We are always excited about helping professionals speak better. You are likely aware that we have recently concluded two offerings of our Speech Class Refresher workshop. That is not the only way that we help. Here are two more:
If you would like intensive micro-skill practice that will greatly improve your performance as a speaker, we offer a 2-day program entitled “Speak Up! Speak Out! Say It Well! This program is limited to six participants You will practice each skill, then immediately, receive coaching on video with one of us. We have taught this in major companies, including TXU Energy, L-3 Communications, Resource One Credit Union, Nokia, and Dr Pepper / Snapple Group. We will guarantee that you will see dramatic improvement. Our next public offering of this program is contingent upon the interest we receive. Please let us know if you would like to do this, and we will get back with you about potential dates, and answer any logistical questions you may have.
If you have an intact presentation that you would like us to give you intensive coaching for, we are able to do that for you. This is particularly useful if this presentation is one that you give regularly, or that you are about to give in the very near future. The coaching session is one-half day, to allow for several trials, and also some start-stop repetition to allow you to master some specific skills. We also record the speech, and review it with you during the session. In addition, if you would like us to attend an actual presentation that you will give for a live audience, record it, and provide you with feedback afterwards, we are glad to do so. Please note that we are unable to offer the attendance option if you have not completed the coaching session with one of us first. Let us know of your interest in this.
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Storytelling is a major part of a speaker’s toolkit, and that is what the participants in The Speech Class Refresher program learned yesterday at Resource One Credit Union. You can see the participants below, along with myself and Randy Mayeux, from Creative Communication Network.
There are several reasons that stories are so important for speakers to develop and include in every presentation:
- They are memorable. You may long forget who said it, when, what for, or anything else, but you never forget the story itself.
- They are editable. You can make a story as short or long as you wish, by including or excluding details.
- They are conversational. You don’t need notes to tell a story. In most cases, you are the only person who knows the story! Just talk. Tell it like you would to a friend.
These are the stories we used yesterday, each between 90 seconds and 3 minutes.
- “The best time I ever had….”
- “The time I was most surprised…”
- “My most embarrassing moment….”
- “Something I wish I could do over is…”
All the participants did well, and we heard some great stories!
Do you have a “signature” story? Do you use it when you speak? If not, you are omitting one of the most powerful tools available to you. The great news is that you already have it! Just call it up and use it. You will do yourself and your audience a great favor.