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Learn to Skillfully & Confidently say What you need to say. Communicate, Educate, Advocate. Create a Brilliant future.
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Speaking skills are a necessary "Key to Success" in an interconnecting Global world...and you know it's true.

In Business, Professionally, Academically, even Socially, Speaking at public events is an invaluable skill. Competent public speaking is a major factor in networking, attracting & building cliental, establishing Trust, and positioning yourself as a Leader. 60-70% of Americans say their #1 Fear is Public Speaking, but actually...

Public Speaking skills are learnable. The phrase "Fear of Speaking" is both misused and overrated. There is no such thing as a "natural born speaker", a myth that's been perpetrated for too long. My Teaching & Coaching experience proves that for most people, Public Speaking fear, anxiety, and stress can be well-managed, eliminated, or better yet, effectively incorporated into your Speaking events.

This Course is designed for a person that wants to successfully participate in the opportunities of Globalization, whether you're a Student, Business person, Academic, or Professional. Speaking skills are central to your success.

This course replicates the Training of my on-site Workshops in Los Angeles and Tokyo. I'll introduce Speaking skills, techniques & concepts, explain what they are, demonstrate how to use them, and tell you why you should use them. By participating in this course you must be prepared to physically involve yourself in your own learning. Performance of Speaking and Presentation skills are learned by practice & rehearsal... and they produce results.

In this Course you'll Learn:

  • A set of Physical & Mental Fundamentals to prepare You for the skills that follow.
  • How to naturally Move around the Front of a Room or up on a Stage.
  • Techniques for using a variety of Microphones and the #1 Rule to remember.
  • How to work with and without Lecterns & Podiums.
  • Why you should like your voice, and How to effectively use it.
  • A simple, reliable Map to quickly write any type of Speech or Presentation.
  • How to maintain an Audience connection when working with WhiteBoards & Slide shows.(Powerpoint, Keynote)
  • How to Read a Speech naturally & effectively.
  • How, When, & Why to use Comedy & Humor.
  • Tips & Techniques to help you develop the Confidence to use these skills.

If you believe that you'll become a confident & competent Speaker by reading a book or watching a couple of videos, I believe you'll be disappointed. The "Key" is practicing and rehearsing these skills before you need to use them.

If you make the commitment to learn and use the training I provide, profit from some of the tough lessons I've learned (which I'll share with you), and practice what you learn, you'll be prepared to engage individuals and groups as a Confident and Competent Speaker anywhere, at anytime, with anyone.

BONUS: This Course includes a Free Video Evaluation. It’s available to all Students for a full 3-months after working with this Course for 6 weeks.

If you want to design a successful future, Good Speaking skills and this Course will help you achieve it. Public Speaking is a Learnable set of skills.

Who is the target audience?
  • Do you want to Advocate a Course of Action, Communicate a new set of Priorities, Educate a group with new Facts, or Participate in the Conversations that will affect your future?
  • Are you tired of "Delegating Your Opinions" to other people who are not afraid of Public Speaking? People who misrepresent you and your ideas? Do You want to produce better results? Then learn the skills and develop the Confidence to represent Yourself.
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22 Lectures
Welcome and Introduction to "Performance of Speaking"
1 Lecture 13:30

I have designed and produced this "Performance of Speaking" Online Course to replicate the training experiences of my onsite Workshops. While it's true that we're not working together in the same workshop environment, the Course material and my goals for you are the same, plus you gain the added benefit of being able to develop your skills as your time permits.

Consequently, the speed of your success will depend on the time you can make available to practice these Speaking Skills in a comfortable work-out space of your own. These Speaking Skills are learnable, as previous Students and Clients have shown. Yes the acquisition will take both time & effort, but it's a very achievable goal.

Remember: You're not learning to fly a wide-body passenger jet, or perform invasive heart surgery. You're learning the skills necessary to effectively communicate with people in a group setting, large or small.

Sometimes I call the Lectures- "Sessions", and sometimes "Lessons", but never Lectures. Just my preference.

I've put these Sessions in an order that seems appropriate to me. You may see it differently and that's ok. Take them in any order you wish, but don't skip any. And too, revisit all of them, or most of them at least once.

Awareness of Skills is not Acquisition of Skills.

You are now at or near the beginning of a potentially life-changing experience. Speakers that Speak can influence change, opinions, decisions. That may seem very remote from you as you read this, but History attests to it.

Once you begin, commit to the completion of the Course. Rehearse with some material from a personal or professional interest you have. Your personal workshop sessions will be more meaningful if they help you reach some end-result you favor.

You're about to emerge from the 60-70% majority who can't or won't ever engage in Public Speaking. And you're about to discover that it's neither as Fear-ful nor as difficult as they imagine.

Congratulations and Welcome.

Preview 13:30
The Fundamentals
5 Lectures 21:36

"Performance of Speaking" is about You successfully delivering your information. Better Breathing enables you to have more control of the sound of your message. When you have more air available, you can control the delivery more exactly. You don't have to interrupt delivering an important line, or passage, to breath. You can simply stop talking without interrupting the Silence of the moment. This allows the audience to process the thought in silence, which can have greater impact.

Silence is a powerful skill for you to learn which we'll examine in a future lesson. Better Breathing allows you to have adequate air reserves, which allows you to produce Silence at important points in your script, speech or presentation. Conversely, Better Breathing also allows you to have better control of loudness.

Although to demonstrate Better Breathing I was standing, I suggest you begin learning this technique by sitting down in a firm chair. No slouching in a soft couch. You need to allow your abdomen to expand. Once you see and feel it working for you, it's easy to produce while standing. The key is relaxing your upper body which will allow your abdomen to expand as you breathe. Try it, it's not so difficult.

Better Breathing is a Learnable Skill that will expand your Delivery choices.

Better Breathing - Better Speaking.

As a Speaker you want to project an energetic image to your Audience. You certainly don't want to appear sluggish, weary, or worn-out. A carefully constructed Diet will help you project an energetic, dynamic image, and that in turn will influence the energy level of your audience.

Breakfast is the foundation for the days events. Don't skip it, as it will serve you well if your schedule is suddenly changed, possibly forcing a missed or delayed lunch.

Lunch. Always eat a Light Lunch. Even if you're invited to lunch by the event organizer(s), eat a Light Lunch.

Do you feel jittery when you drink excessive amounts of coffee? Recognize when you're reaching your caffeine limit and switch to water. Stressful feelings, which are quite common when participating in an event, don't need to be amplified by caffeine. Beware of carbonated beverages: burps-n-hiccups.

If You want the Attention and Support of the Audience, Plan on earning it.

A Speakers Diet.

You are being judged, evaluated, and sized-up from the moment people first see you. It's true: 1st impressions happen only once. Consequently you must exhibit the professional, authoritative qualities that you're bringing to the event...from the moment you arrive.

Yes, you can and should be personable and congenial, but always keep in mind that you're at this event to deliver some information and to leave the event having earned "something." Whether or not you earn that "something" will very likely depend on a combination of factors. It's not only about the information you've brought and delivered.

How the audience "feels" about you is also a decision factor. Your "Entrance" to the event is important.

Begin your "Entrance" the moment you arrive at the Event location.

Posture is Power.

Gestures are physical animation and they will attract the attention of your audience. The skillfull use of Gestures comes from accepting their use as a delivery technique that is both beneficial and learnable.

I recently watched an online video where the Speaker held his hands in front of him at waist level throughout the video. During the presentation he shook hands up-n-down in exactly the same way, every time he emphasized a point. He gestured this way continuously, endlessly. It quickly became boring, then distracting, than annoying.

That was a misuse of Gestures and was neither beneficial to the Speaker nor the Audience. That is the kind of Gesturing that I want you to avoid.

The use of Gestures incorporated into your delivery will appear natural if you practice using them during your rehearsal sessions. Some of you are going to feel "silly" or uncomfortable waving your arms around in a room by yourself. You have to let go of those feelings. I have 2 suggestions for you.

1) Have you ever delivered a Presentation or Speech at an event? A business, organization meeting, or class? Or do you have to deliver one in the near future. Use that as the framework for your rehearsal context. OR,

2) Do you listen to music? Turn on some of your favorite music, and use that as a background for your Gestures. Move to the music, Gesture to the lyrics or the beat...let the music direct your Gestures.

Exaggerating Gestures during your rehearsal sessions is the experience you need in order to use Gestures effectively. If you've practiced BIG, you'll know the feeling of BIG, and you'll feel comfortable when you use BIG. Don't be concerned about being "too BIG". You can always make adjustments.

Learn the Skills:

Practice the Skills, Incorporate them into your Speech/Presentation, Evaluate the results, make Adjustments, repeat the Process. It's the fast-track to your development as a Speaker.

Enjoy the Journey.

Physical Gestures: a Moving Introduction.

At this early stage of learning the Performance of Speaking skills, it's not beneficial to ask others to evaluate your progress. You are best served by rehearsing with the information presented in the Course in the privacy of your own personal space.

Enjoy your practice sessions, look forward to them, and give each session a time limit which you honor. Don't stop prematurely, and conversely, don't practice if you're bored or tired. The point here is to encourage you to become physically involved in your own learning. Speaking to an audience of any size has a physical aspect to it... right? So,

By the time you're into the middle of the Course, you'll see and feel how this time-investment in Physical Rehearsal is having a positive effect on your Performance, your attitude, and your Confidence.

When you first begin Rehearsing, practice physically and exaggerate for better results.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall.
The "Fear of Speaking": a Conversation.
1 Lecture 12:21

I don't suffer with "Glossophobia" and most likely you don't either. But I always avoided standing up and Speaking to groups of people unless I had to, like in a class. Whenever I did decide to become involved in group activity where I was required to Speak, the experience was always difficult for me. I felt self-conscious. I got through it but I was never really confident going into the event.

I didn't suffer from "Glossophobia" but I did suffer from the "Fear of Embarrassment." And as you'll discover, it's a very common challenge affecting most people: 60-70%.

Well, fast-forward to today.

I've become a confident Speaker. I've worked in Media in both America and Japan: On-camera TV & Video, Audio Narration, Event Host. The process of moving from embarrassment to Confident Speaker took a long time. Trial-and error. There was no internet, no online universities like Udemy. The most popular books on Public Speaking were written by Dale Carnegie, and they are still the best in my opinion.

I read the books. I read the "what to do" and the "why to do it" but what I needed was the "How to do it." How does this or that recommended technique look and feel? This Course addresses the "How" and you must physically involve yourself in it to gain the benefits it offers. You Can accomplish your goal of becoming a Competent & Confident Speaker if you will physically use these techniques and skills in rehearsal or practice session.

Reading books has rarely ever been enough to build your Speaking skills, especially if you're confronting the major roadblock to your success: "The Fear of Embarrassment".

I'm sure about these points:

  • Speaking Skills are key to Professional success.
  • Speaking & Presentation Skills are a learnable set of Skills.
  • The time to learn these Skills can be shortened with Training.
  • Video demonstration can provide the training visuals unavailable in books.
  • Student accomplishment is directly related to engaged physical rehearsal.

Confident & Competent Speaking Skills will attract attention, create opportunity, expand your Professional & Personal network, and change your life Story.

The "Fear of Speaking"?
The Beginning.
4 Lectures 43:12

Speakers use Lecterns, Podiums, and Music Stands to work from. They hold your notes, a water bottle, a laser pointer, photos, and other "show-and-tell" items. Of course you don't always have to stand behind them never moving away. The only caveat is: unless of course, a Microphone is attached to it and you're using the mic.

I choose a Music Stand because it folds-up and can be moved out of the way in my Workshop space. I also like it because it's easily portable. Several years ago while still in Los Angeles, I decided to offer a free Speaking event and I chose to use the Community Rooms available at local Libraries.

I set up a schedule which took me around the greater LA area and as far west as Malibu. Knowing that these rooms didn't have a Lectern available, I took my Music Stand along. It was the perfect choice for my needs. It offered both a workspace and portability. This may be a solution for you at some future time. If you decide to follow this example, and purchase a Music Stand, shop around for a substantial Stand. Some that I looked at were too light-weight for my needs. Others, like the one I finally bought, were very solid & secure and easily supports books-n-binders.

Unless you're restricted by a microphone, getting out from behind the Lectern/Podium promotes a free feeling. It allows you to engage your audience without the barrier of the Lectern. Some Speakers aren't comfortable with the 'nakedness' of that experience. But,

Begin today in your rehearsal space. Practice moving around, walking from one side to the other, glancing down at your notes as you go, you won't need the Lectern for security. You will use it for the Speakers Tool that it really is: a place to work from.

Here's an example of using a music stand at a TED event:

Practice & Rehearsal = Doing; Rehearsal promotes Familiarity; Familiarity promotes Competence; Competence builds Confidence.

Lecterns, Podiums, and Music Stands.

WhiteBoards & PowerPoints are tools for Speakers & Presenters. Often a Speaker or Presenter will invest most of their time and energy interacting with the WhiteBoard or PowerPoint instead of building a connection, a relationship, with the Audience.

So how do you avoid falling into this ineffective method or style of presenting information?

  • Begin by recognizing this delivery style is ineffective.
  • See WhiteBoards & PowerPoints as "supportive tools".
  • During Rehearsal, focus your attention on your Audience.
  • Decide that your Goal is to influence the Audience.
  • Picture the Audience is a barrier between you and your Goal.
  • Rehearse to win the Audience and Reach your Goal.

You are the Authority, not the WhiteBoard or the SlideShow

WhiteBoards, Powerpoint, and You.

Making effective Eye Contact with your audience is a Skill that will:

  1. Help you hold the Audience's attention. and,
  2. Assist in building Audience Support for your Project, Product, Organization, etc.

Eye Contact, like all of the Skills in this Course, can and should be practiced by You.

It's easy to sit back and think "Oh I know that...I can do that." But that's not doing, that's only thinking about doing.

Only Doing is Doing. If you have any fears of embarrassment, I can only say, "Well that's normal, that's to be expected." That's why I suggested that you rehearse or practice in a private space. Believe me when I tell you that there are major 'payoffs' for You if you do. As You practice Your self-confidence will grow more readily as the physical motions become familiar to you.

A Skill that initially feels strange or awkward will most likely feel familiar after several practice sessions.

There's an old saying: "Familiarity breeds Contempt" ...maybe in personal relationships, but familiarity breeds a different "C" word when learning Speaking Skills:

"Familiarity breeds Confidence".

See and be Seen.

We love Microphones. They simplify the challenge of delivering our message to the furthest reaches of the venue we're Speaking in. On the other hand, a Microphone affixed to a Lectern/Podium can limit our movement.

Technology has solved the issue of moving about. with wireless mic's that you can wear, and with wired & wireless mic's you can hand-hold. As with most technology, it comes with the need for guidance in using it properly, efficiently, effectively. This lesson demonstrates some ways to use microphones and some words of Caution.

After you arrive at an event, you'll probably be further advised by the event staff. If you have questions, ask. There are many types of microphones and no one is expected to be an 'expert' in all types.

Recently, I attended an event in Tokyo where one of the Speakers held the Mic under his chin whenever he spoke. Initially I expected to hear some audio distortion due to close proximity to his mouth. I was surprised when I didn't. Microphone technology and design continues to change. Experience says that the best location for most hand-held mic's is mid-chest area, but again, testing on-location is your best decision.

If you decide to purchase a microphone for your own use, the internet is a good resource for information. The trend I've witnessed in microphones is the introduction of more brands, more styles within a brand, and higher quality at lower prices. You might begin by looking at a local music store if one's available. Just keep in mind, they are dealing with musicians and you're a Speaker. The needs are different. Also, the sound of your voice coming from a set of speakers in a store will be affected by more than the microphone alone. It's produced by an electronic audio "chain" of equipment and they are not all equal.

The "Security of Sound" issue is real and you must recognize it, adapt to it, and prepare for it. Succinctly, "if you say it, you own it" and you own it forever. This is an issue to be taken seriously, as you know, and your future success and professional reputation could be irreparably damaged by your inattention to this.

The following link ( is on YouTube, although it's an audio-clip from a Radio Show hosted by Bill Bennett, former US Drug Czar, and Secretary of Education. It's been around the internet since he said it and will remain there, maybe forever. This is a potential trap waiting to catch...You?

Speaking offers numerous rewarding opportunities, but always be mindful of the pitfalls.

Using Microphones - friend or ?
The Middle.
4 Lectures 52:29

Want to take a trip? Are you starting from your current location? What's your final destination? Now with that information, get a Map and plan your journey. If you don't have a Map for this particular trip, Sketch your own Map on a piece of paper, maybe a large piece of paper...easier to see it that way.

Put a dot (•) on the left side of the paper. That's your current location. On the extreme right side put an x (⊗) to mark your destination, sometimes called your "goal". Now all you have to do is figure out the kind of trip you want to have.

How much time do you have to complete this trip. Is it a Quik-Trip or a longer Journey? The answer to that question will dictate the places you can visit between the beginning and the end and how long you can stay at each location. Keep in mind, even a brief trip can be made interesting with a little creative planning. But the luxury of more time translates into either more places to visit or more time spent exploring fewer places. Choices can be vexing to some but stimulating to others. Opt for stimulating.

The most direct route is not always the most satisfying or convincing. Look at your options. Carefully consider the surrounding terrain that you'll travel through. Often, little known gems are readily available and missed by many travelers. Pipestone National Monument in southwestern Minnesota comes to mind. Could be they're in too much of a rush. Or worse, no peripheral vision.

How specific do you want this Map? You could put in every last detail. You could also devise a detailed time schedule for the trip. I like the idea of "planned flexibility". It's convenient, pleasant, even worthwhile to respond to events as they present themselves, and you can with "planned flexibility".

In that vein of thinking, you might reap benefits if you over-prepare, even a little, for the trip. By investing slightly more energy and time into research, you will have at your finger-tips, alternative plans if you have to call upon them. Having but not needing the information is a better place to find yourself then the reverse. Well, now all I can say is,

Don't get lost on a Dead-end street, and Have a nice trip!

Write a Speech - a Simple Solution.

Your Voice is only one of the many tools you need to develop in order to become an effective Speaker. Is it the most important? I'm not sure it is... but I do feel it's one of the most important skills for you to spend time developing. And so this Lecture, is divided into 2 Parts.

BTW, rather then "Lectures" I prefer to call these training modules "Sessions". In the Workshops I teach, I never Lecture my Students. Rather, I introduce skills, demonstrate them, indicate how to incorporate them, discuss why they're worth using and then have the students up on their feet trying them out. Workshops are not Lecture-type classes. They're similar to on-the-job training where you learn by doing.

"I don't like the sound of my voice" is a personal opinion that some people hold. Frequently, after working with their voice and learning how to use it effectively, many Speakers-to-be change their opinion about the sound of their voice.

Do you carry tension in your neck-n-shoulders? You can Test for it easily:

  • Sit straight in a chair. Lower your chin to your chest. Is the back of your neck tight or stiff? Raise your head again.
  • Now, looking straight out, tilt your head towards one shoulder as if you could touch the top of your shoulder with your ear... not too far over. First one side then the other. Feeling tension or stiffness?
  • If so, add a couple of simple shoulder/neck exercises into your rehearsals. Shoulder rolls forward & backward. Head turns to the Right & Left. These can be done anywhere and should help you release the muscle tension. You can always search online for additional neck/shoulder exercises.

Your voice is uniquely yours and it separates you from other Speakers. By making adjustments to your posture, learning Better Breathing (Session #2), and reducing stress, you may hear your voice has changed when you listen to new recordings of it.

Read out loud! Read out loud, it's one of the best ways to help you help your voice.

"I Hate My Voice!" and other voice stuff: Pt #1

You & I can have an interesting Discussion while seated, but the way to practice or rehearse and improve the skills you're learning is best done when you're standing.

To practice using Silence, you don't need a stop-watch or even a wall clock. Simply place a mark that indicate's "Silence" in the speech, script, article, or book you're reading out loud. When you come to that mark, stop speaking and start counting silently. To begin with I'd count to from 1-5...slowely, than begin reading again. You should be recording your voice at this point. I use my smart phone for this, an iPhone 4s, and it works very well for me.

Read a few minutes before the Silence, count 1,2,3,4,5, then continue reading a few minutes after. Then listen to the whole reading. Question your results:

  • Was 1-5 long enough?
  • Did I read too fast?
  • Should I count to a higher number?
  • Do I feel comfortable with Silence when counting?
  • Can I see the Power of Silence?
  • Now, if you've come this far, don't give up prematurely, work with this skill until you master it.

A speedy delivery is frequently the result of the stress or anxiety you're holding. Generally it's in your neck & shoulders and it not only increases the speed of delivery but the pitch of your voice. Knowing that information should encourage you to practice these skills regularly. Why? Because...

One result of Practice is familiarity and with familiarity comes Confidence. One of my main goals in teaching "Performance of Speaking", the Physicality of Speaking, is to help you build-up your self-confidence in Public Speaking.

There are so many serious issues facing all of us, all cultures, and all countries. We need to hear from as many people as possible with as many unique ideas and solutions. You see,

It's not that any one person has "the Answers"...

It's that all together we have a better chance of discovering "the Answers."

"I Hate My Voice!" and other voice stuff: Pt #2

On this, the 1st Sunny day in Tokyo in a week, let's talk about: Comedy & Humor. It's generally built around exaggeration, absurdity, foolishness, farce, and satire among other qualities. But the appreciation of Comedy & Humor is generally based upon common backgrounds, shared experiences, and comparable world-views. Those experiences might be familiar to an entire nation or to one small pocket of people in one small town.

Your comic ability to amuse your family, friends and associates at social events may not travel well.

In any and every instance of Speech or Presentation preparation, consider first and foremost the Audience you'll be addressing. Then you can decide more definitively if your Comedy is appropriate for this event. Err on the side of Caution.

My one bit of advice regarding Comedy & Humor:

Comedy doesn't travel well. Travel light.

Comedy & Humor: a Conversation.
The End.
4 Lectures 48:21

"Public Speaking" includes many styles of delivering information, and Reading a Speech is one of them. At first glance, it seems to be the easiest method to use, as it requires little more then reading the words on a page.

"Where's the difficulty in that?" you ask. Well, the difficulty arises as the Speaker "reads". They did, after all, come to the event to hear a Speaker, not listen to a Reader. "Speaker" and "Reader" are not the same thing, neither is their product. But to be fair, there are bad Speakers and good Readers.

The goal of this Lesson is to promote Good Reading as a learnable skill for Speakers.

A reliable way to gain experience in "Reading a Speech" is to read out loud, a little bit every day. Read for 5-8 minutes from a magazine or news article online. This will improve your physical speaking pronunciation, increase your familiarity with your own voice, and focus your attention on your delivery.

Initially, some students discount this advice resulting in a protracted learning experience. I encourage you to include reading out loud into your rehearsal sessions. The benefits are tangible. You will become better, faster.

When you rehearse, rather than simply reading the words...say the words. Tell them to the audience as you would talk to a friend or acquaintance. You see, that's what turns "reading a speech" into a conversation with your audience.

You will sound "natural" and your impact on and resultant connection to your audience will be stronger.

I've included this link( ) to a Speech delivered by Jeff Bezos at Princeton U. It is an example of a "Read a Speech" style you often see. This result, from a successful well-known personality, can be skillfully avoided. His "Reading" is distracting. It's punctuated by too much head-bobbing & paper shuffling, and he's making very little audience connection. This is not a negative comment about Jeff Bezos. But it is an example of "Read a Speech" skills that need improvement. You know how to perform better. Now rehearse, practice your skills.

Prepare to be a Speaker, Practice as a Speaker, Deliver as a Friend.

How to Read A Speech Effectively.

Taking a quiet moment to calm yourself and focus your thoughts before beginning your Speech or Presentation is often a good decision. The time can be a brief minute or less. The space can be in a hallway, a quiet corner, backstage, a Restroom, or a waiting room.

Focus on the Reason you're here: the information you've brought for the Audience, and how lucky You are to be the one to tell them about it.

The majority of people, 60-70%, let their "Fear of Embarrassment" prevent them from ever experiencing the need for this Moment... but that didn't stop You. Congratulations. Taking a "Moment" to calm yourself and focus your thoughts prior to Speaking or Presenting is a Professional choice.

A quiet Moment: take it with Confidence.

Take a Private Moment.

I have always liked looking at the Van Gogh painting: Irises. Yet I never did see the original until I went to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Frankly, I was truly touched by the experience. Afterwards if I had seen a short video of a field of Irises, I wouldn't have been nearly affected even though it would have more clarity, sound, and movement.

Speaking is not a static experience. Clarity, sound, and movement do matter. Certainly clarity of message, trained verbal delivery, and Speaker movement at the front of the room can turn an average event into a engaging experience.

Movement isn't mandatory but I advise you to move when you can. We know movement isn't always possible as when you must stay at the Lectern/Podium because you must use the Microphone that's attached to it. Or because the event demands that you remain there. Nevertheless,

Movement when you can, adds a new dimension to your Presentation. It attracts attention. It's interesting, energetic, kinetic. Carry your notes as you move or leave them on the Lectern and glance down as you pass by. Alternatively, read from the Lectern, walk, return, read, and repeat...

Practice moving in your rehearsals and you may discover it's to your liking. It's one of those skills that's flexible and almost always has the benefit of increasing audience connection when incorporated into your Presentation.

Pacing back-n-forth is Movement without purpose. Here is a link to a James Lyne TED talk on Cybercrime where he never stops moving and I find it terribly distracting. ( ) He's an interesting Presenter, seems to know his subject, and yet here he exhibits a trait that we can avoid and should avoid with awareness and personal practice during our Rehearsals.

Let your script direct your Movements, move with a Purpose. Don't Pace.

Stage Movement: Walk & Talk made EZ.

In this Session, we look at 3 bits of information the Audience doesn't know... and doesn't need to know about You.

  1. The Audience doesn't need to know that you're a Beginning Speaker/Presenter. You gain nothing from this "honest revelation."
  2. They don't need to know, or want to know, how much hard work and how many long hours you put into the preparation of the Presentation. You're not a "victim" - you're a "Speaker."
  3. The Audience will never know that you "forgot" to include some information unless you tell them so. And for you the "Speaker", that's a case-by-case decision.

But while we're on this subject, what would the Audience like to "Know" about you?

Well, you're probably familiar with the wildly popular phrase: Know-Like-Trust. Entire books have been written about those 3 words and the sometimes difficult and time-consuming progression moving-up from one level to the next. Of course, the goal is to reach the position of Trust with family, friends, co-workers, potential clients, existing clients, and more. Essentially, anyone with whom you would like to build a reliable, truthful, beneficial relationship.

As a Speaker, you're usually not given much time to build a relationship with your Audience. So you've got to prepare for it in advance. Do you remember the main point from Lesson #4?

Begin your "Entrance" the moment you arrive at the Event location.

It makes sense now doesn't it? And of course, for You, the "Speaker" the Event may begin early. You may be given a half-hour or so before you deliver your Presentation to meet Audience members, people waiting around for the event to begin. This is a good opportunity for you.

Take advantage of it as it's one more opportunity to strengthen the Know & Like concepts. The feeling of Trust may easily take the entire time you're allotted, and realistically, that might not be enough time for some people in your Audience. That's OK, Trust takes time, and too, You rarely win the Support of everyone at an event. That would be an unrealistic expectation, but you certainly begin at the beginning and reinforce at every opportunity.

Only Tell the Audience information they Need-to-know.

3 things your Audience doesn't need to know.
It's a Wrap!
2 Lectures 26:28

The "Performance of Speaking" skills help you deliver your speech or presentation easily, smoothly, authentically, and Professionally. You Practice them because you want to feel confident and comfortable when using them. The result will allow you to concentrate on the Audience rather then on yourself.

I divided the skills into separate learning modules, while in fact you will use them together. Integration of the skills will develop naturally for you through practice, through rehearsal.

The concept of "Perfect" is a barrier that is often self-erected. I'm telling you that there is no "Perfect Speaker". Any Speaker may experience a "Perfect" Event, a "Perfect" moment where all aspects click into place. Reality is simply reality: you'll have good experiences, so-so experiences, bad ones and great ones. It is after all ...Life.

Watch this TED event video to see the skillful use of Notecards.

As you refine and improve your skills, your "Stage Presence", you will buildup your self confidence, your self-esteem. As that happens a natural result is the willingness to take more risks, to try new ideas, to test a concept you saw another Speaker use. Yes it's acceptable to 'borrow' a skill or technique from another Speaker. Just keep in mind it may not work as well for you, or, it may work better for you than for him/her.

Make a friend of any Event Organizer you work with. The day of the Event is your time to shine. They will in most cases be very busy that day, but you can assist the organizer by being flexible, adaptable, non-confrontational, and most of all: Prepared. Develop a good reputation and you'll get more invitations to participate in future events.

Help the Organizer produce a successful event, and you've made a friend.

It's a Wrap Pt.1

Notes are not little paragraphs.

Notes are Guide Posts, bits of information to stimulate your memory.

Noting a "Quote" or a phrase is OK. Restrain from writing entire sentences which will require Reading. Again, Reading is an audience disconnect and you should attempt to avoid that unless it's necessary. You are, after all, a Speaker, not a Reader.

Electronic Notepads/Tablets can in fact be used for Speeches and Presentations. Here's an inspiring example. Enjoy. In action, a tablet at TED X.

Udemy provides you with an email connection to me. Have a concern, question, problem re: Speaking? Ask me.

The Skills will help you become the best Speaker you can be.

It's a Wrap Pt.2
The Way Forward.
1 Lecture 15:03

~~ Epilogue ~~

The time you've invested from the very first lesson to this point, the end of the Performance of Speaking Sessons, is actually just the Beginning of your Speaker's journey.

  • Practice & Rehearsal leads to Familiarity ➔
  • Familiarity builds Competence ➔
  • Competence generates Confidence.

Familiarity will only lead to Confidence through the practical application of the skills that you've learned in the Course. It's the physical incorporation by you that produces the results that are not obtainable simple by reading or watching. They may be beneficial but they are passive activities.

Use the skills now...they don't have to be refined or polished. That will develop through repeated use.

If your situation does not now offer an opportunity for Public Speaking, search for an opportunity in your company, your own business, the community or your school.

VolunteerMatch is an good connector to volunteer opportunities. Use it's extensive research database.

The skills and techniques you've been introduced to in this Course can be a foundation for the Speaker you will become. Speaking opens doors to new opportunities, a chance to create your chosen future.

Enjoy the Journey.

Tom j Dolan

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Tom j Dolan
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Anxiety, embarrassment, fear, stage fright: it seems like whatever you call it, most people are affected by it.

For much of my early life I struggled with the fear of embarrassing myself in front of other people: High School, University, and always, social situations. Then through a curiosity of life, I found myself with the opportunity to work in media in Los Angeles. It was difficult at first because the old feelings of embarrassment came with me wherever I went.

But I challenged myself, and with trial-&-error, time & experience, I learned to manage my anxiety and work effectively in spite of it. I've worked professionally in Media, in both America & Japan: TV, Videos, Films, Event Host, VoiceOver, and I'm a long-time member of the American Entertainment union: SAG-AFTRA.

I do believe there is an anxiety, nervousness, or stage-fright that prevents most people from speaking or participating in public events. There are reasons, but I no longer accept the generic phrase "Fear of Speaking" as the reason.

To help other people overcome their anxiety or embarrassment, I developed the "Performance of Speaking" Workshops. This is a program where participants learn the practical & proven Skills needed to become a confident Speaker, Advocator, Educator, and best of all, a Participator in Group & Public events of all kinds.

This Course is based on my personal real-world learning experiences, earned over 25 years working in high-pressure Media in both Hollywood & Tokyo, combined with the practical experience of teaching College Extension courses, and Coaching private clients in the US & Japan.

We all know that confident Speaking is Key to attracting attention, generating opportunity, expanding personal & professional Networks, and demonstrating Leadership.

If you're ready to learn to Speak for yourself, to present your own Solutions, Opinions, and Ideas, then this course, modeled after my Workshops, is for you. It will help you accomplish your speaking & confidence goals in a practical, skillful, and enjoyable online Course.

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