The Public Speaking Wire: Issue 5

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The Public Speaking Wire
Issue 5
Successful Presenting for Today’s World
lk This edition of the newsletter highlights two different aspects of public speaking.  One is the challenge of speaking at a social event, when people would rather chat than listen to speakers.  The other is how to spice up a presentation.

We have a host of other articles on our blog,
The Public Speaking Wire, We hope you’ll visit the blog, and follow us on Twitter.

Lastly, be sure to take our quiz and tell us who you think the best and worst on-air speaker is.

I hope you enjoy this issue, and welcome your feedback. 

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Handling an unruly crowd

Here’s an interesting dilemma we discussed in my public speaking class. You’re slated to speak at a large event of several hundred attendees, say a charity dinner or cocktail, where people have come to socialize. 
You get to the podium, but find that groups of people continue to talk among themselves as you speak.

What do you do to gain your audience’s attention? Here are some ideas.

  • Start out by saying: “Hi everyone. I know you’re all here to enjoy yourselves, so I’ll be brief.”
  • Say, “I can hear you; can you hear me?”
  • Say “Okay everyone, on the count of three one…two…three….Shhhhh”
  • Stare down the offenders
  • Pause until there is quiet in the room
  • Strike a glass with a spoon so that everyone can hear it.

Do you have a method you would like to share with our readers?

Photo: Francisco Osorio via flickr

Preparing a Power Point Presentation

As we all know, there is nothing more dull than a poor Power Point presentation. So, here are some hints on how to liven up your presentation.

First, ask yourself about the audience. Here are some questions I posed myself for a client presentation in front of an audience of about 100 people:

  • What do I know about the audience?
  • Why is the audience there? This audience was participating in an annual meeting, so some members were more vested in what I had to report than others.

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Are you planning an important presentation?  Or do you have a group of colleagues who can benefit from honing their skills?

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About Us

Kundell Communications provides performance-based training in public speaking and presentations.  Our goal is to help speakers of all levels go from fear to fun and achieve success!!

Linda Kundell, founder of “Techniques for Effective Public Speaking,” is a public speaking coach, public relations executive and classically-trained singer who believes that each of us has the potential to be a good speaker.  Our program uses  performing skills  to help speakers develop and enhance their own personal style.

We take you from fear to fun!

Save the Date: New Addition

This fall, we’re excited to be adding a single session “Body Basics for Public Speaking” class as a warm up to our popular “Public Speaking Crash Course” at New York’s 92nd Street Y.

“Body Basics” can be taken on its own, or as a supplement to the Crash Course.  The class takes place October 20. The Crash Course begins October 27.


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Just Do It!

Sometimes all it takes is practice and a willingness to learn from your mistakes.  We combine a nurturing spirit with a critical eye to help you become the best possible speaker. 

So, we’d like to encourage you to just jump in there and do it. You might even surprise yourself!

Best & Worst: Take the Survey

Tired of being assaulted by nasal, speed-talking TV or radio motor mouths you can barely understand? Tell us who is the worst — and best — commentator or personality on TV or radio.  Take the survey here.

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