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Entries in speaking (12)

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

Sunday
Nov302014

Your Speaking Velocity

Here's a simple concept that will serve you well when speaking to groups.
What's your speaking velocity, does it match who you really are, and are you aware of all that it can do for you?

It's important for your audience to believe in you, that you are who they see. No one likes to be fooled or think they're being fooled, so being true to who you are when making a presentation, matters. 

Your speaking velocity is how fast or slow you speak. Too fast, and your audience can't follow. Too slow, and they'll wander. Right?

Well, maybe not so fast.

I believe what matters most is the matching -  specifically your ability to take your speaking velocity and pair it with the visual. Your gait, your gestures, your body language - do they all work well together? Or are you imtating or changing it when you get onstage?

It's important to start with the real you, using your everyday cadence and velocity - this brings believability to you as a speaker. Let them hear it, let them trust that you are real and genuine. That needs to be the foundation. 

Once you've established that truth with them, that you are who you appear to be -- you can start changing the velocity to pull them in, or rein them back out - create suspense, surprise, joy and amusement.

So, start naturally to establish trust, then use varying velocities to tell your story and to take your audience on a ride with you creating memorable moments. 

What you don't want to "wear a pair of mismatches socks" onstage - bring the matching pair, let them see and hear it, THEN you can a little crazy!