Tag Archive for persuasive speaking

100 Words To Help You Communicate More Effectively

One reason the English language is a challenge to learn is the sheer number of words available to communicate our thoughts and messages. It is this richness that allows us to communicate with greater distinction and accuracy. The subtle differences between words of a similar meaning allows us to choose the best word that conveys our intention.

If you find yourself tongue-tied or at-a-loss-for-words it might behoove you to enrich your vocabulary. Of course, that doesn’t mean that the best word is always the big word but don’t settle for a word that gets close when you have at your disposal a more accurate word.

Below is just 100 words (watch for more) every good communicator needs to have in their vocabulary. Which ones do you use regularly? Which ones do you need to add to your vocabulary? Which ones do you love? Which one have you forgotten?

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FREE Training – Learn How to Craft a Speech So You Can Market and Sell Your Services

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A Persuasive Speech Outline to Gain Customers and Increase Your Cash Flow

If you are a small business owner, a non-professional sales person or even an entrepreneur looking for investors, having a strong persuasive speech in your back pocket is critical to your marketing mix.

Huh? What’s that? If that’s what you’re thinking then listen closely. The fastest way to increase your cash flow and gain new clients (or investors)  is by speaking to your ideal market.

Now wait. Don’t run yet. It’s not as difficult as you think and it can be learned.

If you spend any time at all networking and you are not also the featured speaker you are missing a huge opportunity. You can spend time connecting one-to-one (recommended for building relationships) or you can speak one-to-many and really leverage your time.

You might have even learned how to construct a persuasive speech outline some time in your school years. If so the outline that follows might look vaguely familiar.

Here’s what a persuasive or as I call it your “personal keynote” outline must contain: Read more

4 Types of Public Speakers: Where Do You Fit In?

(Today”s post is from Daphne Bousquet, CMP, who helps entrepreneurs grow their business with workshops. Read more below. I love this article because it really addresses the issue I see so frequently…especially the “donor.” While Daphne helps you put on your seminar I help you craft the talk that you a “Transformer.” Read on.)

There are 2 models of speaking at seminars and events, for free and for a fee.  And sometimes they will both be used at the same event.  And although there are only 2 models of speaking, there are 4 types of public speakersRead more

Become a Better Speaker – Presentation Blunders Funny Video

If you get a good chuckle from this video it’s likely because you’ve experienced something similar…hopefully, you weren’t the one speaking!

But, if you see yourself in this video don’t cringe. Just vow to change one or two things immediately. Do you fail to connect with your audience when they walk into your presentation? Next time, set up early and be ready to greet and meet your audience when they walk into the room. Getting to know them personally goes a long way to rule #1. connecting to your audience.

Want to learn more about how you can use speaking to market your business or if you want to become a better presenter to improve your career…join me for a FREE strategy session.

 

Power Point – What Not to Do!

Don McMillan’s Hilarious Video on Power Point Blunders – Take Note.

Presentation Anxiety: 5 Public Speaking TechniquesThat Can Help

You’re not alone if you experience the jitters when speaking in public. I can relate to the sweaty palms, shaking knees, tight and dry voice that can plague a public speaker. As a timid child, speaking up in class was akin to standing on a tiny platform about to perform a high dive. (I care not for heights and I’ve never learned to dive!)

I’m a different person today, not only has speaking been a part of my career for decades, I now work with entrepreneurs who want to market their services through speaking. Many of these successful entrepreneurs fear speaking as much as I did when I was young.

Here are a few techniques you might try to ease your anxiety:

1. When faced with a challenge (public speaking) that causes our body to retreat to flight mode our right brain starts firing rapidly. This means our logical left brain shuts down a bit and fails to provide the commonsense needed to get the job done. In order to create a balance between our left and right brain hemispheres I suggest my students perform brain train exercises before speaking. Here’s one you can try:

Place your arms out in front of you parallel to the ground with your hands clasped but index fingers forming a steeple. Think Charlie’s Angels. With your eyes focused on your pointed index fingers, slowly form a lazy eight figure with your arms. Allow your eyes to follow the movement as your arms move from side to side. After a bit, either dizziness will replace your fears or more likely you’ll find yourself feeling calmer. The movement allows you to engage your left brain and get the logic flowing again. Try it before any nerve-inducing situation.

2. Rehearse your talk. Okay, you knew that was coming but you’ll be amazed at how people fail to practice sufficiently. Seriously, you must put the time in to construct and speak your talk out loud. It might take Read more

How to Get More Clients? Speak to Sell Your Services

Ask any creative entrepreneur, small biz owner, healer, coach or solo service provider what they need the most and the answer will always be–more clients. Ask what they need other than that and few will answer “speaking opportunities.”

Too bad.

Speaking opportunities is the fastest way to new clients.

Why? Read more

Speaking to Grow Your Business: Crafting Your Personal Keynote to Sell Yourself

If you want to market to your tribe and get immediate results there’s no faster way to do it than by speaking.

Think about it. By speaking directly to your right audience, providing immediate value and then enrolling them in your services and programs you’d serve a greater percent of your target market than any other marketing option.

Why? Because your market wants to hear you, see you, learn from you as directly as possible. No internet marketing campaign can match the results of speaking. Speaking includes live events, seminars, keynotes, guest speaking or teleseminars.

So what do you do if you don’t like speaking, are afraid to speak, don’t know what to say or how to say it to sell yourself? Read more

Is Your Speech Just Talk?

Lately, I’ve been stepping up my local networking sometimes attending business connections groups two or three times a day.

Which means I’ve heard many speakers give their talks over the last few weeks.

Some speakers do an excellent job, some okay and some…well, I applaud their courage.

This week, unfortunately, I heard one of those…not so fabulous talks.  The speaker was confident, knew his stuff and was clearly enthusiastic about his services.

The problem? I didn’t learn anything of value…anything worth taking a note about.

And, I wasn’t the only that felt that way.

In fact, I’m often quite generous and forgiving because I know how difficult it can be to construct a talk that has value, honors your audience and naturally leads into an offer I might (or might not) be interested in.

Unsolicited comments from my table mates voiced their disappointment in this speakers presentation. One leaned in and whispered, “He needs help.”  The person on my left said, ” I stopped listening five minutes ag0.”

What a shame! A real lost opportunity for the business owner who gave the talk.

Are you giving real value when you speak?

Here’s a few questions to ask yourself before you get before a group.

1.) Is the information I’m giving just general knowledge for this particular group?

2.) Will I give them a new perspective on something they might already know?

3.) Will my audience relate to my information and be able to implement it quickly?

4.) Did I create a system or a formula that really drills down into a problem so my audience walks away feeling that got real value?

5.) Am I generous in providing real answers to issues my audience  experiences?

6.) Will I be making an offer that relates to my topic and serves the group I’m speaking to?

7.) Does my intro honor the audience for taking the time to listen to you?

These are not all the questions you need to ask but they are a jumping off place.

If the above mentioned speaker had asked himself even questions 1 through 3 he might have changed his talk enough so my table mates and I commented on his brilliance rather than his boorishness!

Need more help constructing your talk?

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