Public Speaking Tips from the Trenches

Written by Susan Dunn

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9. Someone inrepparttar audience is trying to upstage you.

SOLUTION: Immediately address their need to be acknowledged and get attention. Ignoring them will only make it worse. Say, "Did you say you taught Learning Theory in a college? [yes] Well then I hope you'll stay right with me here so you can help us all learn a little more. Did you have a comment onrepparttar 124456 last point I made?" Often people like this are insensitive, so if you have to simply cut them off at some point, do so, and know that everyone else inrepparttar 124457 audience knows thatís going on and is grateful.

10. Someone inrepparttar 124458 audience tells you you can't tell them what you just said, or "That won't work with me/on me." This tends to come up in self-help lectures.

SOLUTION: You don't have an enemy; you have your best ally! Agree with him, because he's right (and has just made your point for you).

You can't make someone's life better until they realize they're in pain and are motivated enough to be willing to change some behaviors, and thinking is a behavior, i.e., you can't change someone else's way of thinking, because that's totally under their own control. This isrepparttar 124459 point, and theyíve just made it for you. If you use your emotional intelligence, most 'hostile' comments fromrepparttar 124460 audience are entry points for you to drive home your point. Be gentle and know what's going on is transparent to most inrepparttar 124461 audience. 11. Never take things personally. Anything can happen.

TIP: Attend as many presentations as you can, and I particularly recommend Board meetings, as they can be unbelievably obstreperous.

If Iím a good speaker at all, itís because of my years as a fundraiser onrepparttar 124462 non-profit circuit, where I listened to speeches and attended board meetings and church services continually.

Iíve seen it all happen -- whenrepparttar 124463 co-presenter didnít show up, whenrepparttar 124464 co-speakers collided with each other on stage and fell down, whenrepparttar 124465 minister had an epileptic seizure (freezing) inrepparttar 124466 middle of a sermon, when a mental patient climbed up on stage withrepparttar 124467 speaker, and whenrepparttar 124468 chairman of Southwestern Bell was reading a speech and abruptly said, with no change in his tone of voice, ďOh, I guess that wasrepparttar 124469 end. Thatísrepparttar 124470 end of this speech.Ē

Watching howrepparttar 124471 many pros I witnessed handledrepparttar 124472 many unpredictable things that can happen was invaluable. Theyíll give you allrepparttar 124473 phrases you need, model professional aplomb, and occasionally give you a very bad example of what never to say and do that you can also learn from.

Most of all, youíll realize that when youíre MCing a fashion show, andrepparttar 124474 entire runway collapses in front of you Ö it isnít you!

Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach, offers coaching, Internet courses and ebooks for your personal and professional development. Visit her on the web at and for FREE ezine, FREE Strengths course, please specify in subject line.

How to Pitch a Story to the News Media

Written by Jean Hanson

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4. Is there a time element or deadline? Give them plenty of time Ė generally 6 to 8 weeks.

5. Include your contact information, phone number, email, fax, and when youíre available.

6. If itís a smaller publication, include photos. Or, if you have an idea for a visual, include that too.

7. You can submit by either email or snail mail. Iíve sent story ideas to different newspapers via email and received responses to most. 8. Follow up with a phone call about one to two weeks later.

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