Storytelling to a live audience is not easy.
To tell a story takes practice, discipline, and a keen eye for details. You need to remain agile and adaptive to your audience and their reactions. You can’t mindlessly trudge forward with your narrative if everyone has checked out. You will need an awareness score of 88 or above.
Also, you need to have a plan, but leave enough flexibility to allow for brief and potentially wild alterations.
Fear is your enemy. Chutzpah is your friend.
You can make or break your career by the way you are viewed by coworkers in meetings. By voicing a solid, actionable, and attainable idea it can go a long way toward raising your profile in the company. Do not view speaking up in a meeting as a waste of time nor something the normal “talking heads” can handle. It is important for everyone to have a voice and meetings are a very useful venue for using yours. Make the best of it.
My kids spit at each other. It’s the lip smacking kind, not the loogie kind. I don’t understand why they do it. For some reason they think its funny, I guess. I find it offensive and disgusting. I think one of the most degrading things a person can do is spit at another person. Whenever they do it I tell them, “Don’t spit. It’s disgusting.”That’s a fairly straightforward message, right? The message is short and clear. This should be the same idea for your message(s) to your audience. It is much more beneficial and understandable if you keep it simple.
Have a Clear Message
The crux of any good presentation is its message. All talks need one (or two). Just be wary not to have too many, which could muddle the effectiveness of your talk. In research writing, the message is equivalent to your conclusion(s). What is the most important thing you want your audience to learn? This is your topic sentence in writing. It needs to address the “Why they should care?” or “How does this affect me?” curiosities of your audience. If you were to poll your audience after your talk and ask them what is the one thing they learned, this should be everyone’s response.
During your planning and preparation the message should be the first thing you incorporate into your actual presentation layout or design. And when you present, it should come up early and often with some emphasis. Don’t wait until the very end of your talk to reveal your message. It should be stated near the beginning of your talk. It should be clear and concise. You want people to know what they should care about and why. Then it is up to you to justify it with the rest of your talk.
Parenting & Public Speaking. Together
The behaviors, experiences, and techniques parents use everyday can improve YOUR NEXT BIG SPEECH. Whether it be using silly voices or just playing with the kids, these actions improve self-confidence, stage presence, and audience engagement. And that’s just the beginning…