14 Speaking Sins <ul><li>and how to save your presentation </li></ul>
<ul><li>1 Wimpy Words Weaken Your Wow Factor </li></ul><ul><li>Wimpy Words Weaken Your Wow Factor </li></ul><ul><li>We all...
<ul><li>2 Ditch the “Don’t” and Deliver the “Do” </li></ul><ul><li>Ditch the “Don’t” and Deliver the “Do” </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>3 Canceling the Comment with the incorrect Conjunction: “But” or “However” </li></ul><ul><li>Canceling the Comment...
<ul><li>4 Giving a Grade for the Gifted Question </li></ul><ul><li>Giving a Grade for the Gifted Question </li></ul><ul><l...
<ul><li>5 Relinquishing Your Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Relinquishing Your Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>When you...
<ul><li>6 Discouraging Questions During Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>Discouraging Questions During Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>Do You H...
<ul><li>7 Generally Generalizing with Absolutes </li></ul><ul><li>Generally Generalizing with Absolutes </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>8 Fighting the Flow or Format </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting the Flow or Format </li></ul><ul><li>When you make deroga...
<ul><li>9 Making the Point that You Already Made a Point </li></ul><ul><li>Making the Point that You Already Made a Point ...
<ul><li>10 Setting a Speed Record with Your Slides </li></ul><ul><li>Setting a Speed Record with Your Slides </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>11 Informing that You’ll be Informing </li></ul><ul><li>Informing that You’ll be Informing </li></ul><ul><li>I’d l...
<ul><li>12 Being Brief with Negativity </li></ul><ul><li>Being Brief with Negativity </li></ul><ul><li>When someone says “...
<ul><li>13 Passively Pathetic Apologies that Deliver Disappointment </li></ul><ul><li>Passively Pathetic Apologies that De...
<ul><li>14 Appearing to Know More than Necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Appearing to Know More than Necessary </li></ul><ul><li...
Presented by Terri Sinclair Terri Sinclair <ul><li>For more information on speaking or coaching services, please contact T...
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7 Speaking Sins

  1. 1. 14 Speaking Sins <ul><li>and how to save your presentation </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>1 Wimpy Words Weaken Your Wow Factor </li></ul><ul><li>Wimpy Words Weaken Your Wow Factor </li></ul><ul><li>We all know ums and ahs are weak, so are: </li></ul><ul><li>Just, Might, Maybe, Rather, Hope, Try </li></ul><ul><li>When you aren’t sure, say: That’s still being researched, looked at, tested, evaluated, etc. </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  3. 3. <ul><li>2 Ditch the “Don’t” and Deliver the “Do” </li></ul><ul><li>Ditch the “Don’t” and Deliver the “Do” </li></ul><ul><li>“I don’t know” even when followed by “I’ll find out” emphasizes the don’t </li></ul><ul><li>Instead find out who in the room wants to know and either defer to an expert who is present </li></ul><ul><li>Or, you can follow up after the talk </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  4. 4. <ul><li>3 Canceling the Comment with the incorrect Conjunction: “But” or “However” </li></ul><ul><li>Canceling the Comment with the incorrect Conjunction: “But” or “However” </li></ul><ul><li>Canceling the Comment with the incorrect Conjunction: “But” or “However” </li></ul><ul><li>Using the words But/However have the effect of canceling out whatever comes before each </li></ul><ul><li>Use the win-win conjunction “and” </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  5. 5. <ul><li>4 Giving a Grade for the Gifted Question </li></ul><ul><li>Giving a Grade for the Gifted Question </li></ul><ul><li>That’s a “great”, “good”, “excellent”, “tough”, “funny”, “long”, “smart” </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat the question to make sure everyone in the room heard it </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  6. 6. <ul><li>5 Relinquishing Your Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>Relinquishing Your Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>When you say, “You shouldn’t ask...” or “That’s not my role; you should ask...” it sounds like you’re avoiding plus “should” has a scolding tone </li></ul><ul><li>Say, “My understanding is (person) has that information.” </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  7. 7. <ul><li>6 Discouraging Questions During Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>Discouraging Questions During Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>Do You Have Any Questions ????? aka: Please don’t ask me anything I don’t know </li></ul><ul><li>Use the phrase, “What questions do you have?” </li></ul><ul><li>After 5 seconds if no one says anything, say, “I’m frequently asked the question...” </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  8. 8. <ul><li>7 Generally Generalizing with Absolutes </li></ul><ul><li>Generally Generalizing with Absolutes </li></ul><ul><li>“always”, “never”, “everyone” aren’t specific enough to give you credibility </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll be viewed as more of an expert when you use specifics, measurables, or averages </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  9. 9. <ul><li>8 Fighting the Flow or Format </li></ul><ul><li>Fighting the Flow or Format </li></ul><ul><li>When you make derogatory comments about a question, comment, or agenda item, it will make you look insecure and put others on the defense </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid shutting down the audience: find out if anyone else has the same concerns or ask the questioner to tell you more off-line </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  10. 10. <ul><li>9 Making the Point that You Already Made a Point </li></ul><ul><li>Making the Point that You Already Made a Point </li></ul><ul><li>“Like I said before...” or, “For the second time...” may be true and yet if someone is asking again, your job is to answer again or devote more time off-line </li></ul><ul><li>An audience that pays attention 100% of the time is unlikely </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  11. 11. <ul><li>10 Setting a Speed Record with Your Slides </li></ul><ul><li>Setting a Speed Record with Your Slides </li></ul><ul><li>“I’ll be fast!”, “We’ll breeze right through this.”, “Since you can read the slides, I’ll speak quickly.” </li></ul><ul><li>The audience came to see a presentation, not read slides </li></ul><ul><li>Step up to the podium and slow down </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  12. 12. <ul><li>11 Informing that You’ll be Informing </li></ul><ul><li>Informing that You’ll be Informing </li></ul><ul><li>I’d like to tell you---tell </li></ul><ul><li>I’d like to discuss with you---discuss </li></ul><ul><li>I’d like to ask you---ask </li></ul><ul><li>I’d like to remind you---remind </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  13. 13. <ul><li>12 Being Brief with Negativity </li></ul><ul><li>Being Brief with Negativity </li></ul><ul><li>When someone says “no” it has a different feeling than “yes” </li></ul><ul><li>To avoid sounding uncaring, acknowledge the request first then state the new course of action, for example: I understand you’re concerned about..., and the company has decided... </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  14. 14. <ul><li>13 Passively Pathetic Apologies that Deliver Disappointment </li></ul><ul><li>Passively Pathetic Apologies that Deliver Disappointment </li></ul><ul><li>“unfortunately”, “we regret to inform you”, and “sorry” (when you’re not) are inauthentic and delay acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>State possible negative news neutrally </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  15. 15. <ul><li>14 Appearing to Know More than Necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Appearing to Know More than Necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Saying “I can’t tell you”, or “That’s confidential” may be true and it will decrease the audience’s trust of you </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the why before the what when explaining and say, “Because that information has little relevance on the topic now, I’ve left it out of my presentation.” </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup.biz
  16. 16. Presented by Terri Sinclair Terri Sinclair <ul><li>For more information on speaking or coaching services, please contact Terri Sinclair at 401-207-4480 or email at [email_address] </li></ul>Copyright 2008 develup

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