Ron Sathoff's Speaker Tips

Written by Ron Sathoff

It seems like a lot of old public speaking books seem to believe inrepparttar strategy of tellingrepparttar 102102 audience a joke atrepparttar 102103 beginning of a speech in order to breakrepparttar 102104 ice.

That isn't a bad idea, but it won't work if you JUST tell a joke. Rather, make sure that your joke (or story, or example) fits in withrepparttar 102105 topic of your speech. It's my belief that speeches should be unified from beginning to end. That means that everything should relate to your main point.

In other words, if you use a joke or story, use one that will introduce your topic and main point. This kind of joke will be much more powerful than one that is just funny.


Written by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore

In my Time Management seminars, which I have conducted for more than 100,000 people from aroundrepparttar globe, I show people how to get more done in less time, with less stress; to help them have more time forrepparttar 102101 things they want to do in their work and personal lives.

If you can recapture a wasted hour here and there and redirect it to a more productive use, you can make great increases in your daily productivity andrepparttar 102102 quality of your life.

Here are five ofrepparttar 102103 many techniques I share in our Time Management seminars, each one of which will help you to get at least one more hour out of your day for additional productive time.

1. Run an Interruptions Log The average person gets 50 interruptions a day. The average interruption takes five minutes. Some five hours each day are spent dealing with interruptions. Many are crucial and important and are what we are paid to do but many have little or no value. Run an Interruptions Log to identify and eliminaterepparttar 102104 wasteful interruptions. Just use a pad of paper and label it "Interruptions Log" Create six columns: Date, Time, Who, What, Length, Rating. After each interruption is dealt with, log inrepparttar 102105 date and time it occurred, who brought it to you, a word or two about what it related to,repparttar 102106 length of time it took, and finallyrepparttar 102107 rating of its importance: A=crucial, B=important, C=little value, and D=no value. Run it for a week or more to get a good measure of what is happening in your life. Then evaluaterepparttar 102108 results and take action to eliminate some ofrepparttar 102109 C and D interruptions that have little or no value. 2. Delegate It We all have 168 hours each week and when you subtract 56 hours for sleep and another 10 hours for personal care, that doesn't leave a whole lot of time to get done what needs to be done. Delegation permits you to leverage your time through others and thereby increase your own results. The hardest part of delegation though, is simply letting go. We take great pride in doing things ourselves. "If you want a job done well, you better do it yourself". Every night in Daily Planning, look at all that you have to do and want to dorepparttar 102110 next day and with each item ask yourself, "Is thisrepparttar 102111 best use of my time?" If it is, do it. If it isn't, try to arrange a way to delegate it to someone else. There is a lot of difference between "I do

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