Public Speaking Success: Hostile Audiences Part 2 – How to Prevent Them

Hositle audiencesWe discussed what causes hostile audiences in Part 1 of this series. Now we’ll discuss some measures to help prevent them. In general, you need adequate preparation to prevent a hostile audience and that boils down to researching your audience. When you’re nailing down the details for your speech with the person organizing the event, a little research up front can go a long way.

Since everyone’s situation is different, not all of these tips may apply to you. For example, if you’re delivering an inspiration story about how you survived cancer, you’re not worried about people judging you based on the company you work for. So we’ll discuss some preventative measures for each of the main points from part 1.

Communication Success: The Cure for Over Communicating

Have you ever been accused of over communicating? Many of us tend to add in more details than necessary when we communicate. Hence the term “TMI,” an acronym for “too much information.” So let’s look at over communication in a bit more detail.

What is over communication:

Over communication occurs when we provide irrelevant information or get too deep in to details when we communicate. For example, if someone you barely know asks how you’re doing, an over communicated answer would be:

Tips for Toastmasters: How to Get the Most Out of Your Toastmasters Experience

Public SpeakingI always look back at the five years that I was involved with Toastmasters International with fond memories. I served as V.P of Education and Club President with a great group of officers, as an Area Governor and mentored several people. I’ve earned several awards, conducted speech contests and participated in a variety of Toastmasters related events. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting some of the friendliest people (hundreds of them) within my own clubs, through events at the district level and even on-line through my blog, e-zine subscribers and other discussion groups.

Public Speaking Success: Enhance a Speech With Humor

We all want our audiences to laugh with us, not at us and let’s face it — it just feels great to have the audience laugh at your jokes. Great speakers are able to entertain us while they educate us. There is also a perception that having the audience laugh with you throughout your talk means that it’s well received.

Humor is one of the best attention getting devices out there. If someone isn’t paying attention and the audience laughs, he or she will focus back on you to see what go the reaction. As a general rule, you want to put an attention getting device into your speech every three to five minutes to prevent losing your audience. In addition to humor, the other common ways to get attention include:

Public Speaking Success: How to Relax Before a Speech

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It’s five minutes before your talk begins. You’ve prepared a great speech, worked out all the issues and practiced it several times. But for some bizarre reason, you still feel a bit nervous. Is something wrong?

These feelings are perfectly normal – many seasoned speakers still feel a bit nervous before a big speech. It’s your mind’s way of reminding you that you’ve got something important coming up. Nervous energy is a good thing; it helps keep us on our toes.

Public Speaking Success: Tips for Working with Multiple Presenters

public speakingHave you ever done a presentation with other people? In school, these are often known as group presentations but they also happen frequently in adulthood – a handful of people give a talk with each one doing a part of the presentation.

Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Blog Carnival

The Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Blog Carnival is finally here. If you blog about public speaking, then this is a great opportunity for you to promote your blog to others interested in public speaking. We’re looking for articles in the following categories:

  • Public Speaking Tips
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