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Entries in professional speaking (7)

Friday
Mar132015

A Speaking Rhythm - do you know yours?

Here's a concept for you to consider if you, or someone you know, is dying in front of their audience. It's what I've learned on my job.

Your ‪#‎Speaking‬ Rhythm is the cycle rate of your delivery and rest. Without the rest, you're out of rhythm. No rest = no audience connection.

An example of this is when you're in the audience and the speaker is going 100 miles an hour. The words, meaning, thought and emotion are only blowing one way - to you in the audience. There's no room (rest) for you to give any of it back to the speaker, there's no time for meaningful interpretation by you- the result is you don't "feel" anything, connection wise.

The other side is when the audience is doing all the pushing, with little or no "love" back from the speaker. They're resting way too long.

You have to ask yourself ,if YOU'RE the speaker, "Am I giving pause, giving rest - so that the words I'm saying can mean something to the audience?"

Getting and staying in rhythm - and this rhythm can and should speed up and slow down - is very important in connecting.

 

Here's a fabulous example of being "in rhythm" - one of the best speakers and a member of the Speakers Hall of Fame.

 

 
Tuesday
Feb102015

Speakers, step into the Speaking Red Zone!

You can be an ordinary speaker, or you can stand out.

Making a lasting audience connection doesn't mean you stood on a stage, they listened, then clapped for you when you finished.

I know because I've been immersed and submerged into producing, shooting, editing, directing talent and speakers for over 30 years. I know what connects them to their audience - and I help them do it when asked.

You can't just stand on that stage and expect them to listen. It doesn't work that way.

One of the ways to connect in a BIG way, is to step into the Speaking Red Zone. It's where you can score! It's that area between the stage and the back reaches of an audience, a place where for some reason, most speakers are afraid to go.

It's like they're afriad there's a trap door out there somewhere - one step,  and they think they'll be gone forever. Well, I know the real reason they don't do it. It's that they've been taught not to.

A speaker that wants to connect puts the focus on THEM (the audience) and not themselves. A speaker that wants to connect should be DIVING into that Red Zone. It's closeness, it's power and it's 2-way love.

There is no line, no wall that separates a speaker from the audience. Get into that Zone - and when you do, commit to pulling in every single person in that audience.

Rob "Waldo" Waldman is a member of the Speakers Hall of Fame and understands about commiting - about getting and staying in that Red Zone with his audience. Here's a clip from his YouTube channel - a clip I shot of him here in the Dallas area that should prove to you that what you've been taught is wrong. It's OK to walk past them if you're continuing to engage with them - as long as you're in their ZONE.

Do this as well - I want you to pay attention to the little things in this clip that help solidify the connections he's making. Look for the physical connection Rob makes. The handshake. There's humor. The language he uses - words like "passion" - emotional evocative language, words that mean something personally, like "dad" and "children", "love", "kids" and more. Listen to the visualization techniques. Also, the short and strong sentence construction is important because it makes for an easy and fast focus for the audience.

He does all of that, in the Speaking Red Zone, in a very short amount of time. It's a wonderful confluence of connecting techniques.

Here's the clip.

Tuesday
Dec302014

Connecting the physical to your speaking

I talk some on Twitter about "speaking velocity" - and the importance of your speaking rate of delivery (speed) matching your physical speed, or approach.

This picture is from a recent video shoot I did. I love how this image speaks to the idea of physically leading a room. Now, we can't tell if her speaking velocity matches her physical approach from just this image, but if it does, you can bet this lady CONNECTS powerfully with her audience.

When you match your speaking velocity with your physical velocity, magic can happen. When it doesn't happen, the usual causes are nervousness and insecurity. In my book, The Inside-Out Speaker, I talk about the importance of working to eliminate those insecurities. If you can get to that "place," and for a lot of people that's not easy (myself included!) -- then your intuitive emotional and leading qualities can more readily surface.

Connecting the Physical to Your Speaking

Friday
Mar212014

"Mother May I? Yes, You May" - Be an Inside-Out Speaker

Hey you! Yeah, you.

So you want to do a better job os speaking (connecting) to your audience - big or small? Then I say, give yourself "permission" to be yourself.

You're letting the fear swallow you up - and the self-doubting. I see it all the time in my work. Heck, I'm guilty of it too.


You think you have to be that awesome speaker you saw last month, or the guy or girl that's getting all the great projects back at work. You think they have something you don't. Then, more doubting -- "These people aren't going to like me, I'm not good enough." "Why are they going to listen to me, they don't know me."

Your fears are feeding on your insecurities, and your insecurities build off these fears. I talk about this in the book, calling out those insecurities and writing out role-plays.

I do it because I want you to be able to identify them, so you can eliminate them. Once you start doing that - eliminating them - it all becomes easier, and everything that you're working for begins to appear.

Your voice and tenor (presence) becomes stronger; your "speaking fog" clears - you're more on-point and you become a better listener. And once you start becoming a better listener - those "magic connections" with the audience happen.

I see it happening for me right now as I put myself out there, and I've seen it for years in my work as a creative services provider; directing, producing, shooting, editing and more with amateurs and professionals.

Find out what your insecurities are, then work on eliminating them. You'll be working your way through Step One of my 4 Step Plan if you do -- and be on your way to realizing your goals.

Pick up your copy of "The Inside-Out Speaker" here.


Legend Media Producers is a Dallas video production and producer services company that works independently as well as aligning strategically with other video production companies. In addition, marketing and digital technology companies seek out Legend Media Producers  to add value for their clients. With active customers on both coasts, local clients as well as a strategic partnership - Legend Media Producers has positioned itself to be a quality high definition video provider to businesses and individuals alike. Smartphone to satellite, we provide video production planning, production and post.  Based in Dallas, Texas