Hello speaker, how will you prepare your talk?

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Are you giving a talk? Here are some questions to help you prepare. Research included.

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How will you prepare your talk

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Question 1 How well do you know the people you speak with

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The audience is the heart of a presentation. https://hbr.org/2015/04/the-best-presentations-are-tailored-to-the-audience

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The audience is interested in their problems. Make your talk about them. http://www.destination-innovation.com/articles/the-eight-worst-mistakes-made-by-keynote-speakers/

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http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/02/going_from_suck_to_non-suck_as.html http://youtu.be/O2dEuMFR8kw https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20121022044446-22330283-from-crickets-chirping-to-a-standing-ovation-three-rules-of-effective-public-speaking Show the listeners that you truly care about them.

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http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/matt-abrahams-good-question-can-be-key-successful-presentation https://hbr.org/2015/04/the-best-presentations-are-tailored-to-the-audience 2 questions for you: 1. What do people already know 2. What do people need to hear

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Needs-that-people-have-1530997

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Question 2 How short will your talk be

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Keep your talk focused on the 1 or 2 things you want people to remember. http://finans.dk/artikel/ECE4597216/lE6r_at_tale_som_en_verdensleder/

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State the most important recommendations at the start. Then move on to supporting data. https://hbr.org/2012/10/how-to-present-to-senior-execu

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Cut out everything that is not essential. http://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/want-to-be-a-better-presenter-fix-this-one-mistake-right-now.html http://www.amazon.de/101-Tips-Speakers-prepare-tremendous-ebook/dp/B00S59KEY0

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If you had only 1 sentence what would you say http://www.amazon.de/101-Tips-Speakers-prepare-tremendous-ebook/dp/B00S59KEY0

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Question 3 What questions will you ask people

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http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/insights/matt-abrahams-good-question-can-be-key-successful-presentation How many of you have....

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What about asking an event participant to 1. read a quote written on a slide and / or 2. comment on a / the quote https://hbr.org/2015/08/6-ways-to-reduce-the-stress-of-presenting

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https://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Explaining-your-reasoning/423244/438035-4.html What do you think

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When you ask a question pause and count to 3 or 4. http://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/want-to-be-a-better-presenter-fix-this-one-mistake-right-now.html

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Conversation-exercises-1791882

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Question 4 How often will you pause

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The most powerful weapon in a speaker’s armoury is the pause. Use a pause after a question for example. http://www.amazon.de/101-Tips-Speakers-prepare-tremendous-ebook/dp/B00S59KEY0

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Use a pause to help people absorb what you say and to get people’s attention. http://www.businessinsider.com/common-speaking-mistakes-2013-12 http://hbr.org/tipdate050712

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A pause gives people time to think. http://blog.prezi.com/latest/2014/2/7/10-most-common-rookie-mistakes-in-public-speaking.html

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Question 5 How slowly will you speak

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The average adult reads 300 words per minute but people can only listen well to 150 words per minute. Therefore slow down. https://hbr.org/2014/09/a-speech-is-not-an-essay

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Take a breath before you begin speaking to avoid rushing and mumbling. http://www.businessinsider.com/common-speaking-mistakes-2013-12

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Communicate with a clear strong voice. http://youtu.be/O2dEuMFR8kw

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Question 6 How will you make your talk personal

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Include some stories – preferably about real people or even yourself. The personal touch can really help to give the talk authenticity and interest. http://www.amazon.de/101-Tips-Speakers-prepare-tremendous-ebook/dp/B00S59KEY0 Tip 5.

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http://youtu.be/O2dEuMFR8kw http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/09/a-speech-is-not-an-essay/ http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/01/is-the-lecture-dead/272578/ People will better follow and remember stories. Stories create emotional connections.

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https://hbr.org/2015/05/your-presentation-needs-a-punch-line Have you thought about why you should be telling this story What is unique about you

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Talk about things you believe in. https://hbr.org/2013/02/going-from-suck-to-non-suck_as.html

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If you should mention a person by name and connect him or her to the story you are telling who would that person be https://hbr.org/2014/08/5-tips-for-off-the-cuff-speaking/

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How can you bring your natural informal style into your talk http://blog.prezi.com/latest/2014/2/7/10-most-common-rookie-mistakes-in-public-speaking.html

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Further inspiration https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/What-is-your-purpose-1438787

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Question 7 How will you use ”I” language

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https://www.lynda.com/Business-Skills-tutorials/Speaking-so-you-understood/423244/438033-4.html Examples:  I disagree.  I don’t see it that way.  I don’t understand.

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Question 8 How will you use simple language

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Keep it simple. The human brain likes easy things. http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21700610-why-donald-trumps-rhetoricwith-apologies-orwellworks-so-well-double-plus-effective

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Question 9 How often will you repeat during your talk

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http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21700610-why-donald-trumps-rhetoricwith-apologies-orwellworks-so-well-double-plus-effective Winston Churchill. We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets.

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http://www.quoteslike.com/freedom-of-speech-martin-luther-king-quotes/

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3 ways to repeat 1. “To repeat………….….“ 2. “In other words:……......…" 3. “To put it more simply:..…........” http://www.inc.com/justin-bariso/want-to-be-a-better-presenter-fix-this-one-mistake-right-now.html

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When someone asks you a question repeat it. There are 2 reasons for this: Reason 1 Some people in the audience may not have heard the question. Reason 2 It gives you more time to think of your answer. http://www.amazon.de/101-Tips-Speakers-prepare-tremendous-ebook/dp/B00S59KEY0

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Question 10 How will you use your body language

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http://www.imagebase.net/Concept/Test-009-copy

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When you speak be open in your body language. http://finans.dk/artikel/ECE4597216/lE6r_at_tale_som_en_verdensleder/

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55 of your impact comes from what your body is doing. http://www.francescolejones.com/how-to-wow/excerpt/

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Question 11 How will you vary your voice

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Sometimes the most powerful points can be delivered in a very quiet voice. http://www.amazon.de/101-Tips-Speakers-prepare-tremendous-ebook/dp/B00S59KEY0

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Question 12 How much will you practice before you speak

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Sources http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/02/going_from_suck_to_non-suck_as.html http://epn.dk/job/article4597216.ece http://blog.prezi.com/latest/2014/2/7/10-most-common-rookie-mistakes-in-public-speaking.html Know your material extremely well.

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Practice your talk 3 times 1. When you finished preparing it. 2. The day before the event. 3. A few hours before you go “on.” https://hbr.org/2015/08/6-ways-to-reduce-the-stress-of-presenting

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https://hbr.org/2015/08/6-ways-to-reduce-the-stress-of-presenting Avoid over-rehearsing. That can be counterproductive.

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When practicing expect that your actual talk will take at least 25 longer. http://blog.prezi.com/latest/2014/2/7/10-most-common-rookie-mistakes-in-public-speaking.html

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Further inspiration http://crinfo.beyondintractability.org/essay/escalation-limiting_language/ https://hbr.org/2014/09/a-speech-is-not-an-essay/ https://hbr.org/2013/12/conflict-strategies-for-nice-people/ http://knowledge.insead.edu/contents/Communication-skills-steveknight-090918.cfmvid305 http://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/the-language-of-leadership/ http://www.strategy-business.com/li/leadingideas/li00079pgall https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Listening-tips-1485898 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dialogue-or-discussion-1567510 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/How-do-we-give-and-receive-feedback-1761017

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