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A Guide to Rehearsing for Your Next Speech

By |2019-09-27T13:02:49+10:00November 16th, 2015|Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

The adage: ‘practice makes perfect’, certainly applies to presentation-giving. Research and writing are important parts of the speechmaking process but rehearsing prior to the event is the key to a successful presentation. Indeed, rehearsing can help make an ordinary speech extraordinary. You can be sure that rehearsals form part of even the most experienced presenter’s planning – so why should you neglect that important step… 1. Be confident that your content is appropriate. When you’re satisfied that the content of your speech is almost final (e.g. you’ve covered the main points, you’ve checked the grammar, the ideas flow, you’ve included appropriate transitions), read the speech a couple of times aloud – from your written notes or your computer screen. Make changes to your script. Only when you’re confident with your text can you begin rehearsing in earnest. 2. Know your content. Work with the content of your speech until you’re extremely familiar [...]

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The Secret to Delivering a Powerful Speech

By |2019-09-27T13:03:19+10:00August 10th, 2015|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Soft Skills, Training|

It’s easy to spot a dull speaker – just count the number of nodding heads in the audience. You can add a little sizzle to your presentations by learning to deliver a palatable blend of facts, figures, philosophy, humour, and the unexpected. The result can be rewarding – happy audiences, rapt attention, and more support for your cause. Pep up your next presentation by considering this advice… 1. Use appropriate attention-grabbers. Handouts, audiovisual aids, props, yarns, facts and figures, questions, show-of-hands, anecdotes, humour and demonstrations – all are capable of complementing your speech and of holding the attention of your audience. And all of those techniques are essential if you adhere to this basic principle for success: show them, don’t tell them. If you illustrate your points with examples, demonstrations, or analogies that are visual or oral, you’ll keep them interested. 2. Involve the audience. Involvement keeps people from nodding off. Try [...]

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More Tips on Speech Preparation!

By |2019-09-27T13:05:44+10:00November 20th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Leadership, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

In our last blog post we went through a step-by-step process of preparing to make a speech. Here are a few more ideas that may help you next time! Don't forget Less is best - the more you say, the less your audience will remember… Be appropriately brief. Research shows that today’s audiences have an attention span of just on 18 minutes - the period between commercials on prime -time television! Push a single concept. The podium is no place for multiple messages and muddled meanderings.   Smile & ponder Max Walker, former Australian test cricketer turned author and public speaker, says one of his worst experiences with public speaking was when he expected to be addressing a hundred blind people - and arrived to find a hall full of deaf people instead! ‘Imagine. I’m trying to be funny on some bloke’s fingers and all the laughs are coming back [...]

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How to Prepare Your Next Speech!

By |2019-09-27T13:05:45+10:00November 18th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Target Markets, Workshops|

Managers are frequently called on to speak at professional meetings, service clubs, and community groups, and to present briefings or reports within their organisation. If a speech has been well prepared, with a definite purpose, and well-rehearsed, it will be successful. The most effective public speakers faithfully observe several important steps when preparing for a speaking engagement. As you prepare for your next speech, you might also wish to adhere to these proven guidelines... 1. Understand clearly why you have been invited. Before accepting an invitation to speak, be sure you know why you were invited and what the audience wants to hear. Decline the invitation if you feel you have little to contribute on the topic. 2. Sketch out a brief plan of attack. Three preliminary considerations must be addressed before beginning: First, clarify the purpose of your speech - to persuade, inform, amuse? What do you want your [...]

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Public Speaking Made Easy

By |2019-09-27T13:05:54+10:00October 18th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Advanced Diploma, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Corporate Governance, School of Leadership, School of Local Goverment, School of Management, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills, Workshops|

In our last blog post we discussed some step by steps to delivering a memorable speech. Here are some more tips to take with you next time you have to make an important speech! "Become interested enough in your audience that your prime concern is how to get your message from you to them. When you think more about how you are going to put your message across and less about what people will think of you, you will end up a better communicator. So allow yourself to release your energy in a positive way." Lou Hampton, quoted in Jeffrey Davidson, Blow your Own Horn, AMACOM, NY, 1987, p. 156. Here's an idea Many amateur speakers make two mistakes: They skip their vision around the room, trying to make eye contact with everyone; and When coming to a break in thought, they fill in the gaps with ‘um’ or ‘ah’. Be [...]

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How to Deliver a Memorable Speech

By |2019-09-27T13:05:54+10:00October 16th, 2013|Leadership, Qualifications, Qualifications Certificate IV, Qualifications Diploma, School of Business, School of Civil, Construction, Mining, School of Leadership, School of Management, School of Online, Distance, School of Project Managment, Schools, Shortcourses, Soft Skills|

From time to time, you may be required to speak to audiences of various sizes to inform, inspire, persuade, affect decisions, or stimulate action. Internally, you may find yourself speaking to a group of employees or colleagues; externally, you may address a community group, the press, or a service organisation. Of course, preparation is vital; but a poorly delivered speech can ruin weeks of careful groundwork. If you want to deliver an effective speech, then consider these key elements... 1. Try to control nervousness. Top speakers are never free of nervous tension before their presentations - studies have shown that even pros like Bob Hope and Johnny Carson had increased heart rates just before they started their monologues; but those rates quickly returned to normal once the speakers were into their deliveries. Nerves are part of a good performance. Accept them. As well, learn to ease the tension through the process [...]

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