To Be Or Not To Be… Part 2

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Those six words question the balance between the state of being versus the state of not being. Do you want to live a life of balance? Are you truly alive, or are you settling for a day-to-day existence in which you are alive, but not living your passion? Hamlet wanted to avenge his father’s murder. He wanted to set his world right, which his father’s violent end had thrown off kilter. Yet he didn’t go charging off in cartoon-hero fashion. Hamlet had very human generic for sale concerns about “the rub”: the difficulties, the objections, and the obstacles. It wasn’t until he faced his doubts and moved ahead anyway that he was able to create change. As a speaker

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who wishes to have an impact on your audience, you are no different. You must overcome your own doubts, demons and nagging fears. “What if the audience doesn’t like what I have to say? What if I forget my talk? What if…?” Like Hamlet, you have a choice. You can choose…to use your voice to make a difference dosage vs in the world. You can choose…to influence and empower others with inspiration custom care and imagination to make changes in their lives. You can choose…to

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To Be Or Not To Be… Part 1

Question goldSpeakers can take a lesson from Will Shakespeare: Start your talk with a question to engage your audience’s curiosity. To be or not to be? Here’s an example: Whether you realize it or not, you have a great deal in common the character of Hamlet. Can you list the similarities? Hamlet thinks he is an ordinary person. Do you think you are just an ordinary person? Hamlet has many flaws. One is indecision: the inability to make a clear choice at the right time. “To be or not to be, that is the question…” Are you indecisive? Hamlet has a few qualities that set him apart, however, and one is that he refuses to compromise with evil. His father has been murdered, and he is determined to avenge his father’s untimely and cruel death. Your life choices might not be that dramatic, but they are unique and so they will set you apart. As you face an audience – whether an audience of one person or a roomful of people – can you answer an important question:

  • What qualities set you apart?
  • What is unique about you?
  • What do you know that no one else knows?

Answer those questions for yourself. Where were you challenged on your life’s path to make a significant choice and stand up for what you believe in? When you met that challenge, you started to move forward on a new path in life. Your life changed and you changed. Now that you know your message, your mission is clear. Your mission is to share your message with the world. Now, begin to ask your audience questions about what matters most to them. With each question, you will engage your audience. Listen closely, and you will hear what is extraordinary about your audience — and then you will know how to appeal to what is special about each one of them, and to tailor your message to address their concerns. If you are ready to learn how to give voice to your passions and gifts contact Elizabeth Bachman at ElizabethBachman.com

Celebrating Women’s History Month

We are celebrating Women’s History Month in March by recognizing some of the famous women speakers and their famous speeches. We hope you will join us in honoring the Women throughout History who have stood up and spoken up to improve the lives of others. Women’s History Month is dedicated to bring more awareness of the impact that women have had and continue to have on shaping our lives and world as it is today.

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

These famous women speakers have stood up in the face of opposition and even death threats to be heard so that others might gain their rights and freedom. They are an inspiration to all of us in their courage and passion for bringing about change. Their words will be remembered and have a lasting impact long after they are gone.

Sharing my passion for speaking by helping presenters give voice to their passions and bring their gifts to the world is my way of making a difference, just as these famous women speakers did.

“There really is nothing more important to me than striving to be a good human being.” Oprah Winfrey

Over the centuries there have been many famous women speakers, some of whom have had an impact – locally or globally. The ones below have impacted me personally.

Some of my Favorite Famous Women Speakers and Speeches are:

  • Maya Angelou – On The Pulse Of Morning
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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    Elizabeth Cady Stanton – First Anniversary of the American Equal Rights Association

  • Hillary Clinton – Women’s Rights Are Human Rights
  • Shirley Chisolm – Equal Rights For Women
  • Sojourner Truth – Ain’t I A Woman?
  • Eleanor Roosevelt – What Libraries Mean To The Nation
  • Oprah Winfrey – 54th Annual EMMY Awards
Maya Angelo

Maya Angelou

Who would you add to this list?

I encourage you to take some time to read these speeches and learn about these and other famous women at Speeches by Famous Women – click HERE

Please comment and share below about your favorite famous women speakers and speeches.

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What to Wear When Speaking

Stage and stairsAs a speaker you are the center of everyone’s attention. From the moment you arrive at the event you are on public display. You only have a few seconds to make a positive first impression, both by how you look and by how you conduct yourself.  Despite all the talk about not judging people by their appearance… well, people do judge.

When you, as a star speaker appear at an event you want to brand yourself as a professional, someone who is knowledgeable about the subject and about being a speaker.

The experienced speaker knows that 93% of what people perceive about you comes from your non-verbal communications.  A star speaker prepares and does their homework on what to wear to make the best impression.  (A 3-piece suit is not always the answer.)

Rule of Thumb:  Dress the way the audience does — one notch better.

In preparing to speak at a venue there is some key information you will want to gather before deciding what to wear.

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The Speakers “10 Minutes to Spotlight”

On your mark, get set…

timeforactionIf you are like me, and are working the room where you will be speaking up until the last minute, be sure to take a private moment before you go onstage. It is a critical step to take the time to center yourself and prepare for your presentation. Find a quiet room, if one isn’t available, go to the bathroom. Take a deep breath and let all your distractions and nerves flow out of you as you exhale. If you, like me, need to review your notes and remind yourself about your key points, this is the time to do so. If I get rattled onstage, it is almost always because I went out without taking the time to ground myself. To make sure you get your moment alone, set your phone alarm to vibrate about 10 minutes before the event starts and keep the phone in your pocket where you can feel it vibrate. If it’s not possible to carry your phone, the other option is to have an assistant or friend watching the clock for you. Ask her (or him) to tap you 10 minutes before the start time, to ensure you have time to wrap up a conversation and find that quiet spot. Be sure to pick out that quiet spot right after you arrive at the event. Want to know how you can relieve your speaking anxiety and get grounded? Here are some tips that I use and I share with the speakers I train:

8 Tips for Releasing Speaking Anxiety:

  • Deep breathRemember to Breathe: Anxiety tightens the muscles in the chest and throat. Deep breathing, on the other hand, sends oxygen to the lungs and brain and expands the throat and chest, promoting relaxation. Before going joining the audience, use the deep breathing and as you approach the platform, take a deep breath and relax. Also, remember to breathe through your nose – mouth breathing will strain the muscles in your chest and throat.
  • Stay Hydrated: Dry mouth is common when people are nervous. Trying to speak with “cotton mouth” can be painful for you and your audience. Take a quick sip before going onstage and keep water nearby during your speech, just in case. Taking a drink of water during your presentation can also provide a pensive pause if you happen to lose your place or need a moment to regain your composure.
  • Release Excess Nervous Energy: Light physical exercise, walking, jogging in place for a second, or do a few dance steps; these are all good ways to deal with the jitters. If you are really nervous just before presenting, flex your calves or ball up your fists. All these physical releases can help you refocus your energy and not fidget in front of your audience.
  • Focus on Gratitude: Make a quick mental gratitude list to keep you focused on the positive while you are doing the deep breathing and grounding before speaking.
  • Visualize Success: Focus on your success and the outcome. Remember, you care about what you are saying, you have put in the time and effort and you will be fabulous!
  • Goal 20Review Your Key Points: Review your key points and focus on the core goals and reasons for your speaking that day.
  • Love Your Listeners: Thinking of your audience as hostile or as the enemy is negative thinking and will put you on the defensive. Come from the place of thinking “my audience is friendly”. Believe they are there because they are interested in what you have to say. You get back what you put out – and this adage is very apparent in public speaking. If you want your audiences to love you, love them first!
  • Show Confidence: The audience will never know if you are nervous or not. Never start your speech by admitting to the audience you are nervous as this puts them in the position of “taking care of you” and takes away from your status as a professional and an expert in your field.

Remember that everyone has some level of anxiety before speaking; even the top professional speakers have some nerves but they have mastered how to overcome the nerves and use them. Use the tips above to help you to relieve the anxiety and to be the speaker you want to be. Looking to master your speaking anxiety? Contact me today! Happy Speaking – You are Fabulous!

Speakers Tell Stories like an Artist Painting a Canvas

Artist painting canvasGreat speakers are the ones that are also great storytellers. All great storytellers are also great artists when it comes to their craft. Storytellers, like artists, are painting pictures with words instead of paint for their audiences. The storyteller starts with a blank canvas and starts painting with their words so the audience “sees” in their mind’s eye what the speaker is telling them. At the conclusion of the story, the listeners will have the whole “picture” from the speaker. Great stories will affect the listeners in a variety of ways; intellectually, emotionally and even physically. Finding the keys to the listeners’ minds and hearts is the first step in creating a memorable speech. As the speaker paints the words on the minds and hearts of their audience they are connecting with the listeners on a variety of levels. Professional speakers know that laying the groundwork for their speech is crucial to getting their point across. They will sometimes spend hours doing research and tweaking their stories and speech to create just the right picture for their listeners. These speakers know the steps leading up to a stellar ending. Starting with the end in mind and crafting the speech to cover the storytelling basics, speakers follow a general pattern that they use over and over again, with minor variations.

Star Maker Speaker Steps to Crafting a Story:

  1. Steps up businessStart with the background
  2. Rough in the outline
  3. Add color and interest
  4. Have a few surprises
  5. Use contrast
  6. Fill in the details
  7. Have a strong conclusion

Using the above steps, review all of your stories that you use for your speeches to see if they follow these steps. Do your stories meet these artistic criteria, touching your listeners mentally and emotionally? If you aren’t sure if your storytelling is touching all the points, ask some trusted friends who have heard you speak for feedback. When you aren’t getting the results you want from your speaking, it may be time to seek some assistance. Need some assistance taking your speaking and storytelling skills to the next level? Book a Strategy Session.

Guest Speaker Etiquette

At a national convention, I attended recently, I had the opportunity to observe closely two well-known speakers and their behavior over the weekend.

The first speaker:

Business woman checking inFrom the time she arrived to the time she left her behavior was courteous and gracious to everyone. From the hotel desk clerk to the CEO of a large corporation, the event coordinator, and everyone in between… all were treated with courtesy, even when things went wrong. Here are a few things that I knew about and observed:

  • Her luggage was late arriving
  • Her handout materials were delivered to the wrong event room
  • The speaker before her went way over the allocated time, so this speaker’s time was reduced by 10 minutes
  • The wireless microphone battery went dead during her speech
  • Someone knocked over a tray of water glasses just as she was making a key point

She handled all of these glitches with grace, poise, kindness, and courtesy; which left a lasting positive impression on me. After she spoke and the session ended, people flocked to her vendor table to speak to her and buy her products.

Angry Business ManThe second speaker:

At the same event there was also a good example of what not to do when invited to be a guest speaker. I also observed another well-known speaker scheduled for an afternoon session. Here are some things I observed:

    • He swore at the desk clerk because his room wasn’t ready when he arrived
    • He didn’t mingle with any of the other attendees
    • He showed up a few minutes before his presentation
    • He was curt and rude to the event coordinator before going on stage
    • When he got up to speak, he spent a few minutes bashing the venue and the coordinator before getting on with his presentation, which went over his allocated time slot by 15 minutes. (He ignored the event MC’s attempts to have him wrap up his talk)
    • After he spoke he was backstage spewing negative comments and a few obscenities about the event
    • When the session ended, he was at his vendor table where very few people approached and he made almost no sales
    • As he loaded up to leave the event a short time later, he was loudly complaining about his lack of sales

One thing I am sure of is that several other people were also observing these speakers behaviors and actions, and probably talked about the different impressions they each left on us. What impression do you want to make as a guest speaker? Some simple etiquette guidelines for a guest speaker. Some of these tips are also good for event and meeting planners to consider adding into a guest speaker contract too.

Star Maker Guest Speaker Etiquette Tips:

  • Be sure to give the event coordinator all your speaker info, headshot, talk information promptly and as far in advance as possible.
  • Show up for your speech at least 30 minutes early, allow extra time for traffic delays if needed.
  • Let the meeting planner or designated contact know when you arrive at the venue.
  • Contact the meeting planner immediately if you have any delays in getting to the venue.
  • Test the microphone and all equipment before the event starts and before you start speaking.
  • Take the time to know your audience before you speak.
  • Be respectful of the people who ask you to speak. Berating or blaming anyone for issues with equipment or other glitches at the event will not reflect well on you, the speaker.
  • As a guest speaker your behavior is being observed at all times, by many people and will be talked about, so be a positive influence, polite and respectful to everyone.
  • Never overindulge in drinking before, during or after speaking.
  • Keep your speech within the allotted time, no more, no less.
  • Be flexible with your speech based on how the schedule progresses; be prepared as you may need to cut back or add on as the event timing unfolds.
  • Give valuable information and don’t over promote your products from the platform.
  • Be a part of the event experience, instead of just delivering your speech and immediately leaving. Network, attend other sessions if it is a multi-session event, visit with people.

If you want to be invited back or booked as a speaker, make sure that on and off the stage you are setting the right tone. It’s too bad that the second speaker left a bad impression off stage. It is not good business or good manners, and those who are experienced in selecting guest speakers are looking for the speaker that brings the most overall value. Be the guest speaker that makes a great all-around impression. Find other suggestions on how to be a speaker HERE

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