an expert or client at the right time can add credibility. Sample: Something that your audience can see, touch, and feel has more impact than just a description of the item. Name Drop: If you don’t have a quote, you can name drop others who agree with you. Non-PowerPoint Visual Aid: A spontaneous flip-chart drawing, a poster, or board will often have a greater impact on the audience than an image on a slideshow that is more temporary. Showmanship: Never underestimate the entertainment value of your presentation. Podcast notes are available at https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/7-stellar-presentation-enhancers-that-add-impact-to-any-speech/

58. 9 Reliable Ways to Add Audience Participation to Your Presentation
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Description: Audience Participation is one of the most effective ways to make a good presentation into a stellar presentation. However, it also has a lot of danger. A good, thought provoking, open-ended question to the audience can help you persuade even the toughest audience. However, if the audience believes that your question is being used to manipulate them they may respond negatively or shut down entirely.

59. Complacent: 7 Surprising Ways Your Past Successes Limit Future Success
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Description: The word complacent may just be the biggest enemy of success. In fact, I’ve noticed that, if you look at history as well as the current business climate, you’ll find that past successes almost always limit future successes. That is, unless you are constantly looking for new ways to improve yourself and your organization. I have to admit, I have been both the beneficiary of capitalizing on others complacency as well as being the dupe who became complacent and missed out on opportunities. Perhaps you’ll be able to learn from both my successes and failures so that you can identify the opportunities in your own industry. COMPLACENT (definition): marked by self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies (Merriam-Webster). Complacent: 7 Surprising Ways that Your Past Success May Limit Your Future Success Stagnation in the Marketplace is Often Caused by Complacency. Hunger for Success Causes Us to Look for Opportunities. The Bigger the Ship the More Time It Takes to Steer Away from Danger. The Skills and Knowledge that We Acquire to become Successful Creates a Perception of Loss If We Change. The Devil You Know is Better than the Devil You Don’t. The “Avis: We Try Harder” Effect. The Complacency of Others that Allows Us to Succeed Sometimes Envelops Us as Well. Podcast notes at https://www.leadersinstitute.com/complacent-7-surprising-ways-your-past-successes-limit-future-success/

60. People Judge Your Competence Based on Your Confidence
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Description: The Importance of Self-Confidence People will judge our COMPETENCE by the CONFIDENCE that we show. For example, let’s say that you are going in for surgery, and just before you go under, the surgeon walks into your room. His posture is slouching, as he speaks, he stumbles over his words somewhat, and when you look at his hands, they are trembling a little. Now, it doesn’t matter how good of a surgeon he is, you’ll probably want a second opinion (maybe even a third opinion) — Fast! Well, it’s the same in just about any industry. People judge how good we are at what we do by how confident we are when we communicate with them. If we speak with poise and confidence, they will automatically make the assumption that we are competent at what we do until we prove ourselves otherwise. The opposite is true as well. When we speak with nervousness or fear, the audience will automatically assume that we don’t know what we are doing until we prove ourselves otherwise.

61. 7 Foolproof Ways to Start a Presentation and 1 Way that Works on Occasion
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Description: We’ve all been there as a speaker. You walk out onto a stage or into the front of the room, and the audience is staring at you with skepticism written all over their faces. This stoic crown has no patience for speakers who waste their time, and their demeanor is showing that fact right now. You need a foolproof way to start your presentation so that you win over this audience. I’ve been there myself. Below are a few of my favorite ways to start a speech that will help you capture positive attention from your audience and get even the most stoic crowd to want more from you. Podcast Notes at https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/how-to-start-a-presentation/

62. How a Shy, Trailer Park Kid Became a World Class Speaker - Part 2
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Description: This is part 2 of a 2 part inspirational story about Doug Staneart — President and CEO of The Leader’s Institute ® and Creator of the Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Training Programs. This is my inspirational story of triumph over public speaking fear that allowed me to create one of the most successful training companies in the world!

63. How a Shy, Trailer Park Kid Became a World Class Speaker (And How You Can Too!)
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Description: Doug Staneart — President and CEO of The Leader’s Institute ® and Creator of the Fearless Presentations ® Public Speaking Training Programs. This is my inspirational story of triumph over public speaking fear that allowed me to create one of the most successful training companies in the world! I overcame being an incredibly shy kid who got beat up and bullied in grade school to become an NCAA football player. My first formal presentation in the business world was such a failure that it cost me my first career, but that failure allowed me to help over 100,000 people conquer the same challenge. In fact, each of these obstacles taught me truths about life that have allowed me to create one of the most successful training companies in the world.

64. How to Make a Fortune Speaking for a Living
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Description: Want to actually make money from speaking? Doug Staneart shares some incites from his 20+ years as a professional speaker and trainer about how you can make a fortune as a professional speaker. Show notes at How to Make a Fortune Speaking for a Living

65. How to Design Killer Content for Blogs and Motivational Speeches
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Description: Use This Step-by-Step Process to Create Content (Blog posts, motivational speeches, keynotes, etc.) Start by determining what your audience wants and needs by using five simple techniques from the podcast. Next, you don't have to reinvent the wheel. Instead, do some research and determine what other experts are saying. Add in some examples and stories to give the content flavor, and then use the secret sauce developed by great speakers like Les Brown and Paul Harvey.

66. Top Five (5) Biggest Myths about Public Speaking Fear and Stage Fright
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Description: It's time to set the record straight. ANYONE can be a fantastic, world-class speaker with a little bit of training, a little bit of coaching, and a little bit of practice. It doesn't take years of study and practice, and it doesn't take thousands of dollars of investment. One of the hardest things to get across to new presenters is the immutable fact that just about everything that you have ever learned about public speaking and creating good business presentations is flat out WRONG! The following are some of the biggest myths about stage fright and public speaking training. For Podcast notes, visit https://www.fearlesspresentations.com/30

67. How to Scare the Gooey Out of a Nervouse Speaker (And How to Avoid It Happening to You)
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Description: Are you a nervous public speaker? A majority of the population has some type of fear of public speaking. Ironically, a great deal of this nervousness or anxiety comes from well-meaning friends or coworkers who are just trying to help. When we see a friend struggling, we naturally want to help. So, we might offer a little constructive criticism as a way to help a new presenter improve his/her public speaking. However, these "helpful" pieces of advice can actually have an extreme negative effect. This session shows how constructive criticism can actually cause public speaking fear. We'll also cover a few ways to reduce this nervousness when we coach or mentor a nervous speaker.

68. The Public Speaking Secret that Every Professional Speaker Knows that Will Make You a Better Speaker
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Description: Podcast 28 The Secret to Great Presentations: ENTHUSIASM If you take only one piece of advice about public speaking, make sure that it is this pearl of wisdom. If you focus on this one simple thing, the number of times you say “uhm” won’t matter. If you focus on this one thing, your gestures and not knowing what to do with your hands won’t matter. If you focus on this one thing, then the occasional loss of train of thought won’t matter. In fact, if you focus on this one simple thing, you can break just about every rule that public speakers are supposed to abide by, and you will still win over your audience. TechFind: Add Short Funny Anecdotes to Your Presentations I have been plugging the virtues of Readers Digest as a source for funny anecdotes for presentations for years (really decades). However, their website at https://www.rd.com, has hundreds of funny anecdotes sorted by topic. So if you are stuck for a way to add some humor into your presentation, start there. Just so you know, I typically don’t use the stories themselves in my presentations, but every once in a while, I find a gem that I can’t resist. I find that reading the stories,though, help me remember funny incidents from my own life. Self-deprecating humor typically works better than trying to tell someone else’s story or joke. Enthusiasm and Energy is the Secret of Great Presenters This one simple rule has transformed countless mediocre speakers into good speakers, scores of good speakers into great speakers, and numerous great speakers into world-class speakers. This simple rule that can make or break a speaker is… ENTHUSIASM. That’s right, if you have a little excitement in your talk and a spring in your step, people pay attention. Your audience will have just about as much excitement about your talk as you do, and no more. So, if you want to win over your audience, add a sparkle of enthusiasm. One of my mentors told me that there are two rules to live by in the world of professional speakers. She said, “Rule number one is to never speak on a topic that you yourself are not enthusiastic about, and rule number two is that if you ever violate rule number one, fake it ’til you make it.” Frank Bettger in his book How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling said it a different way. He said, “If you act enthusiastic, then you’ll be enthusiastic.” For those of us who get nervous in front of groups, it’s even easier. In the previous chapter I pointed out that 90% of our nervousness doesn’t even show. Let’s look at the other 10%. When we are nervous, we often cut out preambles and get right to the point, our rate of speech typically speeds up, we tend to move around a lot more, and we may move our hands around more than normal. Well, when we are excited about something, we do the exact same things. Years ago, when I was a sales manager, I was often amazed at the number of times that a brand new sales person without a lot of product knowledge and absolutely no experience, could close sale after sale while my more seasoned people were struggling. The more times I went on sales calls with these new people, the more I started to notice a pattern. New salespeople are often nervous, so when they walk into an office on a sales call, they tend to cut right to the chase. They also generally talk faster because they are afraid they’ll forget something. They have a tough time sitting still because of the nervousness, so they move around a lot. I noticed that these symptoms of nervousness worked to the advantage of these new salespeople, because their prospects looked across the table at salespeople who appeared to be extremely enthusiastic about what they were selling. I would imagine that these potential buyers were saying things to themselves like, “if this person believes so much in this product, it must be good.” We as speakers can also use our nervousness to our advantage. When we turn that pent up nervousness into energy and enthusiasm, our audience can’t help but be energized as well.

69. How a Mathematical Breakthrough from Pixar Can Help You Design Better Presentations
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Description: A few days ago, I started watching a Netflix documentary on how fractal mathematics helped start Pixar. (Yes, I watch really boring stuff on Netflix, but in my defense, I was watching it in bed, at night, trying to go to sleep. It worked.) We have always had a fantastic success teaching people how to design presentations that are based on just a few (three to five) main points. However, the documentary explained how the structure of this type of presentation works and why it works so well. So, in this episode, we’ll show how the techniques that we cover in our classes work… mathematically. We also have a Techfind that will help you add local humor to your presentations. TechFind: Use Google to Add Humor to Any Presentation When I first started speaking and writing, I was always looking for ways to add humor to my presentations. At the time, Dr. Phil was a regular on the Prah Winfrey show, and eventually, he got his own daytime TV show. Whenever he made an appearance on Oprah, he always got a lot of laughs because he added a lot of Texas idioms to his speech. (In fact, Dr. Phil was the first person to ever use the phrase “Open up a can of whoop-ass” on national television.) So, I figured that since I am also from Texas, if I added some uniquely Texas sayings into my presentations, my speeches might get even funnier. It worked. The great news, now, is that Google (or any other search engine) can makes finding the perfect idiom for your speech pretty easy. Just type your region into the search engine and add the word Idiom. When I typed up Texas Idiom, I got a bunch of funny saying such as… If you cut your own firewood, it’ll warm you twice. He can strut sitting down. She’d charge hell with a bucket of ice water. Busy as a stump-tailed bull in fly season. Okay, this technique doesn’t work for every state or region, but you’d be surprised by how funny regional humor can be. For instance, when I typed in “Alaskan Idioms”, I got… You know you’re in Alaska when your snowblower gets stuck on the roof. You know you’re in Alaska when you know that bear insurance is being with someone that you know you can outrun. You know you’re in Alaska when you have more miles on your snowblower than you do your car. Just for fun, let’s try Midwest Idioms. That makes as much sense as government cheese. Slow as molasses in January. He’s got a hollow tail. (Is angry.) The point is that these are a fun way to add just a spark of humor to your presentation. A Great Presentation has a Fractal Structure As I mentioned in the introduction above, I came across the term Fractal Mathematics from a Netflix documentary. (Which documentary doesn’t really matter.) The more that the host explained about this division of math, though, the more sense the three-point talk makes. Without going into all of the boring explanations Fractals are infinitely complex patterns that are self-similar across different scales. An example of a natural fractal is a mountain range. When you look at a mountain from a distance, it is very difficult to judge how far away from the mountain you are. In fact, if you take a close up photograph of a bolder, it will be very difficult to judge whether the bolder is one foot tall or thousands of feet tall. Another example of a fractal is a triangle. Try this. Draw a triangle. Then put a dot in the exact middle of each side of the triangle. Now connect the three dots. You will create four new triangles that all look exactly like the first one, but on a smaller scale. You can do the process again and again, and you will always end up with smaller versions of the original shape. Pixar Realized that this Mathematical Theory had Other Applications In 1980, Loren Carpenter was working for Boeing in their computer graphics department. The executives at Boeing wanted their marketing posters to have realistic mountains in the background, so Carpenter wanted to try to make the mountain ranges using computer graphics. The problem was, though, that each iteration of the graphic looked pretty fake. The mountains were square and boxy. Since Carpenter also had a mathematics degree, he had had come across a paper written a decade or so earlier that talked about how fractal mathematics was the backbone of natural shapes in the world. He wondered if he could use the concept to create more realistic computer images. What he figured out was that if he created the same shape (a triangle) and created an infinite number of the same shape, he could create a more realistic mountain (also a triangle). The smaller that the images got, the more that the sharp and straight lines of the shapes began to appear curved. This technology became the basis for the graphics created by the Pixar movie company. So, when you look at Buzz Lightyear’s curved nose, the image is actually a series of infinitely smaller straight-lined shapes. Use the Same Technique to Create a Great Presentation So, if you think about the technique that we covered in Podcast #3 How to Design a Great Presentation, the technique follows the same formula. First, you start with the original topic. For example, “I want to create a mountain that is triangle shaped.” Then, break the original topic into four (plus or minus one) equal parts. If you stop there, you will have a good outline, but the information won’t be very practical. (You’ll have a boxy looking mountain.) However, if you break each of those new triangles into four (plus or minus one) equal parts, the shapes become smoother. Do this process again and again, and your content becomes smoother and less jagged. For a presentation, start with a topic. Break the big topic into four component bullets. Then make each of the bullets into its own separate presentation and do the same thing. Create four (plus or minus one) bullets for each original bullet. Then repeat the process. Example Presentation: World History Let’s do a quick example. Let’s say that our topic is “World History”. If we wanted to create an hour long presentation about World History, we could add a bunch of stories and examples and maybe some analogies and showmanship. We might make the presentation entertaining. However, the content wouldn’t be very practical. But if we create a separate presentations out of (1) the Pre-Written History Era, (2) the BC Era, (3) the early AD Era, and the (4) Post-Industrial Revolution era, the content will be a little more useful. If we took the BC Era and divided it into sections based on the civilizations that ruled including (1) Egypt, (2) Babylon, (3) Assyria, (4) Greece, and (5) Rome, the content gets even more practical. As a final example, let’s take Rome and break into components as well. We might end up with (1) The Republic, (2) Hannibal’s Invasion, (3) Julius Caesar, (4) Augustus, and (5) Constantine. The more that we continue to break up the content into smaller components, the more practical the information that we can cover. So, when you design your presentations, think about the “fractal approach.”

70. Stage Fight-How to Punch Public Speaking Fears in the Face with Cody Smith
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Description: In the podcast this week, I interview Cody Smith who is the author of the book Stage Fight — How to Punch Public Speaking Fears in the Face. It is a hilarious interview where Cody tells about all of the trials and tribulations that he experienced trying to overcome public speaking fear. Have fun listening to and learning from Cody Smith. Cody Smith is a young entrepreneur who realized very early in his academic career that public speaking fear has the ability to hold people back. His new book, Stage Fight, How to Punch Public Speaking Fears in the Face is a very funny and informative outline of all of the steps that Cody took to eliminate his nervousness. Early in the conversation, I asked Cody about his background, and he surprisingly told me that he didn’t write the book to become a professional speaker. Instead, he wrote it because he noticed that a number of his colleagues, who were technically exceptional in their jobs, were getting passed over for promotion by less technical people who could present well. He wrote the book as a way to pass along the tips that he uncovered in his journey to confidence so that other people his age could benefit as well. Public Speaking Failure is Just an Opportunity to Grow and Learn Cody spent a lot of time telling us how when he was a nervous speaker, he saw himself as a victim. It wasn’t his fault he was nervous. The fault was someone else’s. So the first step that he had to take in eliminating the nervousness was to stop hiding behind the “victim shield”. He started to look back on those “failures” to see what he could of done to eliminate the bad results. Once he started to see his past failures as opportunities for improvement, he grew much more quickly. How Long Does It Take to Eliminate Public Speaking Fear? After Cody changed his mental state, he needed practice. So, he set out to speak at least one time per week for 90 days. He said that it worked like a charm. By the end of his 90th day, his confidence was soaring. However, he mentioned that if you follow the step-by-step plan in his book, you can cut that time to just 30 days. He mentioned that unlike what he did, when he coaches people now, he has them practice that presentation each week with a couple of peers. In addition, he also has them go speak on an impromptu basis at least once per week. This increased practice speeds up the process dramatically. To download Cody’s book on Kindle, just click this link: Stage Fight Kindle Version.

71. Persuasive Communication in Normal Everyday Business Conversations
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Description: Last week, I got invited to deliver a presentation for a convention in Orlando, Florida. The session that they had me design was about how to help their attendees communicate in a more persuasive way when making recommendations to patients and customers. I decided to recap the content of that presentation in this podcast.

72. How to Teach a Process with a Bunch of Steps and Not Bore the Heck Out of Your Audience
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Description: Last month, I helped a client re-design their medical training sessions so that they were more interesting and more interactive. As with many training sessions in medicine, it was important for the presenters to cover all of the steps because the safety of the patient was involved. However, when we deliver many, many steps in a single class, participants are likely to forget important parts or become confused. So, we helped this client develop training sessions that increased attendee retention and made it easier for the presenter to deliver as well. So, this podcast covers what we did. In addition, we have a new Techfind that is a great playlist of TedTalks that can help you design and deliver better presentations as well.

73. Why Presentation Training is so Important to Success
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Description: We have a great TechFind that is an Online Speech Creator. It is very helpful if you are trying to design a speech or presentation. On this episode, we step away from the how to present effectively and focus more on the why. Presentation training and communication skills are essential in today's business world. This episode explains why that is.

74. How to Deliver a Eulogy
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Description: A couple of months ago, my father passed away. Even though I'm the middle child, I'm the only sibling who is a professional speaker. So, my brother and sister turned to me to deliver the eulogy. Being a professional speaker, you'd think it would be very easy to design a 10 minute speech about my dad. However, I have to confess that, not only was the speech fairly difficult to create, but I was also really nervous when I stood up to speak. So, I thought it would be a great idea to let you know what I did. That way, you may be able to have fewer challenges if you are ever in a similar situation.

75. I Want to Be Funny-How to Add Humor to Your Speech without being a Clown
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Description: Quite often, when we are designing speeches and presentations for a professional audience, we discount the value of entertainment and humor. In reality, though, a good presentation is both informative and entertaining. Your speech has to be both. If you aren’t providing the audience with information that they didn’t already know, then you are wasting their time. If you aren’t providing some type of entertainment along the way, though, you will likely bore your audience so much that they will lose interest. So adding an appropriate amount of humor to your speech is very valuable to keep your audience engaged throughout your presentation.

76. Create Workshops and Seminars that Audiences Want to Attend
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Description: How do we get the most bang for our training dollar? The answer is to design better and more efficient training sessions that maximize the application of the training content in the real-world.

77. Make Your Presentations Really Audience Focused-Get People to Want to Listen to Your Presentation
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Description: Face it, most people hate meetings. Most people don't want to sit through boring presentations either. So, if you want to get your audience to want to listen to your presentation, you have to make it "Audience Focused". Focus on what the audience wants to hear, not what you want to tell them.

78. Designing a Technical Presentation for a Non-Technical Audience
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Description: If you have to give technical presentations in your career, one of the most difficult challenges is to deliver the technical presentation to a non-technical audience. Doug Staneart offers a few tips that will help. These presentation skills also help non-technical people deliver better technical presentations as well.

79. Confidently Deliver Presentations that Someone Else Designed for You
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Description: In past episodes, we've talked about how to better design presentations, and how if you design your presentations a little differently, you can reduce public speaking fear. However, what do you do if someone just gives you a slide deck and says, "Okay, go deliver this." This episode gives you a few tips that can help you deliver a more "canned" presentation or a presentation that someone else designs for you.

80. Use Public Speaking as a Way to Market Yourself and Your Company
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Description: In the last podcast, we spoke about venues where you can practice your public speaking skill. In this episode, Doug Staneart shows us a few ways to use your public speaking confidence to market yourself or to market your products or services to the public. Some of these venues are ones where you can market yourself or your company, so that you can be perceived as an expert in your industry. Other venues are ones where groups will actually pay you to speak to them.

81. How to Find Great Venues to Practice Your Presentations
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Description: One of the most common questions that participants in our 2-day presentation class ask us after completing the class is, “Now that I feel more confident, where do I go to practice to continue to get better as a speaker?” In this session, Doug shares a few ways to find speaking venues who are always looking for good speakers, and how to build a solid reputation as a good speaker so your reputation grows.

82. Impromptu Speaking and How to Speak Confidently Off the Cuff
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Description: Impromptu speaking or speaking off the cuff is one of the most challenging types of presentations for most speakers. This episode give a number of tips that you can use when speaking on an impromptu basis that will help you clarify your thoughts and persuade your audience.

83. Asesseing Your Strengths and Weaknesses as a Presenter
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Description: In this episode, Doug Staneart shares a few public speaking secrets that he uses as a presentation coach to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a presenter so that he/she can improve as a public speaker. Doug also uncovers a few hidden secrets about personality temperaments as well.

84. Presentation Secrets for Attorneys and Other Professional Business People
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Description: Podcast interview with Susan Schoenfeld who explains a few of her public speaking secrets for attorneys and other professional business people (accountants, engineers, doctors, architects, etc.)

85. Tom Antion Interview Build Your Personal Brand Using Public Speaking
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Description: Podcast interview with Tom Antion where he talks about how design professional keynote speeches, how to create an additional revnue stream from speaking to groups, and how to use public speaking as a platform to increase your personal brand.

86. Design Sales Presentations that Persuade Even the Toughest Audiences
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Description: In this podcast, we add a little more detail about how to make your presentation more persuasive. Although we focus a lot on how to design sales presentations, this process works well whether you are selling a product or service, or if you are an executive trying to sell an idea.

87. Eliminate Public Speaking Fear in Three Easy Steps
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Description: We back up a little in this podcast to explain exactly where public speaking fear comes from and how to eliminate that stage fright in just three simple steps. Doug Staneart, CEO of Fearless Presentations ® gives away a few public speaking secrets that have helped the 2-day Fearless Presentations ® classes have such a success helping people over the last two decades.

88. Presenting to International Audiences with Eric Molin
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Description: This week, we interview Eric Molin of PresentationExpert.net who is an international expert in presentation design. He specializes in coaching presenters when they are creating presentations to international audiences. Eric offers a number of great tips that will help if you are delivering presentations to audiences with diverse nationalities or who have English as a second (or third) language. We also have a new TechFind this week that helps meeting organizers update presentation timing on the fly during a meeting.

89. Public Speaking Storytelling Techniques to Engage Your Audience and Reduce Stage Fright
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Description: Great presenters know that stories are the backbone of any speech. This episode reveals a few public speaking storytelling techniques that will help you better engage with your audience, make your presentations easier to deliver, and more interesting for your audience. We also cover a handy TechFind that helps you organize your presentation and remember stories for your presentations.

90. Presentation Bullet Point Design | Avoid Death by PowerPoint
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Description: If you want to avoid Death by PowerPoint, make sure and listen to the Presentation Bullet Point Design podcast by Fearless Presentations. Doug Staneart gives a number of tips to help you design better bullet points so that you are using your slides as effective visual aids for your audience. These tips help you make your speeches audience focused so that your listeners will enjoy your presentation and better retain the information that you provide. We also cover a new TechFind that will help you insert inspirational quotes into your presentations.

91. PowerPoint Slides that People want to See with Mike Vayda
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Description: This session covers a way to professionally print any presentation handout and have it delivered to your presentation by 8 AM the following morning. We also interview Mike Vayda, founder of Presentable U who give 7 Silver Bullet (Points) that make PowerPoint slides that people actually want to read.

92. Start with a Great Title and Presentation Writes Itself
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Description: In this podcast, we cover the importance of starting your presentation design with a great title. Doug Staneart of Fearless Presentations ® explains that if you start with a narrow and "audience focused" title, the entire presentation will practically write itself. The title also helps the presenter focus the content to just the most important things that the audience needs to know. This week, we have two new TechFinds which allow you to reduce the presentation peripherals and make delivering your slideshows more convenient. The Fearless Presentations ® Podcast is being offered as a way to access content from the 2-day Fearless Presentations ® classes via MP3 or podcasting services. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast to make sure you receive new episodes as they are released.

93. How to Design Presentations Quickly
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Description: This session explains how to design entire presentations from start to finish in minutes versus hours or days. Doug Staneart explains the different types of presentations and how to determine what content (and how many bullet points) are needed for each type of presentation. If you follow this format, you can design your entire presentation very quickly and easily. We also have a new TechFind this week which helps you design fantastic visuals without having to hire a graphic designer. The Fearless Presentations ® Podcast is being offered as a way to access content from the 2-day Fearless Presentations ® classes via MP3 or podcasting services. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast to make sure you receive new episodes as they are released.

94. 10 Ways to Reduce Public Speaking Fear (Part 2)
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Description: On this week's Fearless Presentations ® podcast, the host, Doug Staneart introduced ways to look more professional and confident when presenting to a group. This week's Tech Find was a stock-photo website called ShutterStock. And the Hot Topic for this week was part two of a two part session on 10 Ways to Eliminate Public Speaking Fear. Doug speaks about the last five of these tips on this podcast. The Fearless Presentations ® Podcast is being offered as a way to access content from the 2-day Fearless Presentations ® classes via MP3 or podcasting services. Make sure to subscribe to the podcast to make sure you receive new episodes as they are released.

95. 10 Ways to Reduce Public Speaking Fear (Part 1)
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Description: In this first episode, Doug Staneart start with a quick introduction of how he got started in the public speaking business. This week's Tech Find was an Apple App called Educreations Interactive Whiteboard App. And the Hot Topic for this week was part one of a two part session on 10 Ways to Eliminate Public Speaking Fear. Doug speaks about the first five tips on this podcast and will cover the remaining tips on the next podcast. The Fearless Presentations ® Podcast is being offered as a way to access content from the 2-day Fearless Presentations ® classes via MP3 or podcasting services.