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The Words Used, What You Say Tips and Tricks

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These tips relate to the first pillar of great public speaking, What You Say or the words you use in your public speaking.

Never Become Satisfied

    It has been said the average person dies at the age of 24 and it is not until they are 74 that they are buried. This is because the average person stops learning at 24. When you stop learning, the mind dies. It only takes 50 years for the death of the body to catch up with the death of the mind.

    Use this public speaking tip as a quote to use in your talk or as part of your credo for continued learning.

Read, Read, Read to keep on top of your must read list.

    Would you like to learn how to read mass quantities of literature and keep on top of your topic or industry with out sacrificing time. The technique is simple. It is not speed reading. It applies to the printed page. It is a public speaking tip all speakers should embrace.

    Constant and Never-ending Improvement should be part of your credo.

      Call it your CANI. Call it what you like. The important thing is to keep growing in your skills. Keep checking back for more public speaking tips and keep improving.

    A Top 10 List to capture the audience attention.

      Do you know what you need and what to avoid. Should it be a top 10 or top three or five? Which list will help you best capture the attention of the audience? Included is current search criteria for the web and top numbered lists.

    Master Public Speaking Watching Television and learning from the experts.

      Learn how TV can be a great resource to master public speaking. Go now and start learning.

    Audience Participation can improve your skills.

      Although it may be scary at first, learn how to and use this public speaking tip and grow as a speaker and presenter. Try these techniques on your next speech if appropriate.

    • Humor
      • Never intentionally and overtly include humor in your introduction. If the audience laughs, run with it. If you’re intent on entertaining an audience, entertain. If you want to teach, motivate, persuade, or inspire, humor is not necessary. If it happens great, but don’t make it your purpose.

        You will read in numerous places that humor is a great ice breaker. You will hear about how you can test the audience to see if they are ready to have fun. Unless the humor advances your proposition and unless it is unintended, it runs the risk of making you look like an amateur.

        That being said, it is good to have an arsenal of quips, one liners, aphorisms, and retorts for when unexpected things happen. This is a very important public speaking tip if you want to separate yourself from the crowd. This public speaking tip is about being prepared.

    • Be Prepared
      • For instance in one lecture, a baby started to cry forcing the mother to get up and leave. The speaker said, "There goes our youngest participant in today's presentation. The hope of any speaker is to move their audience. I have never seen another speaker move their audience faster or more effectively than that young orator."

        This allowed time for the mom to exit the auditorium and everyone laughed and clapped softening the embarrassment of the mother.

    • Tense, Past, Present, or Future?
      • Only the history channel can effectively talk in past tense. For the rest of us, talk in the here and now. Always talk in the present tense.

    • Never- Never Words
      • Never use words that you don’t know the meaning of. Never use double entendres. Never use vulgarity. This is especially important for non-native speakers. You may see some use it, even see the audience laugh. But you could be offending as many as are laughing.

        On a cruise, when subjected to such during a show, my wife and I got up early on to leave. We felt that if we don’t use this language, why be entertained by it. When we got up, it felt like we were the only ones who disapproved.

        Much to our surprise, once outside the auditorium there had to be 20 other couples who also disapproved. As we were regrouping, even more joined us. Was it a good show? I don’t know. What I do know, there were at least 100 who did not approve only because of the vulgarity. In the absence of that, we would have enjoyed the show.

    • Avoid Verbal Flatulence

        In addition to eliminating word whiskers like "and uh'," peppering speech with the connective "now" or "and now" there are other forms of verbal flatulence to avoid.

        Some are language specific. I have heard a number of Spanish speakers who, instead of saying "now" use the expression that translates to the English "therefore." Making statements like, "you already know this, but" and other stating of the obvious. If it is superfluous, eliminate it from your speech.

        Any thoughts that don't directly support your theme need to be let go as well. No matter how good a story, if it doesn't fit the theme, leave it out.

    • Radio Interviews
      • When you get this wonderful opportunity for free advertising, don’t forget the Principle of Pre-selling. People could care less about you and what you have. They want to know what’s in it for them. Make your speech about your expertise and how it will help the audience rather than selling or promoting what ever you have to offer.

        Let me illustrate. One of the hardest radio shows imaginable is of an unknown artist. Since I am new to the field of sculpture, painting and photography there is little association of my name with my past fame in the glass art world. In fact, there are few cross over collectors.

        In explaining about my art, what can I say about color, shape or design that will make any difference? The radio host will ask me, hoping to take up the slack and get the ball rolling, “So, tell us about your art.”

        Here is where the Pre-selling Principle works wonders. I don’t tell them about the art. I tell what the art does to and for those who view it.

        I have a portfolio of my work to talk about with the host. I explain what the inspiration was, the emotions I drew up and then what I hope it does for the viewer. The host then will exclaim how she sees the same or what ever it is she sees. Every piece has a story tied to emotions and memories, the kind we all have.

        I will strategically place one of the bigger pieces outside the window of the broadcast booth. This way, those passing by will see it. When they stop, I wave them in to the booth. I ask in place of the host, what did it do for you? The host takes it from here. The listening audience will be invited to view my works on the web site.

        The beauty of this public speaking tip, it creates visually interactive radio. The listeners are also told which gallery in town my works can be seen in.

      Your Public Speaking Tip

        Be careful about sharing your personal public speaking tip to Radio and TV hosts. They may be offended by someone outside their business telling them how to do their business. Let your suggestion be to their audience.

        For instance, when I first started learning to work in Radio, one common problem speakers have is with the pronunciation of the letter "W" on air. The correct pronunciation is "double u."

        Another pronunciation challenge is nuclear. Often pronounced nu-cue-lar. The proper pronunciation is more like 'nu-cle-ar.

        That being said, some times the improper pronunciation is capitalized on. It has become popular to pronounce it wrong. Thus don't correct lest you be corrected.

    • Dress and Grooming
      • Women often are so prepared. Guys, do not neglect this one. If your a guy, always carry a comb with you.

      Why Do We Sometimes Have A Failure to Motivate? An AU professor looked at procrastination. Steel (no immediate relation) says,"My theory is that if your model of motivation remains level, it only spikes up right before deadline, like a shark's fin."

      Read between the lines here and you will see the power of the theory. Threat framing can be a powerful motivator if used wisely. Otherwise, it will fail miserably.

      10 Worst Presentation Habits

      If you are the sort of person who wouldn't leave the house without looking at yourself in the mirror to make sure you are well put together and everything is right, then why not do the same thing with a video of yourself rehearsing your next speech?

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