Canadian Music Week, Billboard Music & Money, Jazz Appreciation Month, Spotlight March Calendar for Show Business EventsWritten by Actorschecklist
Cinequest Film Festival opens with a Gala party featuring appetizers, desserts, cocktails and entertainment, and continues its run through March 13 in San Jose. During Canadian Music Week, up to 150 artists will be selected to play in CMW's Official Breakthrough Showcase Series in selected downtown Toronto venues through March 5. The 4th Annual Billboard Music & Money Symposium conducts an in-depth examination of financial realities in music industry for a one-time only March 3 session in New York City. The Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees host a press conference for its upcoming awards show on March 3 in Nashville. Alameda Writers Group which presents lectures by novelists, screenwriters, agents, producers and other industry professionals, besides offering support and feedback for works-in-progress, has its free monthly meeting March 5 at Glendale Central Library in Glendale. A weekend workshop for actors of all experience and capability with instructor Kirk Baltz takes place March 5 and 6 in Los Angeles. An Audition Science Seminar at Burt Reynold's Museum located in Jupiter, will be held March 6-8. A BMI Round Table examines how Nashville music industry operates, as well as other topics, when it meets March 7 in Nashville. UCLA-WINMEC Mobile Media/Entertainment Forum hosts professionals from Hollywood’s entertainment and media industry analyzing Mobile/Wireless proliferation. The RockstarImage.com Seminar features author, speaker, and image coach John Battaglia for evening of March 8. National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters 21st Annual Communications Awards Dinner honors Michael Schultz, Melvin Van Peebles, Vanessa Williams and others at a March 11 engagement in Washington, DC. The International
11 Speaking Tips to Gain Comfort in any Presentation!Written by Dianne Legro
A conversation, a sales meeting, a board meeting, an interview, a courtroom case... all are special situations which require you to communicate clearly, drive action and create result you want. You can learn skills to engineer outcome, make most of your opportunities, gain respect, and advance your career.
Here are eleven tips to practice that will help you feel powerful and authentic, and will help you be perceived as a person of authority and trust:
1.Create a shared point of view. It is very important when addressing an individual or a group of people that you establish an immediate connection between you and them by leading with your shared point of view. Why are you all in same room together? What unites you? Speak to this by using “I-YOU-WE” words and phrases as much as you can.
2.Don’t speak until you have taken one full deep breath. During that time, look out at your audience and find a face to connect with for four seconds. Then broaden your gaze to include everyone, take a second breath and begin.
3.Create a powerful opening. The first 30 seconds are most important to success of your talk. Use a quote, such as: “When you are going through hell, keep going” (Winston Churchill); “They were best of times, they were worst of times. They were times that tried men’s souls” (Charles Dickens). Use words of a song. Ask a question. State a startling fact. Your job at top of speech or conversation is to get their attention.
4.Before you give your speech, get an amusing anecdote from your audience. “Folks, I looked at bowling scores from your event last night. Where’s Bob Carruthers, is he here? Bob, do you really work here or did they bring you in as a ringer? I’m scared of you!” When you incorporate this into your speech it is another “I –YOU- WE” moment and creates trust that you care enough about them to know what is going on that day.