Killer Executive Speeches From The Podium

Lets face it….most of you are terrified to deliver a REALLY good speech! I might even say you “suck” when it comes to delivering a message that matters. And you will continue to do this with consistency, because you are letting your fear control you. And it will continue to do so.

So deal with it and CHANGE! You know your material…and you probably know most of the people in your audience. They probably are not going to lynch you if what you present is boring….but it won’t bring the results you are looking for…as usual.

So develop a game plan. Become a “gamer” like most of the younger Millenials do and have a strategy. Open with a sentence that literally grabs them, such as…”No one wants to be called a LOSER!” or “The only difference  between a rut and a grave is how deep you dig it!” That later one is of course Samuel Clemens “Mark Twain” making another incredible rational thought…put into words…like only he could.

Be creative, be free…be spontaneous. Share something from your childhood and choose a scenario that others can relate to. It might even be embarassing, but you probably learned from it…didn’t you? The more  people can relate to you, the more they will listen and that’s  the key component.

And of course PRACTICE your opening, and your closing. Your content should be  filled with worthy information…but most people begin  to “fade” after 3  to 7 seconds. So make it count. Mix it up and bring levity to it. Take a deep breath throughout your presentation, just to calm yourself. Make it brief and to the point and of course with a call to action!

Jerry Seinfeld says he will take an 8 sentence joke and bring it down to 3 or 4, because that gets THE BEST RESPONSE!

Take it from these pro’s.

Remember your’e worth it…seriously!imgres-1

Why would people rather be in a coffin instead of giving the eulogy?

Since PUBLIC SPEAKING STILL remains the #1 fear people have…Jerry Seinfeld simply said that headline sentence best! He builds it into his presentations with confidence…because that’s what he has! Many of us are not talented as him.

But for those WHO DO hate public speaking more than death…we CAN choose to take control of this fear, instead of it controlling us!

It has been proven that ALL fears can be handled and adapted to with time. You choose when and where. How critically important is it to your life to make this change and control this fear? By controlling it,… will you have more self confidence? How about better job security and respect within your work environment? These two statements alone, justify how critically important it is…that YOU choose to take the next steps.

Start by writing down your fears and what will happen to you when  you address and specifically tackle this fear. Most of your colleagues will not chastise you OR humiliate you.They probably will give you words of encouragement and state that “they’re glad they  did not have to do what you just did!”

So you do have to “name it to claim it!” By acknowledging the fear, you’ve taken the first big step in controlling it. Next you have to take the baby steps of preparing your presentation by standing in front of a mirror and presenting it to yourself. Then do it a 2nd & 3rd time…but with credibility. Each time, create something different about your presentation.

Put a pause in where it would benefit a point you need to make. Only make the pause a second or two. This technique gives your presentation impact. And only practice allows you to deliver it with clout! Remember…”think you can…think you can’t…either way you are right!”

And the acronym for FEAR is F.alse E.xpectations A.ppearing R.eal. This emotion can be a dominating force. Take these initial steps and then practice presenting to a friend or to your pet. Sounds silly…but it works!

Seeking additional help? Email me at Eileen@StrongIncentives.com with your concerns and questions. They both are free…and advice is priceless!

“Thanks for the memories……..So as I gaze back at this picture I realize the journey that many of us have been on.

Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, West Allis, Wisconsin

Smiles, friendships, growth, loss and aging are all innocently presented in this picture. More than enough of these smiling 3rd graders have already passed away. Quite the shock! Makes you realize how brief life truly is.
As a professional speaker and trainer I share many stories from my childhood…and capture them to my audience memories.
I’ll say….”come back with me” to your years of innocence and fun filled experiences. Maybe not so much fun, but truly memorable. Or as the late great Jerry Garcia sang from the Grateful Dead….”What a long strange trip it’s been!”
Well that IS the truth. Each day lived, is another day of life that we were blessed to live and learn from.
Whether you feel alive and vibrant or slow and tired due to a multitude of reasons….you truly appreciate each day. I know you’ve heard that before….but think about it again. What if you knew you had only 1 month…or1 week or 1 day left? What would you do? What would you WANT to experience.
Please take every precious moment you are blessed with and savor it.
You are worth it….because NO one is as INCREDIBLE AS YOU!
Believe that….think that….and live it!

You know your material….why don’t people remember when you speak?

ImageGrant & Kristin both know their professions extremely well! He’s a professional videographer…..and she’s in nursing management. They excel within their fields, and when they are asked questions….they give you concise and concrete answers. That simply means that their listening audience remembers what they said. 

They know how to talk and present because their mother is a professional speaker. And yes they have learned. 

Do people remember you whenever you speak on a topic? Or are your nerves in such a dominant factor that people remember more of your er’s, ah’s & um’s. In Toastmasters we actually have a counter for all of your “er’s & ah’s” to be counted. This is to make you more aware of how you can minimize this weakness and work at eliminating  that habit significantly.

When you speak, focus on the KEYPOINT of what your message is…..and bring it to your audiences attention (no matter the size) at least 3 to 5 times. You want your message and key points to be REMEMBERED…so that they come back and want to learn more from you. 

And of course…..do MORE business with you.

I’ve revamped the K.I.S.S. theory  – Keep It Simple Successfully! Be content rich when you speak; repeat your Key point and be remembered because of what you presented.

As a professional presentations skills expert Strong Incentives can show you how to do this! Call today and make positive changes today in your next presentation. 

 

 

“Think you can…think you can’t…either way you’re right!”

Henry Ford is credited for this sentence….but sadly he never “thought” his only son (Edsel)…could! A lifetime of criticism & disbelief in his sons skills, caused long term conflict between father & son. Once words are spoken, a thousand horses can’t pull them away. Sadly Henry Fords wisdom was hypocritical in this situation. Edsel Ford never recovered from his fathers actions & beliefs.
And yes there is a true “rise and fall” story of the infamous Edsel automobile. Sadly it was a fiasco!

Are you ever thinking or doubting that you can do something? Many of us have….and affects our productivity & profitability.
Belief in yourself and your team remains critically important. Giving a co-worker, a family member or a team leader support is a major catalyst .
Look at the picture of this fish. What tenacity!

Everyday your supportive criticism must be interlaced with praise that motivates. For long term positive results, practice this in your professional & personal life
You, your family & your team members are worth it!

As a professional motivational speaker on Communication & Change Management, Strong incentives, delivers this with every productive presentation. Contact EileenStrong.com to find out that the walk that I talk is applicable to you team too!

Do you wish no one could see you whenever you speak?

Do you wish no one could see you whenever you speak?

How often have you felt terrified about speaking in pubic?
According to statistics, it STILL remains the #1 fear that people have.
Most people do not have the self confidence to stand up in front of an audience and speak with credibility and clarity….and have impact on their audience.
But you can….and will.
I have a FREE CD that you can simply download at my website EileenStrong.com and discover how to speak with less stress than ever before.
You know you have a message. You know your story is valid and important
Now share it with people who want to listen to YOU and truly enjoy what you say.
Neural Linguistic Programming is another great technique to help you reduce your fear of speaking.

Practice this sentence “I choose to be in control. Feeling confident when I speak…is ok with me!”
Say this sentence while pressing your thumb to one finger….and say it with meaning!
Continue on with each and every finger…and say it with meaning!
Success will be yours!
Try it! You’ll like your presentations….seriously!

Speak with clarity, credibility and confidence every time!

“But I don’t want to give a speech!”…or in your mind you will say…..”Oh good grief, I hate doing this….can’t somebody else do this instead of me?

How often have you turned down the opportunity to make a presentation, simply because of fear, or the thought of rejection because you simply did not want to stand up infront up a group of people and talk?

Well, this IS costing you money! In fact you are leaving money on the table, every time this fear takes control of you. The irony is that you DO KNOW YOUR TOPIC! You understand your business and your services….and most certainly you can talk about it to so many people….as long as you are NOT standing in front of someone!

This is a lost marketing opportunity….and it is time to change that! I am inviting you to listen to the recording I just did for Powerful You with Sue Urda and it will be played on February 21st. I believe it will be on at 1pm, but just double check at what time zone it will be in for you!

Join me for this incredible, content rich recording and listen and learn….and walk away with techniques that can truly make a difference for you and your business today.
It will be worth your time….and your confidence and your powerful presentation skills!

“See you” on the call!

Eileen