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FOCUS ON SPEAKING SKILLS 2/7/11
Speaking Tips for Anyone Who Talks

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Take the next step in your speaking life by registering for our next “How to Overcome Stress in Public Speaking” 3-day workshop. Don't put it off.

WHEN: May 2, 3, 4, 2012 (See details below.)

Have you missed issues of the newsletter? They're archived on our website, along with articles and tips to make you a better speaker. Go to www.GettingOverYourself.com.

In this issue:

  1. Learn from the candidates
  2. Dear teach
  3. What if there aren't any questions?
  4. Quotes can make it lively
  5. Take a look at our resource list
  6. Attend another workshop for half price
  7. October Workshop in Pasadena/ In-house seminars

On my blog, someone suggested this website for quotations: http://shortquotes4u.blogspot.com/

LEARN FROM THE CANDIDATES

Few of us will be subjected in our speaking to the scrutiny that a Presidential campaign invites, but there are lessons to be learned. This a terrific time to observe things that can help you make your case when you are speaking.

If you can separate yourself from your political biases and objectively assess what works and doesn't work in speaking, it's a great education. Ignore the "gotchas" pounced on by the other candidates and use your own judgment as to what the candidates (and their supporters) are doing that helps you feel connected.

Sometimes they come up with good analogies that help you see their point more quickly or make you feel you have something in common. And, sometimes a good analogy doesn't work because it sounds rehearsed instead of conversational.

Perhaps the way they look at (or don't look at) the others in the debate, at the moderator, or at the audience causes a positive or negative response in you.

Do the pauses seem thoughtful or empty? Or don't they pause enough? Or at the right time?

Make your own list get extra mileage out all these speeches: further your political knowledge and improve your speaking.

DEAR TEACH

Richard Springer, Director, Regulatory Compliance Government Relations, Vestas - American Wind Technology, Inc.:

I've had three significant speaking engagements since taking your class. The first was a technical IEEE presentation. Even though there was a hitch by the sponsors and hardly anyone attended, your mantra of “it's not about me” kept me calm. Although feeling frustrated and let down, it did go well.

The second was the typical large audience. I followed your guidance on slide prep and was very comfortable going into it. I focused on connecting with my audience, I used pauses (picture of 2 tiger paws) and I slowed down. It was my best presentation ever!

Lastly, I was asked to do an impromptu speech and it went very well having been put through your impromptu exercises.

Thanks for your guidance and I look forward to a brush-up when the dust settles on my new role.

WHAT IF THERE ARE NO QUESTIONS?

When you open the meeting for questions, what if no one asks any?

Here are some possibilities:

Make provocative statements or leave out an intriguing but unnecessary part of an anecdote that will beg for questions.

Have a few questions of your own to prime the pump, “I'm often asked . . . .” Answer that question and ask if there are any others. That gives them time to formulate a question.

Don't be afraid of silence. Give them time to focus on what they want to know, and how to ask that question. Asking a question is speaking in pubic; they may be nervous. The lapsed time seems longer to you than it does to them.

And act as if you want questions; show that you're looking forward to helping them.

Make a solid point before you ask for questions and repeat your point after the last question so they leave thinking about your message. So, if there are still no questions, close by repeating your main point again.

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER SPEAKER

“The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.” Albert Einstein “The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther King, Jr. “Improvise, adapt, overcome.” Marine Corps “If you put everything off until you're sure of it, you'll never get anything done.” Norman Vincent Peale

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RE-ATTEND FOR HALF PRICE

As a refresher, workshop graduates (from any of my 3-day workshops) may attend for half price at any time. People have said they get as much or more out of the workshop the second time around.

WORKSHOP

"How to Overcome the Stress of Public Speaking"

Pasadena Sheraton: 3-day workshop May 2, 3, 4, 2012

I have two public seminars each year: Spring and Fall.

Registration for the 3-day workshop: $1095. Discount for three or more attendees from the same company.

If you have a number of people who could use this training, please call or e-mail regarding an in-house seminar.

Visit www.gettingoveryourself.com for details or call (888) 800-2001 or (626) 792-8075. Mailing address: P.O. Box 60521, Pasadena, CA 91116

Book
"Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking and More" by Barbara Rocha, 210 pages, 2nd Edition, 2004, illustrated, cartoons $19.95.

The basic text you'll definitely want to walk you through the pitfalls of public speaking. If you're not comfortable speaking, you must have this book.

Audiotape or CD ROM
The "Getting Over Yourself" book read by the author.

Audiotapes (set of three): ($17.95); CD ROMs (set of two): ($19.95)./p>

Pocket-size books $9.95 each

"Pocket Guide for Presenters," 103 pages

The Cliff Notes version of "Getting Over Yourself." No cartoons, and less explanation of the whys and hows. Just the right size to take with you for a quick reminder of all those points you learned in the full size edition or in our seminar.

"60 Ways to Spark Your Speaking: Just in Time Answers to Frequently Asked Questions," 154 pages

Answers specific questions you may have with "what to do when . . ." questions, such as how to deal with a boss who takes over during your presentation, or how to handle your visual aids in a crisis, or how to proceed if everyone is focused on your broken nose.

"Love to Talk, Hate to Speak? How to Gain Confidence in Front of Any Audience," 121 pages

A collection of short vignettes on various parts of speaking you'd like to know more about, such as more information on holding the audience's attention at the end of your presentation, being confident in those first moments before you start to speak, or using the elements of a good conversation to make it easier and more natural speaking to a group.

Tips booklets $5. each. Can be ordered in quantity for a discount.

"111 Tips for Getting Results When You Speak"

"108 Tips for Engaging Your Audience and Solving Those Pesky Speaking Dilemmas"

"17 Myths of Speaking"

Speeches on tape:
"From Bored Room to Board Room," $10.95

"Stand Up and Stand Out," $10.95

Video/DVD
"Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking" featuring Barbara Rocha in excerpts from her book, seminar classes and interactive coaching. 48 minutes. VHS or DVD $99.95

To Order:

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Write: Bouldin Hill Press at 17-555 Bubbling Wells Rd. Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

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Book
"Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking...and More" by Barbara Rocha 208 pages, illustrated, cartoons $19.95

Audiotape or CD ROM
The "Getting Over Yourself" book on audiotape read by the author ($17.95) or CD ROM ($19.95).

Booklets by Barbara Rocha:
$9.95 each (+$1.50 Shipping and Handling)
"Pocket Guide for Presenters"
103 pages

"60 Ways to Spark Your Speaking: Just in time answers to frequently asked questions"
154 pages

"Love to Talk/Hate to Speak: Selected articles by Barbara Rocha"
121 pages

Speeches on Tape:
"From Bored Room to Board Room" $10.95
"Stand Up and Stand Out" $10.95

Video
"Getting Over Yourself: A Guide to Painless Public Speaking" featuring Barbara Rocha in excerpts from her book, seminar classes and interactive coaching. VHS $99.95

Learn more
Order Online
Call (888) 800-2001
E-mail: BouldinHil@aol.com
Write: Bouldin Hill Press at 17-555 Bubbling Wells Rd., Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Seminars

**How to Overcome the Stress of Public Speaking
Pasadena: 3-day workshop May 4, 5, and 6, 2011.

We have two public seminars each year: May and October/November. If you have several people who could use this training, contact us regarding an in-house seminar.

As a refresher, workshop graduates (from any of our 3-day workshops) may attend for half price at any time. People tell us they get as much or more out of the workshop the second time around.

Visit our seminars section for details or call (888) 800-2001

For more information, contact:

Barbara Rocha and Associates

PO Box 60521, Pasadena, California 91116

(626) 792-8075



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