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get NAKED and get NOTICED

Well I bet that got your attention!

So does Carren Smith‘s presentations where she encourages you to “get naked and get noticed”… however literal you’d like to take it.

Carren’s story will just blow your mind! Everyone was captivated as she shared her life challenges to date which were more than a person should have in a lifetime!

She didn’t let it get the better of her and has turned her misfortunes around and has put her energy into helping others find their voice.

At this mornings breakfast event at AIM I only experienced a taster of what her 1-day Speaker Secrets Exposed workshop, 2-day The Art of Public Speaking seminar or her 3-day The Art of Public Speaking Master Class would provide.

One of the main lessons we took away today was:

N – Niche: Find out who your target audience is – who will be moved by your memorable & inspiring message?
A – Authentic: Be yourself – don’t fake it till you make it – be true to yourself.
K – Kick it to the curb: Write a list – what’s stopping you from getting up to tell your story?
E – Expression: Learn how to express your message with clarity & discover the intent and promise for your listener.
D – Desire: Your desire knows what’s best for you! What we resist persists!

Such a simple message to retain!

I look forward to learning more from Carren Smith!

Yours in public speaking,
Amber van Sloten

Hands up for public speaking

You know those things at the end of your arms?! The picky-uppy things – it’s just amazing how often those get in the way.

As a Presentation Skills and Media Skills Coach and Mentor it’s incredible how often I get asked the question “What do you do with your hands?”.

We use our hands every day to pick up things, scrape things, push, shove, wave, poke  and generally move stuff around, but when it comes to speaking in front of a group they can take on a life of their own.

As you stand in front of that group of friends, family, colleagues, business associates or potential clients, the occasion can take over and your nervous system starts to pull the strings. One of the side-effects of nervousness is strange, and often uncontrolled, body movements. You’ve probably seen it before. Some people rock backwards and forwards from heel to toe, others step from one foot to the other. Twitches, ticks and other odd movements all make up the “nervous burn-off” factor. One major action can be sudden and somewhat wild hand movements or over-use of hand gestures. When this starts to happen we tend to become quickly aware of it, and yet trying to stop it happening is another thing. And it’s a bit like not ever noticing a red car on the road and then you buy one and end up seeing them everywhere.

As soon as we become aware of the extreme hand gestures we tend to focus on it which can have an extremely deleterious effect on your presentation.

So, what can you do?

My general suggestion is that when you feel you are using hand gestures too much or too big, drop your hands to your sides and start afresh. If you tuck your elbows into your sides, only gesturing with half your arms, that will help you feel like you’ve reined them in as well.

Dropping your arms is going to feel a little weird but it’s better that you feel a little weird rather than adversely affecting the visual presence of your presentation as well as having your hands psyching you out as you go.

While you might feel that your audience knows and sees absolutely what’s going on, more than likely they have absolutely no idea and are happily listening to what you have to say.

Not using your hands at all is rather odd because most people embellish what they are saying with their hands. So continue to make those motions but trim them down and enjoy delivering your speech. Your audience will love it and you too!

Yours in public speaking,

Peter Buckley

Peter Buckley is Brio Group’s guest blogger. When he’s not writing blog posts, he’s a professional Speaker, MC and Mentor in Presentation Skills and Media Skills. Visit his website for more information.

Peter Buckley’s helpful public speaking tip for relaxing nerves

Peter Buckley, Brio Daily's Guest Blogger

Hi Brio World and thanks Belinda Vesey-Brown (Brio Group MD) for the invite to be your first guest blogger on your daily blog.

As a Corporate Communicator Coach and Presentation Skills Trainer I am regularly asked, and it happened again just the other day, what is the most common thing people get wrong or make difficult for themselves when they have to stand up in front of a group and speak.

When we come under that sort of “Focus Under Fire” moment we tend to forget to breathe. I know it sounds weird, because we breathe all day and night without really having to think about it but, with the rush of adrenalin into your system, your heart rate rapidly rises and breathing tends to become snatched, leading to oxygen deprivation pretty quickly.

You’ve seen elite sprinters at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games taking in deep breaths to calm their nerves, oxygenate their body and release tension. Footballers who are going to play for a couple of hours do exactly the same thing just before the opening whistle for all same the reasons.

That’s why remembering to breath steadily, calmly and in a controlled way will help you to create a great first impression when you stand up to speak. It will slow down the nerves, make you feel more comfortable and in control.

Next time you’ve got to face an audience, remember to take a a few deep breaths. Let us know how you go!

Yours in public speaking,

Peter Buckley – Guest Blogger

Peter Buckley is a top line communicator and has spent 24 years “on-air”, 12 of which were spent at B105. He is now a Speaker, MC, Facilitator, Presentation Skills & Media Skills Coach and Trainer and Voice Artist. www.peterbuckley.com.au