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SpeakersTrainingCamp® Pays Tribute to Zig Ziglar
January 3, 2013 – 9:37 pm | Comments Off on SpeakersTrainingCamp® Pays Tribute to Zig Ziglar

I have to be honest. My first impression of Zig Ziglar was not great. I saw him at a live stadium event 30 years ago, and initially he seemed to be an over-cooked preacher. Some of his antics seemed rehearsed and contrived – like kneeling on one knee when he made a major point. Half-way through his speech, my ideas changed. His Southern accent started to ooze sincerity; his stories were authentic; and his how-to tips were right on target. His old-school methods worked and skyrocketed him to the top of motivational magic. The crowd was mesmerized – you can’t argue with that. The World lost a legend in 2012. There will never be another Zig. Many lessons are to be learned.

Here are some Zig Ziglar techniques you can use in your next presentations:

1.Use stories – your own stories
Zig liked to talk about “the redhead” – this was how he lovingly referred to his wife. He was also known for his rags to riches sales stories. He painted the pictures perfectly.

2.Creat moments
Develop strong messages in your presentations by using “alert phrases” – ….my message today is….. if you remember just one thing from my presentation….. here’s the bottom line….. When you use “alert phrases” people will really pay attention.

3. Use vocal impact
Zig was a master of vocal inflection, pauses, and volume changes. Think about your voice having various dials that can create interest in your message.

The SpeakersTrainingCamp® applauds Zig. He brought big-time speaking techniques to the masses.

Here’s the official Zig Ziglar tribute video with some great quotes. Enjoy!

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Speakers Training Camp Fall sessions
August 20, 2012 – 1:38 pm | Comments Off on Speakers Training Camp Fall sessions

I’m very excited about our Fall line-up of Speakers Training Camp workshops. Here are the upcoming dates:

Speakers Training Camp Instructor Certification: September 11-12-13, Hood River, Oregon

Speakers Training Camp public workshop: October 9-10, Portland, Oregon (space is limited)

On-Site training: two-day, one-day, and half-day sessions (call for availability)

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March 26, 2012 – 4:44 pm | Comments Off on

Wake up, presenters, and really “see” your audience. A few days ago a friend reported on a three-day seminar that she attended. The instructor was knowledgeable and nice, but her main complaint was that the instructor seemed blind to the needs of the audience. She did not “see” that some people were struggling with the material, she did not “see” that some people were physically exhausted from constant repetition. If the audience has any type of conflicting thoughts, they will not fully absorb the material. If you are a presenter, be sure to “read” your audience. If you are struggling to notice how they are receiving your information, just ask. Here are some great lead-in questions:

1. Does this make sense?
2. Are you with me?
3. Do you need a break?
4. Have you had enough, or can we go on?
5. How’s everyone doing?
6. If I’m going too fast, or if there’s something you don’t understand, would you please stop me?

Just remember, you don’t want to just look at the audience with good eye contact, you actually want to “see” how they are doing. When you do that, your listeners will maximize their experience.

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Speech Advice to Kate from the SpeakersTrainingCamp®
March 19, 2012 – 11:39 am | Comments Off on Speech Advice to Kate from the SpeakersTrainingCamp®

Oh Kate! Please do not read your speech. You are way too youthful, energetic, talented, and bright…. instead, use the SpeakersTrainingCamp® techniques of speaking from your heart. Yes, this was her first speech, she was nervous, and unsure of herself, but instead of reading, I suggest that she put her thoughts into a few key words on a really nice, sturdy 8×10″ card. It would contain key words that would trigger her thoughts in a conversational way. It would look something like this:

Welcome

Honored to be here

William – miss him

Teamwork

That’s it. See how easy that would be? Glance down at your card, and then deliver your message from your heart with eyes looking directly at members of your audience.

Please call or email & I will be glad to help!

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Stage Fright Tips for Adele
February 13, 2012 – 11:02 am | Comments Off on Stage Fright Tips for Adele

Adele carried an armful of Grammy awards late Sunday night, but her stage fright will go on….. unless she decides to change it. It’s always been amazing to me that even the most famous people, doing what they do best, can suffer from debilitating stage fright: Barbara Streisand, Johnny Carson, Carol King (just to name a few). It has even shortened many careers. Adele’s stage fright has been labeled as “crippling”. That’s no fun, so I’m offering some advice – which also applies to speakers and presenters.

When asked on the 60 Minutes news show why she was so scared, Adele replied that she didn’t think she was good enough and that she did not want to disappoint the audience. As I said, she needs to decide to change her thoughts. Instead of concentrating on her own feelings and worrying about the audience, she needs to flip the record over and concentrate on those Grammys she received for being so outstanding and visualize the longest standing ovation I’ve ever seen on the show. In order for this change of emotions, she needs to visualize the ovation and rehearse positive affirmations daily. An example would be: “This is really fun. I love watching the audience enjoy my music. I’m really good at this.” I give the same advice to the presenters coming through the SpeakersTrainingCamp. In order to really change your thoughts and emotions, practice the positive side of the record.

How often does someone need to rehearse the positive? Several times daily, both words and visualizations, for at least 21 days in a row. Every time that negative thought creeps into your head, flip the record over and concentrate on the positive. Many people have to work on this for the long-term, but the payoff is huge.

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