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Public Speaking Gimme Three Steps By: Tom Antion
Do you remember that song by Lynyrd Skynyrd? 'Gimme three steps, gimme three steps mister, gimme three steps towards the door.' I try to remember that song when I am moving on stage during a public speaking engagement.When you are moving on the stage, make sure that your movement has ...
Public Speaking How to Make a Point with Humor By: Tom Antion
One of the old saws of public speaking says that you should 'Tell em what you're gonna tell 'em. Tell 'em. Then tell 'em what you told 'em.' When you want to make a point during your presentation, you can use a similar formula. You tell 'em the point, illustrate ...
Public Speaking SelfEffacing Humor By: Tom Antion
Self-effacing humor, or making fun of yourself is quite a contrast. It is a very powerful form of humor that gets its strength from highlighting your weaknesses. It seems that people who have the ability to laugh at themselves in just the right amount during a public speaking engagement are ...
How to be a Great Speaker without Using PowerPoint By: Tom Antion
RESEARCH YOUR AUDIENCE It amazes me how some speakers will show up for a speaking engagement and really not know anything about the audience they are speaking to. Many speakers just get lazy and feel that their message is so important that anyone would want to hear it. They couldn't ...
Public Speaking Proverb Fortune Cookie Humor By: Tom Antion
(Note: Determine if this is politically correct for your audience.)You can throw in a cute diversion to a boring public speaking engagement by attributing a saying to an ancient Chinese philosopher. Since these sayings are not attributed to anyone in particular, feel free to change or update them to fit ...
Public Speaking The Differences Between a Man and a Woman in the Audience that is By: Tom Antion
There is nothing I like better than an all female public speaking audience. All female audiences tend to laugh more easily and louder than all male audiences. All-male audiences are the toughest because the male ego gets in the way of laughter. They look around to see if anyone else ...
Public Speaking Improvise Your Flipchart By: Tom Antion
Oops! I broke my own rules and did not follow a checklist on my last public speaking engagement. It was two minutes until start time and I realized there was no flipchart in the room. Oh oh!. Better think fast. I was not using an overhead projector either, so I ...
Let Your Products Sell Your Name For Public Speakers By: Tom Antion
Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to be one long, giant commercial for yourself all the time? If maybe your products and your name did the promoting for you? When someone hires you to speak at a high profile event, they are taking a large gamble on your ...
Shopping Carts and the EAisles By: Tom Antion
Have you ever gone to the store and thought you only needed a few things so you didn't grab a cart? The next thing you know your hands are full and groceries are crashing everywhere making a big mess. If only you had gotten a cart. Shopping carts are not ...
Public Speaking Callbacks By: Tom Antion
If you refer to a word or phrase you mentioned earlier in your presentation, that's a 'callback.' It works well if the previous piece of material got a good laugh, or if it was a groaner. If the previous material was good, mentioning it again will get more laughter and ...
How to Get Your Video Production Right the FIRST Time By: Tom Antion
I'll cut to the chase. To make your video look right, you have to wear makeup. Sorry guys, be macho if you want, but when you have a five o?clock shadow after you just shaved, don't say I didn't warn you. The harsh lights used in studios penetrate several layers ...
Public Speaking Old Humor is Good Humor By: Tom Antion
Public speaking humor is only old if your audience has heard it before and if they remember it. Most people don't remember the exact details of jokes, one-liners, and stories. This is not contradictory to the fact that one of the uses of humor is to make your points more ...
Keep It Simple Stupid The Beauty of a Clean Cut Website By: Tom Antion
Don't knock it; ?Keep It Simple, Stupid? is a great rule to live by. Nobody likes a website to ?yell? at them, with blaring colors and flashing lights. Too many buttons will turn customers off. I had this problem with my homepage at http://www.antion.com. A colleague of mine, who makes ...
Public Speaking Quotations By: Tom Antion
Quotations are safe to use during public speaking engagements because if the quotation is not funny, it doesn't matter since you are just reciting it. You did not write it. It can still be used to make your point.You can use the power of the name of the person who ...
Finish Your Book Already By: Tom Antion
I owe the completion and success of my book to a big cardboard box that saw me through the entire process. I found this box and filled it with any and all information I could find on my topic ?advanced presentation skills for speakers and business presenters.? I printed ...
Choosing a Hot Keyword Advice for Aspiring Public Speakers By: Tom Antion
When choosing keywords, you'll want to stay away from using general terms like 'speaker,? for example. This will only leave you competing with stereo speakers for a top ten spot in a search engine like Google. Don't discard the word from your list altogether, but don't make it number one ...
Public Speaking Show em When You Cross Cultures By: Tom Antion
Regardless of one's nationality and culture, cartoons and comic strips are the most universally accepted format for humor in public speaking engagements. These pieces of visual humor are seen in newspapers and magazines in most areas of the world. They may be found in newsstands in large cities, or in ...
Public Speaking Exaggeration By: Tom Antion
Expanding or diminishing proportions can be a fun way to create humor in a public speaking engagement. It's similar to a caricature artist that outrageously exaggerates the features of an individual, while still keeping the person recognizable.I did a public speaking engagement one time for Secretaries Day at a large ...
Public Speaking Humorous Signs By: Tom Antion
I run across funny signs all the time. I try to take a mental note or take a picture of the sign for later use during a public speaking engagement.John Jay Daly, a speaker friend of mine, does a hysterical slide presentation called 'The Wacky, Wonderful World of Washington.' Many ...
Public Speaking Top Ten Ways to Make Money Public Speaking By: Tom Antion
SELL YOUR KNOWLEDGEThis is my overriding principle that came from years of hard knocks trying to get people to hire me to speak. I get more speaking engagements than I ever had before when I quit trying to sell them and began selling my knowledge in as many different formats ...
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