Public Speaking Success: What to do when they don’t laugh at your jokes

boredIt’s every speaker’s nightmare: you’ve told that joke that you think is funny (you practically chuckle yourself as you tell it) but the audience doesn’t react. Did you tell it wrong? Do they just not get it?

Humor is one of the toughest things to execute during the speech. In order for an audience to laugh, you have to do the following when you tell a joke:

  1. Ensure that your joke is funny to begin with.
  2. Ensure that the audience has the ability to laugh about your joke.
  3. Deliver it in a way that encourages the audience to laugh.

Public Speaking Success: How to Create a Presentation for Work

Public speakingSo you’ve done something great at work such as finished a tough project, discovered a new way to be profitable or solved a difficult problem. You’re a star, your coworkers and peers admire you and you’re rewarded by … having to give a speech about it.

As you probably know, public speaking is the number one social fear (and some studies show people fear it even more than death). If you’re already uncomfortable speaking to groups, the added pressure of having to do it well as part of your job can cause you reason for panic. Fortunately, you can succeed — it’s not as bad you think it is. Success: How to Create a Presentation for Work”>(more…)

Public Speaking Success: The Power of Audience Reactions

Public SpeakingThe way the audience reacts can often make or break your presentation. I’ve seen dead audiences bring down great presenters and excited audiences make so-so speeches come alive. From my own personal experience as a speaker, I thrive off of audience energy — it’s like a natural high. There’s nothing like the feeling of an audience positively reacting to your speech.

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.

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.