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Public Speaking Humor Placement By: Tom Antion
You are probably wondering how you decide where to put the humor you have so carefully selected to use in your presentation. You weren't wondering? Well, I'm going to tell you anyway.First of all, starting with a funny story or joke is expected and trite. You may want to postpone ...
Public Speaking Humor Delivery Tips By: Tom Antion
(ignore these and you can start passing out pillows and blankets)* Don't signal your punch line. If the humor in your punch line depends upon the words ruptured camel, don't say the following: Did you hear the one about the ruptured camel?* ...
Public Speaking Fake Facts and Statistics By: Tom Antion
Stating falsehoods as if they are absolutely true is another fun way to play with the audience during a public speaking engagement. However, you must make the statements obviously false by your words and your facial expressions. When you use this technique in this fashion, you don't want to leave ...
Public Speaking Bribes By: Tom Antion
... or, as I like to call them, 'Tips in advance' are a part of my public speaking life. Does that mean I am an unethical person? ABSOLUTELY NOT! It means I am a realist. It means that when I am 30 minutes from the beginning of a presentation and ...
Public Speaking Line of Sight By: Tom Antion
When you speak alot you run into some crazy room setups. It's your job to be there early to make sure all the little preparation details taken care of. One of these details is the visibility of you and your visuals from each chair in the audience.It doesn't even amaze ...
Public Speaking Deep Penetration By: Tom Antion
Many people that know me or have had me do a public speaking engagement for them know that I am a real stickler for pre program research. This research allows you to connect with the audience on much deeper levels than you could have without it. There are many ways ...
Public Speaking Juxtaposition By: Tom Antion
Juxtaposition is the placing, side by side, of two ideas or items usually for the purpose of comparison or contrast.I staged an event at Washington National Airport where I had a huge 450-pound man and a very small man (three feet eleven inches) dressed as chauffeurs. They were waiting at ...
Public Speaking The Front Row By: Tom Antion
In the research I did on my recent public speaking trip to Thailand, I discovered that a meeting or seminar custom is to seat VIP attendees in the front row. No one of a lesser status either socially or in business would think of sitting closer to the front than ...
Special Delivery Tips for Improving Your Humor By: Tom Antion
Delivering humorous speeches involves a lot more than simply having good material. Take some time to incorporate these tips into your presentations and watch the fun and laughter factors rise.In FunSigmund Freud wrote: "The most favorable condition for comic pleasure is a generally happy disposition in which one is in ...
Whats All This I Hear About Firewalls By: Tom Antion
At this point, if you've got the whole "turning the computer on" thing down; you are ready to learn about firewalls. Whether you use your computer for business or pleasure, it is important to have a firewall. If you use a high speed Internet connection like Cable modem or DSL, ...
Public Speaking Funny Question and Answer Sessions By: Tom Antion
Question-and-answer sessions are great opportunities to show off your sense of humor and get audience participation during a public speaking engagement. Let's see how we can have some fun with them.A good way to open up a Q & A session is to say, 'The last time I opened up ...
Public Speaking Vulnerability By: Tom Antion
I learned a great public speaking tip, at the recent National Speakers Association convention while standing around talking shop in the hotel lobby.John Meluso spent some time with me and noted that I was not showing any vulnerability at all near the beginning of my program. I would roll along ...
Public SpeakingWords are Funny By: Tom Antion
Some words are simply funnier than others. Your word choice can be the key to creating a successful witty line or a dud. All professional comedy writers agree on the following fact. The sound of certain words can virtually guarantee a laugh. In particular, the 'K' sound in words is ...
Fee Credibility is a Must By: Tom Antion
Think of it like this: your fee credibility is as important as putting on your clothes before going to a speaking engagement. Having questionable integrity when it comes to your fee, will leave you open for attack from many different angles (as would giving a speech nude). Without question, all ...
Ebook Security Anxiety By: Tom Antion
You are not alone. Tons of people are nervous that their e-book will be stolen and put on the black market (hmm, or the cyber black market, I guess you'd call it). Now, stealing is never right or fair, but in this case theft means one good thing, at least ...
Public Speaking Frequency Check By: Tom Antion
It is pretty common to have multiple wireless microphones going during the same public speaking engagement. The AV crew that sets everything up usually makes sure that they are all on different frequencies so that no cross over occurs. You should still double check it anyway. BUT WHAT ABOUT MICE?When ...
Public Speaking No Brainstoppers By: Tom Antion
I made this term up so don't try to find it anywhere else. A "brainstopper" is something you say or do that causes the mind of an audience member to stop to think. This can be a good thing, but most of the time when I catch a coaching student ...
Public Speaking Stand Still By: Tom Antion
One of the most common problems I see, even with experienced public speakers, is that they do not seem to be capable of standing still when they should. It is very distracting to try to listen to a public speaking presentation when someone is wandering and swaying around on stage.I ...
Public Speaking Rapport By: Tom Antion
THIS WILL SURPRISE YOU (especially if you know me) You can be a lousy public speaker and still be great on the speaking platform. By lousy, I mean that technically you do everything wrong. You look terrible. Your grammar and diction stink and you might have dandruff.Do not think for ...
Connecting Your Offline Business to Your Online Business By: Tom Antion
These may sound like no brainers, but you'd be surprised. No matter how high-tech your business has become, there is no doubt you still have some non-electronic aspects of your company. These are things like your business cards, stickers, and work shirts, to name a few.Check out your business cards ...
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