Judy Dippel’s Speaking Tips

Judy Dippel’s Checklist of Advice for Speaking Growth and Preparation

Just begin speaking to groups:

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· Speak whenever possible, about what you know and are passionate about

· Seek training you can trust – learn speaking techniques, but always be true to you

· Practice balanced messagesPoints, Instruction, Experience, References (Ref. PIER—CLASS Services; Florence Littauer, Marita Littauer)

Things to consider and questions to ask of the person who contacts you to speak:

· Number of people expected? Demographics? Theme? Length of your presentation – type? (Keynote, interactive, workshop, inspirational, retreat, teaching, etc)

· Ahead of time, provide a written introduction to the person who introduces you.

· Will the audience be provided pens and paper?

· How is the room set up? Lighting? Type of microphone you prefer. (Visualize)

· Can you provide handouts? Does that work logistically for them? Do you need a flipchart, Power Point, other electronics, etc.?

· Dress of group? Dress professionally, but don’t wear a suit if audience will be wearing jeans.

· Do they have permission to record you? Can they sell recordings of your presentation?

· Can you sell your products? (Books, etc.) Will they provide person to help at the table?

POWER “P” Words for a Professional Presentation:

· Have a powerful beginning and ending

· Make your points have impact: Allow at least 10 minutes for each major point

· Pause: Pause instead of using filler words like, umm, and, uh, etc.

· Pace: Change your speaking pace and voice

· Express your personality and passion, and share personal anecdotes

· Don’t be phony: Audiences are smart, they recognize sincerity and transparency

· Props: Use them if they are comfortable for you—make your points “sink in.”

· Pray: For me, this is essential. I can’t do it without God’s provision.

Nervousness can be helpful, but fear is not —it limits you. Ideas to help you overcome fear:

Arrive ahead of time – talk to people as they come in; connect; chat with them.

Take focus off of yourself: Instead, think about what you are excited to tell them; visualize your success; imagine a person who will appreciate what you say; look in people’s eyes as you speak; see individuals (just like you), not a blob of people. Know they want you to succeed; don’t take yourself too seriously. Laugh!

Practice relaxation techniques before and during presentation: BREATHE, release tension! Move around naturally.

Suggestions: Consider using Mind Mapping Technique, created by Tony Buzan, rather than outlining.

I recommend the book, Present Yourself by Michael J. Gelb

Judy Dippel 2010 www.judydippel.com author, speaker, freelance commercial writer

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