Pump Up Your Public Speaking Skills

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Pump Up Your Public Speaking Skills

  1. 1. Pump up Your Public Speaking Skills Five Simple Steps
  2. 2. There are two types of speakers: Those that are nervous and those that are liars. Mark Twain
  3. 3. So what’s in it for you?
  4. 4. ConfidenceConfidence.
  5. 5. VisibilityVisibility
  6. 6. How do I improve my speaking ability?
  7. 7. 5Simple Steps
  8. 8. Needs Knowledge Level Attitudes Demographics
  9. 9. What are the elephants in the room?
  10. 10. 3 Questions • What do I want the audience to feel, think or do? • What does the audience already know about the topic? • What is the purpose of the presentation?
  11. 11. What was Dr. King’s message?
  12. 12. You must be able to crystallize your message into a single sentence or phrase…
  13. 13. Develop a 15-30 second “elevator pitch” for the presentation.
  14. 14. ‘You can increase your confidence, visibility and opportunities by improving your public speaking skills. It takes five simple steps…”
  15. 15. Structure is vital.
  16. 16. The introduction gets theThe introduction gets the audience’s attention …audience’s attention …
  17. 17. Get’s the audience on board…Get’s the audience on board…
  18. 18. …… andand establishesestablishes youryour credibility.credibility.
  19. 19. Drama is nice…Drama is nice…
  20. 20. … but only if it suits your style.
  21. 21. The Body can use any organizationalThe Body can use any organizational method you choose…method you choose…
  22. 22. Problem/SolutionProblem/Solution
  23. 23. State the problem.State the problem.
  24. 24. State the whys.State the whys.
  25. 25. State your solution.State your solution.
  26. 26. Cause/EffectCause/Effect
  27. 27. State the cause.State the cause. Show the effect.Show the effect.
  28. 28. ChronologicalChronological
  29. 29. Topical
  30. 30. JournalisticJournalistic
  31. 31. JournalisticJournalistic
  32. 32. The conclusion summarizes and gives a call to action.
  33. 33. Visual Aids are great IF they enhance the message.
  34. 34. Not all visualNot all visual aids have to beaids have to be slides.slides.
  35. 35. If you use slides Don’t put random images on them. Decoration does not enhance learning.
  36. 36. Use fonts thatUse fonts that are at least 32are at least 32 point!point!
  37. 37. Use Dark Text on a Light Background Use Light Text on a Dark Background
  38. 38. Don’t put red and green together. Some people can’t read it.
  39. 39. Don’t put red and green together. Some people can’t read it.
  40. 40. Research recommends using large photographic visuals.
  41. 41. Research recommends using large photographic visuals.
  42. 42. Use charts to show numbers.
  43. 43. Don’t try to fit into someone else’s mold.Don’t try to fit into someone else’s mold.
  44. 44. Don’t masquerade as something youDon’t masquerade as something you are not.are not.
  45. 45. Just be YOU at your best.Just be YOU at your best.
  46. 46. While you are talking…
  47. 47. Make eye contact.
  48. 48. Sit down or lean on table or lectern if your legs shake.
  49. 49. Speak directly to one friendly face.
  50. 50. Focus on the message. It’s the economy, stupid!
  51. 51. It’s not about you.
  52. 52. It’s about the audience.
  53. 53. Focus OUT not in.
  54. 54. General Tips…
  55. 55. Speak distinctly.
  56. 56. Watch out for distinctive speech patterns.
  57. 57. Stay out of the projector light.Stay out of the projector light.
  58. 58. Seriously.Seriously.Seriously.Seriously.
  59. 59. How can I know if I am effective?
  60. 60. Donald Kirkpatrick’s Levels of Evaluation
  61. 61. Level 1: Reaction
  62. 62. How did the participants find the experience?
  63. 63. Level 2: Learning
  64. 64. Did the participants learn what you needed them to learn?
  65. 65. Level 3: BehaviorLevel 3: Behavior
  66. 66. Did the participants change their behavior because of what they learned?
  67. 67. Level 4: Results
  68. 68. Did we achieve the intended outcomes(s) for the organization?
  69. 69. Example: New Safety Procedure
  70. 70. • Level 1: Evaluation Sheet after training • Level 2: A quiz at the end of training to determine if participants learned the material • Level 3: Observation of each employee one month later to see if new procedure is followed • Level 4: 20% decrease in lost time because of accidents
  71. 71. So how do you get from wallflower…
  72. 72. …… to the spotlight?to the spotlight?
  73. 73. Try this approach with your next speaking assignment!
  74. 74. Micki VoelkelMicki Voelkel Center for Business and ProfessionalCenter for Business and Professional DevelopmentDevelopment University of Arkansas-Fort SmithUniversity of Arkansas-Fort Smith 479-788-7771479-788-7771 mvoelkel@uafortsmith.edumvoelkel@uafortsmith.edu

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