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FOCUS ON SPEAKING SKILLS 10/06/11
Speaking Tips for Anyone Who Talks

LOOK FOR BARB'S BLOG -- A STEADY FLOW OF SOUND ADVICE AND IDEAS at http://gettingoveryourself.wordpress.com

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: October 31, November 1, 2, 2011 (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. The Intimidation Factor
  2. First person
  3. Staying focused amid distractions
  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/

THe INTIMIDATION FACTOR

Some audiences just naturally intimidate most people. Maybe a boss, maybe people with lots of money or power. But you’re more likely to get good results if you recognize that feeling intimidated is your choice and choose not to be intimidated.

It's the choice of where you’re going to focus You can focus on how scary they are and the awful things that can happen, or focus on the ideas that need presenting.

Look at it as an exchange between equals. They need what you’re going to tell them, and you need them to hear it.

It's never about you. It's always about the ideas. And even if someone wants to make it about you, you can still choose to make it about the ideas.

It takes some practice, but you can soon see the logic. When you make it about you and allow yourself to be intimidated your presentation suffers. Your voice, your body language, your choice of words all show how you’re feeling. And, if you try to pretend you're okay, all those aspects will still give you away.

Your salvation is to get out of the way and let the ideas do their job.

FIRST PERSON

Bill Pickron, Director of Operations and customer Service, Medicis: “Of the 30 or so management classes I’ve taken, yours left a larger impact on me than most. I’m applying all the skills you taught, and gaining more and more confidence than ever. My poise, posture, critical thinking, awareness, and quieting of the mind, have all improved since the time spent together. It’s obvious you’re a pro at this stuff and know what you’re speaking of.

Thanks again!

STAYING FOCUSED AMID DISTRACTIONS

How do you stay in the moment when there are distractions?

Staying in the moment isn't about being rigidly focused It's about being able to sort out what has to be dealt with and what doesn't. If you have to change your focus from your talk while you focus on what to do about the distraction, you’re still in the moment.

If the distraction isn't disturbing the audience, don't let it disturb you and continue on. If it is disturbing them, give it your full attention as you deal with it. Then return to your point.

You'll probably need to pause as you make these decisions and as you return to your point. But those pauses only add to your credibility. And you stay in control of the meeting.

QUOTES TO MAKE YOU A BETTER SPEAKER

“We find comfort among those who agree with us---growth among those who don’t” – Frank A. Clark

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx

“Every great business is built on friendship.” – JC Penney

“Nobody stands taller than those willing to stand corrected.” – William Safire

“Our biggest mistake is to think we are working for someone else. ” – Nashua Cavalier

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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 October 31, November 1, 2, 2011

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:

Call (888) 800-2001

Order online at www.gettingoveryourself.com

E-mail: BouldinHil@aol.com

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

Send a check for the amount of the order plus $3 for each item. For 3 or more items, add $2 per item. Or include your credit card information (name as shown on card, card billing address, expiration date and phone number), as well as shipping address.

Orders

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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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