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Learn Presentation Skills from Akash Karia, the JCI Hong Kong 2012 Champion of Public Speaking.

Akash Karia is an award-winning speaker, trainer and public speaking coach based in Hong Kong.

Recently, he emerged as one of the top 10 public speakers in the Asia Pacific region. He is also the author of the book, "Public Speaking Secrets of the World's Best Speakers", which features winning speeches from the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking.

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  • 1. “Public Speaking”for Yoga Teachers50 Tools You Can Use to Become aBrilliant Speaker and Yoga TeacherBy Akash P Kariawww.CommunicationSkillsTips.com 1 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 2. About Akash Karia Akash Karia is an award-winning speaker, trainer and presentation skills coach. He has conducted presentation skills courses for employees and members of organizations such as HSBC, Polytechnic University, Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong and many, many more… Akash is also championspeaker and has won over 40 public speakingchampionships, including the prestigious titles of: JCI2012 Hong Kong Champion of PublicSpeaking, Toastmasters International DivisionK Impromptu Speaking Champion and has beenranked as one of the Top 10 Speakers in AsiaPacific.He is available to conduct public speaking and persuasion skills training.Contact him on akash.speaker@gmail.com or visit his website for moredetails: www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com 2 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 3. 1What is “Public Speaking?” I use the term “public speaking” broadly to refer to any situation where you have to speak to a group of 2 or more people Many of the techniques you will pick up in this “public speaking for yoga teachers” guide can be used in meetings, interviews and even social situations This e-book contains links to articles that contain more information about the tools we discussed during the Public Speaking course. WARNING: This is not a “magical guide” which will transform you into a better speaker overnight. However, the application of these techniques will make you two times the speaker that you are today. 3 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 4. 2Pause: Don’t Start Until You’reReady Don’t be afraid to pause Pausing allows you to calm down your nerves Take in a couple of deep belly-breaths to calm yourself down Pausing allows everyone to get on the same vibration/ energy-level If you’re facing a noisy class, wait until the room is silent and focusing on you Don’t start speaking your class until you’re ready and everyone’s focused on you 4 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 5. 3Get into the Right Mindset When you get nervous, shift your mindset It’s not about you, it’s about your students (audience). Don’t focus on yourself, focus on your students. Realize that you have the opportunity to change someone’s life, heal someone’s soul every time you teach yoga Remind yourself how yoga has changed your life, and realize you have the same opportunity to do that for someone else. Once you tap into that positive, value-giving mindset, you’ll find it easier to teach without being self-conscious 5 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 6. 4What Story Are You TellingYourself? It’s okay to be nervous. Everyone experiences butterflies before an important event Scientifically, there is no difference between nervousness and excitement It’s what you choose to label it Are you telling yourself, “I’m excited” or are you telling yourself, “I’m nervous”? Either way, you’re right…because it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy 6 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 7. 5Use the Confidence Posture If you’re nervous, use the “military-posture” The military-posture has been proven to increase your confidence levels Before the event, walk around in the confidence posture…it’ll boost your confidence levels Check out this brilliant article on the 5 Parts of Your Body Your Audience is Listening To 7 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 8. 6Starting/ Ending Your Class Affirmations: “I make the positive resolve that I will allow myself to experience perfect mental, emotional and physical health throughout my yoga practice today” Set an intention for the class Set a theme or a focus for your class: “We will focus on stamina…” Quote a powerful scripture Start with a chant/ mantra to get everyone on the same vibration Start with soft music in the background to get everyone on the same energy level Introduce yourself by sharing your Personal Story…stories are powerful! 8 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 9. 7Don’t ever Admit You’reNervous Don’t apologize or admit you’re nervous at the start of a session Don’t say, “I’m sorry, I haven’t prepared…” Don’t say, “I’m sorry, I’m so nervous…I’ve had a terrible day” Once you admit you’re nervous, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy…your mind and your body will act in congruence with what you say Moreover, if you admit you’re nervous, your students will start looking for signs of your nervousness… 9 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 10. 8Set Expectations at theBeginning of Class No talking during class, turn off your mobile phones… Outline your rules and expectations at the beginning of class Do so in a humorous way – don’t be condescending or patronizing Use humor to convey the rules (remember the “idiot whose phone was ringing during class and it turned out the idiot was me” story?)10 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 11. 9Let Students Know they Don’tHave to Push Themselvesbeyond their PhysicalBoundaries “Be responsible for your own practice…you don’t have to push yourself beyond your physical boundaries…Respect your body…”11 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 12. 10Use Inviting Language If you’re comfortable… Allow yourself… Let yourself be… Endeavor to… I invite you to…12 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 13. 11Soften Your Commands with“Let’s” Use the word “Let’s” to soften your commands Instead of saying “Keep quiet”, say “Let’s keep quiet” or “Let’s focus on our yoga practice”13 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 14. 12Don’t Dilute the Power of YourWords with “Try to…” Don’t say: “Try to imagine yourself…” Instead say “Imagine yourself…” Don’t say: “Try to feel…” Instead say, “Feel…”14 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 15. 13The Sweetest Sound in AnyLanguage The sweetest sound in any language is the person’s name… Try and memorize your students names Use your students names when giving instructions Check out this article for tips on how to remember someone’s name15 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 16. 14Acknowledge, Label & Let ItGo Technique When students are obviously struggling with stresses of the day, use the “Acknowledge, Label and Let It Go” technique Invite your students to: o Acknowledge the emotion o Label the emotion for what it is o Let it go16 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 17. 15Use Imagery & VisualLanguage to Make it Easier forYour Students to Understand “…thread running up your spine” visual17 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 18. 16Laughter is the Best Medicine Incorporate humor into your sessions o “For those of you who do know me, my name is Akash. And for those of you who do not know me, my name is still Akash” (side note: apologies, I seem to have forgotten who this originated from ) Use self-deprecating humor: “I know you were expecting a handsome man…I’m so sorry to disappoint you!” Exaggerated facial expressions also make people laugh18 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 19. 17Stand with Your Feet Shoulder-width Apart When you’re standing, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart…it conveys confidence Don’t stand with your feet too close together because it conveys lack of security Feet too far apart = aggressiveness Swaying back and forth = unsure of yourself19 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 20. 18Don’t Walk Back and Forth When you take a step forward towards your audience, it creates intimacy...so step forward when you have an important point to make Taking a step backwards creates a negative feeling in your audience members…almost like you’re lying or trying to hide something Avoid rocking back and forth on your feet…it’s distracting Check out this video for more information on walking backwards and forwards and the psychological impact it has on your audience20 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 21. 19Don’t Pace Back and ForthLike a Caged Tiger Don’t pace back and forth like a caged tiger It’s distracting because it’s movement without a purpose Feel free to move on stage, but only as long as your movement serves a purpose For example, you can use the stage as a timeline so that the left side of the stage indicates the past, the center = the present, the right side = the future For more information on stage usage, click here21 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 22. 20Scan and Stop Technique forEye Contact Make eye contact with all sides of the room Be sure not to isolate any side of the room by not making eye contact with that section Use the “Scan and Stop” technique for eye contact Scan the room when you speak, making eye contact with students for about a second or so… When you come to a very important or poignant point, stop and make eye contact with one person and deliver your line/dialogue/point to him/her22 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 23. 21Don’t Close Your Eyes whenYou Ask Students to CloseTheirs Don’t Close your eyes when you ask students to close theirs You want to be aware of what your students are doing There are, of course, exceptions to this rule (such as when you’re chanting)23 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 24. 22If You Forget What You WereSaying… If you forget what you were saying, simply ask your students: “Where was I?” or “What was I saying?” Your students (audience members) do NOT want to see you fail… If you forget where you were, don’t worry…it’s no big deal You can recover simply by asking your students where you were24 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 25. 23Use Mind-maps to Plan YourClass Use a mind-map to plan your class Instead of writing everything word for word, simply create a flow-chart of poses or a mind-map so that you know the sequence you’ll be following For more information about creating mind-maps, click here25 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 26. 24Avoid the “Yoga-Voice” Avoid the long-syllables and high-pitched yoga voice Speak conversationally and in your normal tone of voice26 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 27. 25When Giving a Command oran Instruction, Make YourVoice Slightly Deeper (lower inpitch) When you want to convey authority, your voice should go down a notch (a slightly lower pitch/deeper voice is associated with authority)27 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 28. 26Keep it Conversational “Public speaking” is simply having a conversation with one person…with 99 other people listening in Focus on having a conversation with the audience…one person at a time… Once you change you realize that public speaking is simply an enlarged conversation with many people, you’ll become much more relaxed during your next “public speaking” event28 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 29. 27Shorter Sentences = GreaterClarity Keep your sentences short, simple and conversational Avoid using multiple conjunctions in one sentence (i.e. “and….and…and”) Shorter sentences aid comprehension Remember to pause between your sentences – this sounds like such an obvious thing to say, but as speakers we sometimes forget this simple rule and speak too29 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 30. quickly because we’re nervous. Pause and allow your audience members to digest the information you’ve just given them.28Pause After You Ask aQuestion During our training, too many speakers forgot to pause after they asked a question (you know who you are!) After you ask a question, pause to give audience members time to respond…or, if you’re not expecting a response, pause and give them time to think! o “How are you feeling today?” (Pause, make eye contact and wait for a response) o “Any questions?” (Pause and wait for your students to think about what30 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 31. questions they have)29Use Your Hands to Show WhatYou’re Saying Don’t keep your hands glued to your sides or behind your back Use your hands naturally to show what you’re saying You can start off speaking with your hands mid-way up (not down by your sides) and your hands will automatically move naturally once as gain confidence during your presentation31 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 32. 30The “Err…” Error Work on decreasing your um’s and errs… Slow down your speaking rate and don’t be afraid to pause Instead of erring, PAUSE! This technique will take a lot of practice… You’ll have to overcome the power of habit… But if you keep reminding yourself to pause, you will eventually be “um”-free!32 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 33. 31Share Your Personal Story Stories are POWERFUL! When promoting/marketing your class, share your personal story because… “People can resist a sales message…but no one can resist a well told story”33 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 34. 32The Five C’s of Storytelling Characters Conflict Cure Change Carryout Message Check out this article for more details about the 5 C’s of Storytelling34 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 35. 33Use Fresh Language to BreatheNew Life to Your Classes Come up with new analogies and metaphors to breathe life into your classes Use your expanded knowledge of anatomy to explain poses and concepts35 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 36. 34Examples of Fresh Language toBreathe Life in Your Classes “Offer your heart” “Arms at 6 o’clock” “Feel your new, energized and rejuvenated body” “Windmill your hands” “Melt your shoulders back” “Be like the letter T”36 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 37. 34.1More Examples of FreshLanguage to Breathe New Lifeto Your Classes “Allow your breath to seep back in” “Imagine you are drawing back a bow” “Bring your awareness back to yourself on the mat” “Focus on the furthest sound” strategy37 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 38. Part 2: How to HandleDifficult Situations & StudentsTools to Help You Take Control of YourClass when Your Class is Getting Out of Hand 38 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 39. 35Difficult Situations You MayFace: Students coming in late to your classes Students leaving during class Students chatting during class Students laughing during class Mobile phones ringing during class Students wearing inappropriate clothing “Expert-student” who disagrees with you because of something they read39 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 40. 36Make Sure All Students Readand Sign a Copy of Your “YogaGuidelines” Have a list of guidelines and rules Make sure all your students read these guidelines so they know what to expect Make them sign a copy of these guidelines before they come to your first class Students are more likely to comply with your rules if the rules are written down and they have agreed to follow these rules in writing40 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 41. 37Stick a Copy of the “YogaGuidelines” where they can beseen by the students Print out, laminate and stick a copy of your “Yoga guidelines” on the walls This will serve to remind students of what behaviors are expected during class This is the Law of Authority in practice: people will almost never argue with something that has been written down and signed by a higher authority (i.e. your yoga studio management)41 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 42. 38Make Sure You Are LegallyProtected Sometimes, you may have to refuse entry to students who always disrupt the class In this case, make sure you are legally protected When students first come in to your studio, make them sign your “Yoga Guidelines”… …and in your Yoga Guidelines, make sure to include a line that reads similar to “the Yoga Studio/ owner/ I/ have the right to refuse entry to anyone who doesn’t follow these rules”42 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 43. 39Set Expectations at theBeginning of Class At the beginning of class, quickly go over the guidelines o “If you need to leave class, please do so quietly…To avoid any disturbance during class, please let’s turn of our mobile phones”43 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 44. 40“If Looks Could Kill…” If a student is laughing/talking during class, make eye contact with them This will indirectly send the message that you want them to keep quiet44 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 45. 41Proximity If a student is laughing/talking during class, move closer to him/her The proximity will alert the student that you want them to stop talking45 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 46. 42Talk to the Student Privately If a particular student keeps distracting the class, talk the student privately - either during class (by tapping them on the shoulder and whispering “Let’s keep the talking down and focus on our yoga practice”) or after class. Don’t humiliate the student publicly because it’s likely that he/she will never come back46 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 47. 43Address the Behavior EarlyBefore It Gets Out of Control Don’t wait until a behavior gets out of control Address it early on and it’ll be much easier to change it47 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 48. 44Why before What When asking people to change their behavior, always give the why before the what Give a reason as to why you want the student to change their behavior48 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 49. 45Don’t Get into a Heated DebateDuring Class If a student challenges you during class, don’t go into a heated discussion during class Simply tell the student why you believe what you believe… Tell them that they are welcome to continue this discussion after class Finish off with, “From my experience, I’ve found it to be true that…” Handle the discussion calmly and your students will respect you49 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 50. 46Speak Louder:“We’ll Begin When You’reReady” If your class is getting out of hand (e.g. students are beginning to chat) then… Speak louder to grab your student’s attentions Use the phrase, “We’ll begin when you’re ready”50 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 51. 47Speak Softer If your class is getting out of hand (e.g. students are beginning to chat) then… Speak softer to grab your students attention Lowering your volume causes your listeners to lean in to hear what you’re saying – they have to work harder to listen to what you have to say So, should you speak louder or speak softer? Depends on the situation. Try out both strategies to see what works for you.51 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 52. 48Silence is Powerful One of the mistakes I’ve seen speakers make is that they continue talking even when the rest of the class is chatting and not listening If your class begins chatting, be silent and make eye contact with a couple of the students who are paying attention to you Wait until everyone is listening to you before you go on speaking52 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 53. 49“Ding!” – Use a Bell Here’s a simple yet very effective technique: Use a bell to grab your students attention Ring the bell and the message will get around that you want everyone to focus on you53 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 54. 50Recommended Resources  For more free public speaking and communication tips, head over to www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com  Recommended Book [Body Language]: Definitive Guide of Body Language  Recommended Book [Persuasion]: Influence, by Dr. Robert Cialdini  Recommended Book [Public Speaking]: Stand Like Churchill Speak Like LincolnFeel free to contact me on akash.speaker@gmail.com with any questions you may have. 54 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 55. 51Feel Free Share This E-Book  Feel free to share this e-book with your friends  I release the copyright on this e-book, which means that you can share it on your blog, print it out, pass it around…do whatever you like…although I would appreciate it if you could give me credit for my workAkash Kariawww.CommunicationSkillsTips.comakash.speaker@gmail.com 55 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 56. About Akash Karia Akash Karia is an award-winning speaker, trainer and presentation skills coach. He has conducted presentation skills courses for employees and members of organizations such as HSBC, Polytechnic University, Life Underwriters Association of Hong Kong and many, many more… Akash is also championspeaker and has won over 40 public speakingchampionships, including the prestigious titles of: JCI2012 Hong Kong Champion of PublicSpeaking, Toastmasters International DivisionK Impromptu Speaking Champion and has beenranked as one of the Top 10 Speakers in AsiaPacific.He is available to conduct public speaking and persuasion skills training.Contact him on akash.speaker@gmail.com or visit his website for moredetails: www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com 56 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com