Beyond bopsa

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BOPSA= Bunch of People Sitting Around. This talk centers on giving great keynotes, presenting on panels and offering live talks in an engaging and compelling way beyond acadmeia.

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Beyond bopsa

  1. 1. BEYOND BOPSA: Turning Ideas Into Great Keynotes , Talks, Panels and more Michele Weldon Director, Medill Public Thought Leaders January 2014
  2. 2. 15 seconds to take control. • Grab the audience. • Be prepared. • Consider it an oral version of a great oped. • Write the script.
  3. 3. These skills transfer. • • • • • • Panels Media appearances Job or funding interviews Presentations Working dinners Networking events
  4. 4. Tip # 1: • Enter the room.
  5. 5. Tip #2: • Great opening line. • • • • • Humor Question Big statement Confession Go big, or go small but go
  6. 6. Tip #2: Claim your expertise • Establish your area of research • Your interests? • Your career experience? • Life experience?
  7. 7. Tip # 3: The Value of Three • 3 main points • Clear beginning, middle and end • Close up, medium and long shot
  8. 8. Tip # 4: Deliver solid content • • • • • • • • Write a script You can’t just be charming. Research Be topical, newsy Be interesting Say something only you can say Create memorable phrases Have a takeaway
  9. 9. Tip # 5: Be unforgettable • Repetition of phrasing • Memorable quotes through history • Ask questions • To Be Sure • Next steps • Establish creative links • Connect ideas in new • ways
  10. 10. Tip # 6: Earn the respect • • • • Deliver a good argument Be worth their time Be professional Do a good job
  11. 11. NEVER, EVER SAY: • “I didn’t prepare any remarks.”
  12. 12. Tip # 7: Learn from the audience • Pay attention at breakfast (lunch, dinner) • Go to the cocktail party • Email the planners • Get audience demographics • Find out who spoke last year • Read body language
  13. 13. Tip # 8: Surprise • Do a demonstration • Ask for participation • Minimal visuals on PP • Walk around • Ask a question
  14. 14. Tip # 9: You can do this well. • Expand on your teaching/lecturing skills. • Good writers can be good speakers. • Have a career on the side that can take you places you want to go.
  15. 15. Tip # 10: Promote yourself. • On your website. • On social media • Say yes to opportunities to speak
  16. 16. WHY? • Network, collaborate • Promote your ideas, become known • Sell books • Get more bookings • Get invites for other work • Make extra $$ • Go places
  17. 17. BEST Tip : Get a booking. Practice. • Network: NU Clubs, academic organizations, professional groups, libraries • Send queries with your topics • Research the market • Learn techniques http://www.nsaspeaker.org/, http://www.ted.com/ • Do it for the experience •Ask.
  18. 18. Learn from good speakers. • George Lombardi, Mother Teresa: • http://themoth.org/posts/radio-extras-for-the-moth-radiohour-episode-1302 • Personal: http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_st ress_your_friend.html • Good facts: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_ha ppy.html • http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger _of_a_single_story.html

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