Category Archives: Logistics

What’s the difference between a speaker’s bio and an introduction?

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What’s the difference between a speaker’s bio and an introduction?

Many people don’t realize the difference and often say bio when they mean introduction. And many non-professional speakers mistakenly supply their bio as an introduction.

There is a big difference between these two documents in their purpose and hence their form. Function always drives form. Continue reading

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Should I thank the introducer?

Should I thank the introducer?

It’s your turn to speak. The introducer just gave you a warm and flattering introduction. Should you thank the introducer for that introduction?

No.

Why?

Three reasons: Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

Should I stand behind the podium (lectern) when I speak?

 

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This is a common question. The first point is that the piece of furniture that speakers often stand behind is a lectern not a podium. A podium is a small stage that you stand upon while a lectern is a high desk upon which lecturers place their notes and stand behind.

Should you stand behind the lectern? Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How to prepare for tough questions?

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Prepare to answer tough questions

If you speak in public you will be asked tough questions. You won’t always know when the tough question will hit you but you know that it eventually will – so you might as well be prepared to handle it.

It’s a mistake to hope that they won’t ask you a tough question, and it’s a bigger mistake to believe that you can wing it.

The best way to answer tough questions is to prepare.

Use these three types of preparation: Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How to ensure you get the introduction you want for your presentation

How can you ensure that you get the introduction you want for your presentation?

Write the introduction that you want the introducer to deliver.

The purpose of the introduction is to build the anticipation of the audience for your presentation. You want them thinking, “Yeah, I’m looking forward to this.”

The only way to ensure that your introducer says the right thing is to give him the script to read. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How do I keep my presentation on time?

How do I keep my presentation on time?

This is one of the most important questions that every speaker should consider. Unfortunately not enough speakers think about how to stay on time.

The first point to consider is that even though your audience might not care when you start, they do care about when you finish.

So the real question is “How do you finish on time?” Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How do I start the question period when nobody asks a question?

How do I start the question period when nobody asks a question?

This happens often because the speaker suddenly stops talking and says, “Are there any questions?”

The audience is caught unexpectedly because they had no time to prepare a question.

It takes both time and thought to ask a good question and most people don’t want to ask a dumb question. So it’s usually safer to wait for someone else to start the questions. There are three things the speaker can do to make this easier on the audience and solicit better questions. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

When should the speaker take questions?

When should the speaker take questions?

The speaker decides and states the terms of question and answer to the audience. Depending on the circumstances of the presentation the audience might not follow the stated rules of engagement.

If it’s a sales presentation the client or prospect will likely make the rules. If the presentation is to senior management the audience might make the rules. If you are presenting to your boss and he’s a bully, guess who makes the rules. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How can we deliver a better team presentation?

How can we deliver a better team presentation?

Team presentations are probably the worst types of presentations that most of us have endured. That includes our experience as an audience member and as part of the team.

Why are team presentations so bad? Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com

How many slides should I use in my business presentation?

How many slides should I use in my business presentation?

This is a common question for business presenters using PowerPoint. Many people are looking for a number. Some self-proclaimed presentation experts will boldly state “one slide for every 3 minutes” or “maximum of 20 slides no matter how long you speak”. Continue reading

George Torok was a shy student who learned how to speak in public. He has delivered over 1,000 professional presentations. He trains professionals, specialists and sales teams to deliver Superior Presentations. He coaches executives and leaders to deliver million dollar presentations. Visit www.SpeechCoachforExecutives.com or www.Torok.com © George Torok. You may reprint or quote this information as long as you quote the source and link back to this site. www.QuestionsAboutPublicSpeaking.com