Monday, August 6, 2012

Great resources for speakers and leaders who present

Many leaders and business owners I speak to often ask for resources to develop their presentation skills. I always recommend Toastmasters and their local Canadian Association of Professional Speakers or National Speakers Association  chapter in their community. These resources are incredibly valuable for seasoned speakers as well as those wishing to develop their skills.

Patricia Fripp is an exquisite coach and trainer in speaking skills. Here I am with her a couple of years ago when she presented for CAPS Edmonton, and a few tips she shared with the audience:

1. Write your own introduction

2. Check out the setting and meeting room ahead of time

3. Know your audience

4. Have a powerful start. The first 35 seconds are crucial, don’t waste that time with “ladies and gentlemen… it’s great to be here….” Just start with a powerful story, quote or fact

5. Structure your information

6. Use handouts for the audience

7. Don’t read from your notes

8. End with a powerful finish

Here are some of the resources I love related to speaking powerfully, professionally and being remembered!



Arthur Samuel Joseph is the founder of Vocal Awareness®, and has studied the physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of the human voice for over four decades.. He has been the architect of transformation for thousands of people who were ready to discover their Selves, their Power, their Voice. I had the chance to attend training with him and found his program to be incredibly valuable. His website offers great information to help speakers use their voice to connect, build relationships, trust, and to speak authentically.

If you have a presentation coming up, here are a few things you can do to show up and be remembered (in a positive way):
- Prepare
- Practice
-Know how long your content takes to get through
-Anticipate questions in advance
-Know your audience and select appropriate and relevant examples and stories

Afterwards, do a review and learn process by asking yourself these questions for your learning and continued growth:
1. What went well?
2. What was a challenge?
3. What did I learn?
4. What will I do differently next time?

These questions will help you in planning and preparing for your next conversation, presentation, sales pitch, or address. 

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