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“Public Speaking”
for Yoga Teachers
50 Tools You Can Use to Become a
Brilliant Speaker and Yoga Teacher


By Akash P Karia
www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com

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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 champion
speaker and has won over 40 public speaking
championships, including the prestigious titles of: JCI
2012 Hong Kong Champion of Public
Speaking, Toastmasters International Division
K Impromptu Speaking Champion and has been
ranked as one of the Top 10 Speakers in Asia
Pacific.

He is available to conduct public speaking and persuasion skills training.
Contact him on akash.speaker@gmail.com or visit his website for more
details: www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com

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What 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.




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Pause: Don’t Start Until You’re
Ready
   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




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Get 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




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What Story Are You Telling
Yourself?
 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




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Use 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




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Starting/ 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!




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Don’t ever Admit You’re
Nervous
 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…




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Set Expectations at the
Beginning 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?)




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Let Students Know they Don’t
Have to Push Themselves
beyond their Physical
Boundaries
 “Be responsible for your own practice…you don’t have to push yourself beyond
  your physical boundaries…Respect your body…”




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Use Inviting Language
   If you’re comfortable…
   Allow yourself…
   Let yourself be…
   Endeavor to…
   I invite you to…




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Soften 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”




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Don’t Dilute the Power of Your
Words with “Try to…”
 Don’t say: “Try to imagine yourself…” Instead say “Imagine yourself…”
 Don’t say: “Try to feel…” Instead say, “Feel…”




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The Sweetest Sound in Any
Language
   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 name




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Acknowledge, Label & Let It
Go 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 go




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Use Imagery & Visual
Language to Make it Easier for
Your Students to Understand
   “…thread running up your spine” visual




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Laughter 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 laugh




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Stand 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 yourself




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Don’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 audience




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Don’t Pace Back and Forth
Like 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 here




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Scan and Stop Technique for
Eye 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/her



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Don’t Close Your Eyes when
You Ask Students to Close
Theirs
 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)




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If You Forget What You Were
Saying…
 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 were




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Use Mind-maps to Plan Your
Class
 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 here




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Avoid the “Yoga-Voice”
 Avoid the long-syllables and high-pitched yoga voice
 Speak conversationally and in your normal tone of voice




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When Giving a Command or
an Instruction, Make Your
Voice Slightly Deeper (lower in
pitch)
 When you want to convey authority, your voice should go down a notch (a
  slightly lower pitch/deeper voice is associated with authority)




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Keep 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” event




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Shorter Sentences = Greater
Clarity
   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 too
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quickly because we’re nervous. Pause and allow your audience members to digest
  the information you’ve just given them.




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Pause After You Ask a
Question
 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 what

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questions they have)




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Use Your Hands to Show What
You’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 presentation




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The “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!




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Share 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”




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The Five C’s of Storytelling
   Characters
   Conflict
   Cure
   Change
   Carryout Message
   Check out this article for more details about the 5 C’s of Storytelling


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Use Fresh Language to Breathe
New 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 concepts




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Examples of Fresh Language to
Breathe 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”




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More Examples of Fresh
Language to Breathe New Life
to 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” strategy




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Part 2:

   How to Handle
Difficult Situations &
       Students
Tools to Help You Take Control of Your
Class when Your Class is Getting Out of
                Hand
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Difficult Situations You May
Face:
   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 read




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Make Sure All Students Read
and Sign a Copy of Your “Yoga
Guidelines”
   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 writing



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Stick a Copy of the “Yoga
Guidelines” where they can be
seen 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)



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Make Sure You Are Legally
Protected
 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”




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Set Expectations at the
Beginning 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”




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“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 quiet




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Proximity
 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 talking




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Talk 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 back




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Address the Behavior Early
Before 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 it




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Why 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 behavior




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Don’t Get into a Heated Debate
During 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 you




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Speak Louder:
“We’ll Begin When You’re
Ready”
 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”




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Speak 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.




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Silence 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 speaking




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“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
  you




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Recommended 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 Lincoln

Feel free to contact me on akash.speaker@gmail.com with any questions you may have.




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Feel 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 work

Akash Karia
www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com
akash.speaker@gmail.com




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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 champion
speaker and has won over 40 public speaking
championships, including the prestigious titles of: JCI
2012 Hong Kong Champion of Public
Speaking, Toastmasters International Division
K Impromptu Speaking Champion and has been
ranked as one of the Top 10 Speakers in Asia
Pacific.

He is available to conduct public speaking and persuasion skills training.
Contact him on akash.speaker@gmail.com or visit his website for more
details: www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com

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50 Public Speaking Techniques (for yoga teachers) 50 Presentation Techniques

  • 1. “Public Speaking” for Yoga Teachers 50 Tools You Can Use to Become a Brilliant Speaker and Yoga Teacher By Akash P Karia www.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 champion speaker and has won over 40 public speaking championships, including the prestigious titles of: JCI 2012 Hong Kong Champion of Public Speaking, Toastmasters International Division K Impromptu Speaking Champion and has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Speakers in Asia Pacific. He is available to conduct public speaking and persuasion skills training. Contact him on akash.speaker@gmail.com or visit his website for more details: www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com 2 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 3. 1 What 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. 2 Pause: Don’t Start Until You’re Ready  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. 3 Get 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. 4 What Story Are You Telling Yourself?  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. 5 Use 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. 6 Starting/ 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. 7 Don’t ever Admit You’re Nervous  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. 8 Set Expectations at the Beginning 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. 9 Let Students Know they Don’t Have to Push Themselves beyond their Physical Boundaries  “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. 10 Use 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. 11 Soften 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. 12 Don’t Dilute the Power of Your Words 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. 13 The Sweetest Sound in Any Language  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 name 15 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 16. 14 Acknowledge, Label & Let It Go 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 go 16 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 17. 15 Use Imagery & Visual Language to Make it Easier for Your Students to Understand  “…thread running up your spine” visual 17 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 18. 16 Laughter 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 laugh 18 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 19. 17 Stand 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 yourself 19 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 20. 18 Don’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 audience 20 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 21. 19 Don’t Pace Back and Forth Like 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 here 21 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 22. 20 Scan and Stop Technique for Eye 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/her 22 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 23. 21 Don’t Close Your Eyes when You Ask Students to Close Theirs  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. 22 If You Forget What You Were Saying…  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 were 24 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 25. 23 Use Mind-maps to Plan Your Class  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 here 25 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 26. 24 Avoid the “Yoga-Voice”  Avoid the long-syllables and high-pitched yoga voice  Speak conversationally and in your normal tone of voice 26 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 27. 25 When Giving a Command or an Instruction, Make Your Voice Slightly Deeper (lower in pitch)  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. 26 Keep 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” event 28 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 29. 27 Shorter Sentences = Greater Clarity  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 too 29 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. 28 Pause After You Ask a Question  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 what 30 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 31. questions they have) 29 Use Your Hands to Show What You’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 presentation 31 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 32. 30 The “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. 31 Share 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. 32 The Five C’s of Storytelling  Characters  Conflict  Cure  Change  Carryout Message  Check out this article for more details about the 5 C’s of Storytelling 34 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 35. 33 Use Fresh Language to Breathe New 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 concepts 35 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 36. 34 Examples of Fresh Language to Breathe 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. 34.1 More Examples of Fresh Language to Breathe New Life to 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” strategy 37 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 38. Part 2: How to Handle Difficult Situations & Students Tools to Help You Take Control of Your Class when Your Class is Getting Out of Hand 38 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 39. 35 Difficult Situations You May Face:  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 read 39 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 40. 36 Make Sure All Students Read and Sign a Copy of Your “Yoga Guidelines”  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 writing 40 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 41. 37 Stick a Copy of the “Yoga Guidelines” where they can be seen 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. 38 Make Sure You Are Legally Protected  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. 39 Set Expectations at the Beginning 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 quiet 44 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 45. 41 Proximity  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 talking 45 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 46. 42 Talk 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 back 46 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 47. 43 Address the Behavior Early Before 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 it 47 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 48. 44 Why 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 behavior 48 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 49. 45 Don’t Get into a Heated Debate During 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 you 49 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 50. 46 Speak Louder: “We’ll Begin When You’re Ready”  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. 47 Speak 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. 48 Silence 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 speaking 52 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 you 53 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com
  • 54. 50 Recommended 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 Lincoln Feel 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. 51 Feel 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 work Akash Karia www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com akash.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 champion speaker and has won over 40 public speaking championships, including the prestigious titles of: JCI 2012 Hong Kong Champion of Public Speaking, Toastmasters International Division K Impromptu Speaking Champion and has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Speakers in Asia Pacific. He is available to conduct public speaking and persuasion skills training. Contact him on akash.speaker@gmail.com or visit his website for more details: www.CommunicationSkillsTips.com 56 Created by AkashKaria | Learn more at CommunicationSkillsTips.com