Ron Sathoff's Speaker TipsWritten by Ron Sathoff
It seems like a lot of old public speaking books seem to believe in strategy of telling audience a joke at beginning of a speech in order to break 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 with 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.
SOME TIME SAVERS #2Written by Dr. Donald E. Wetmore
In my Time Management seminars, which I have conducted for more than 100,000 people from around globe, I show people how to get more done in less time, with less stress; to help them have more time for 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 and quality of your life.
Here are five of 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 eliminate 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 in date and time it occurred, who brought it to you, a word or two about what it related to, length of time it took, and finally 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 evaluate results and take action to eliminate some of 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 do next day and with each item ask yourself, "Is this 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