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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

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Should you tell your audience that you aren’t prepared to speak?

Should you tell your audience that you aren’t prepared to speak?

No!

First, there is no acceptable excuse for not being prepared to speak. You should always be prepared to speak about the messages that are important to you and your organization. Sometimes you might be given only a few minutes notice. That’s why you must always be prepared to speak about your key messages. 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

What’s the difference between a podium and a lectern?

What’s the difference between a podium and a lectern?

Many people confuse the words “lectern”, “podium”, “rostrum”, and “dais”. A lectern is the slant-topped high desk that you as the speaker stand behind and use when reading your presentation notes. It can be placed in the middle of the stage or off to one side. To remember lectern, think lecture. 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 a speaker use quotes in a speech?

How can a speaker use quotes in a speech?

Using a good quotation in your speech could add strength to your message.

Here are four guidelines for using quotations in your speech.

1. State the source of the quote. Don’t pretend that those are your original words. 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

How long should it take to prepare a presentation?

How long should it take to prepare a presentation?

It depends on how new the information is to you, who you are presenting to and the importance of the presentation.

The rule of thumb is three hours of preparation for every hour of presentation.

But that is only a rule of thumb. If you are an effective presenter, 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

What’s the first question a speaker should ask while preparing?

What’s the first question a speaker should ask while preparing?

Good preparation for a presentation starts with asking good questions, especially of yourself.

The first question you need to ask yourself is, “Why are you speaking?”

You need to answer this question before you create your presentation so you deliver the right message. If you don’t know why you are speaking – don’t speak – because you will fail. 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 you think on your feet when presenting?

Should you think on your feet?

Some presenters neglect to prepare or rehearse for their presentation because they believe that they can always think on their feet. Is that a good approach to your presentations?

No.

Don’t try to think on your feet

It is too dangerous. When you try to wing it you leave too much to chance. You might be sharp today. Or, you might be ill or even in a foul mood. 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