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Incorporate Humor in Your Next Speech
Some speakers say, "I could never use humor in my speech; I just don't feel comfortable with it."† I believe that anyone can use humor and that it is a valuable tool in speaking.† Appropriate humor relaxes an audience and makes it feel more comfortable with you as the speaker; humor can bring attention to the point you are making; and humor will help the audience better remember your point.† It can break down barriers so that the audience is more receptive to your ideas.† †First, let me make it easy for you to use humor.† The best and most comfortable place to find humor for a speech is from your own personal experience.† Think back on an embarrassing moment that you might have thought not funny at the time.† Now that you can laugh at the experience, you understand the old adage "Humor is simply tragedy separated by time and space."† Or think of a conversation that was funny.† Remember the punch line and use it in your speech.† Probably the least risky use of humor is a cartoon.† The cartoon is separate from you and if people don't laugh, you don't feel responsible.† (Be sure to secure permission to use it.)† You're not trying to be a comedian; you just want to make it easy for people to pay attention and to help them remember your point.†Here are some suggestions on using humor to make your next speech have more impact.† †1.† Make sure the humor is funny to you.† If you don't laugh or smile at the cartoon, joke, pun, one-liner, story, or other forms of humor, then you certainly cannot expect an audience to do so.† A key to using humor is only using humor that makes you laugh or smile.† †2.† Before using humor in your speech, try it out with small groups of people.† Do they seem to enjoy it?† Even if your experimental group does not laugh or smile initially, don't give up on the humor, because the problem might be in the way you are delivering the joke or quip.† I often use this line in talking about the importance of listening.† "We are †
Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP, is a professor of speech communication at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky.† He works with organizations that want to speak and listen more effectively to increase personal and professional performance.†† He can be reached at 800-727-6520 or visit http://www.sboyd.com for free articles and resources to improve your communication skills.
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5 Breakthrough Marketing Ideas
Do you ever get frustrated with your marketing? Are you putting in a lot of effort but not getting the results you want? Don't you wish you could just hit a switch and get a better response from your mailings, sales calls and web site?You hear a lot about breakthroughs; is it all hype, or can you really create a breakthrough in your marketing and sales? I know that you can.I spent last weekend skiing in Vermont with my spouse, nephew and his finance Sonia.
Projector Hire - Choosing the Right One for Your Presentation
Calling a projector hire company will often get you confused as they ask:What lumens do you need? (Lumens is the brightness of the projector)What resolution do you need? (Resolution is the number of pixels at which the display device does not have to expand or compress the input signal)What type: install, desktop or portable? (Install projectors tend to be larger and heavier, desktop ones are small and light and portable are somewhere in between!)What you should ask yourself are the following simple questions: How many people will need to see the projected image?A 1000 lumens projector will usually be sufficient for a smaller meeting - up to 20 people. 2000 lumens is better.
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Steps to a Successful Audience/Trainer Relationship
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1,000,001 Reasons To Connect With Your Audience
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Handling Questions with Authority
At some point in your presentation you will be expected to answer questions from your audience. They might have some burning questions that need to be answered before they buy into your message.
Special Delivery! Tips for Improving Your Humor
Delivering humorous speeches involves a lot more than simply having good material. Take some time to incorporate these tips into your presentations and watch the fun and laughter factors rise.
Group Meetings: Being Prepared Makes a Difference
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Move Key Audiences to Actions You Want
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Ancient PowerPoint Secrets: Ask Your Grandma!
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How to Chair a Meeting
You don't have to be on a stage to be a public speaker. Your platform may be a meeting room.
Improve Your Bottom Line with What You Say
When was the last time you thought about what you were actually saying to potential clients? Are you closing the deal more often than not? Or maybe it's time to revamp your elevator speech or introduction.Remember potential clients do not want to hear statistics about you and your company; they want to know how your product or service will benefit them and make their life easier.
How to Convert PowerPoint to Flash Manually
Converting PowerPoint to Flash would be absolutely a good choice to distribute your bulky PowerPoint Presentation. You can do the whole PowerPoint-to-Flash conversion manually or by related softwares.
I Love the Smell of PowerPoint in the Morning: The 5 Sensory Approach to Business Presentations
You're in a conference room. You're giving a PowerPoint presentation to several of your colleagues.
How to Begin a Lesson Plan
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Presentation Pitfalls Series: Top 10 Content Mangement Mistakes
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Create A Better Impresion With Your Emails
How do you come across in your emails?As I receive more and more requests forassistance by email, I also get more and morepoorly worded or badly formatted emails.When you ask someone for help, or approachthem for the first time, you will get a muchbetter response if you word your initial contact carefully.
Creating a Powerful Sales Presentation
The quality of your sales presentation will often determine whether a prospect buys from you or one of your competitors. However, experience has taught me that most presentations lack pizzazz and are seldom compelling enough to motivate the other person to make a buying decision.
Powerpoint Sales Presentations Are Boring - Stop It!
As the meeting began, the project manager of the buying committee told me that the key decision-maker would miss the first 20 minutes or so of my presentation. This was a very competitive sale that I was working on at the time.
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