Public Speaking Workshop @ Arlington Library

Public Speaking Workshop
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One of Arlington’s residents has been particularly good to me. Since there is not much I can do to give back to him, I will give to the whole community. I have setup a public speaking workshop. My objective is to help community members overcome their fear of public speaking and even improve their presentation power for those who already have some experience.

The workshop will be held at the Aurora Hills Branch of the Arlington Library located at: 735 18th St S
Arlington, VA 22202. The date is: July 24, 2014 and the time: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For online registration, click on the image above, or head on to Eventbrite.com: http://arlingtonpublicspeakingworkshop.eventbrite.com

Questions? Post them below, or you are welcome to call me on 7148184828.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Speech Content Memorable: The Best Is Last

What if it was possible for you to give a speech that had your audience members glued to their seats from beginning to end, and most importantly, get the most value from your message?

If you do any amount of speaking using your voice, you are probably involved in public speaking. Every time you are involved in verbal communication (most commonly) with a group of friends or family, or even colleagues, think of yourself as giving a speech. I once heard Patricia Fripp, world renowned professional speaker say: “Life is a series of sales situations.” Indeed, every time you are communicating with someone or a group, you are either selling, or being sold. Memorable Speech

Even though most speaking situations are extemporaneous and impromptu, the stakes are usually not as high as for prepared speeches. For those situations where you will have time to prepare speeches to be addressed to an audience, regardless of the size, below are five easy ways to make those speech content memorable.

  • Stories

Muriel Rukeyser said “The world is not made up of atoms, it is made up of stories.” People don’t remember facts as much as they remember stories. Facts are boring, excepts when they are made relevant through stories that help anchor your points in the audience’s mind. Keep a personal story book and go through your story book every time you are preparing for a speech and need inspiration for relevant and memorable content.

  • Quotes

Memorizing one or two quotes when preparing for a speech is never to hard. Some things have been said so well in the past by “famous” people that there is no need to rephrase or tell them any differently. The fact exceptional and popularly known achievers said things demonstrates to your audience that you did research, and that you read wide. In general, most quotable sayings are memorable. If you have a hard time memorizing quotes, try quotes that rhyme. They are easier to memorize.

  • Statistics

Find statistics relevant to your audience and topic, and make them impactful. For example, instead of saying “According to the W.H.O., 75% of the American population suffers from glossophobia,” say “You are seated in a row with 9 other people by your sides. According to the W.H.O., about 7 of the people on your row suffer from public speaking anxiety. Which group are you in?” Stating statistics in this way makes them much more memorable.

  • Metaphors

A metaphor could be a word or phrase which means one subject and is employed to emphasize another subject to touch on their similarities. For example, instead of saying “My grand-mother was very generous and kind,” saying “My grand-mother had a heart of gold and was sweeter than honey” makes a greater impact and will stick longer with any audience. You can visit http://www.metaphorexamples.com for great metaphor examples and inspiration.

  • “You” Focus

You have have probably at least once witnessed a speech which sounded something like the following: “I am awesome because I killed an alligator with my bare hands. I am rich because I own a big house at the beach and 5 vacation homes around the country, and one abroad. I was not always handsome, but because I am rich now, it does not matter.” Every time you are preparing a speech replace the pronoun “I” with “You” as many times as you can.

The above example rewritten to become more memorable to your audience would read: “You would be awesome if you killed an alligator with your bare hands. You would be considered rich if you owned a big house at the beach and 5 vacation homes around the country, and one abroad. You might not be handsome or beautiful now, but when you are rich, it does not matter.” Any audience member will remember that.

Delivering great speeches requires quality preparation time. If your overall objective is to make a positive impact on your audience, do all you can to make your speech memorable by always including ideally all of the elements above.

Question: Which one of the elements are you good at, and which one do you need most work on?

Are You Driving Yourself to a Premature Death?

During my recent road trip across America speaking to different Toastmasters clubs along the way, I had the privilege to meet a lot of good people. In addition to meeting them, I also got to hear their stories and become part of their life experience for but a short moment. One of the remarkable people I met was Mary Ann.

  • Mary Ann’s Husband

Premature Death

Mary Ann told me to story of her husband who died a premature death because he had a gift that he resented. His gift was the ability to read people’s energy and he was very sensitive to it. Having worked in retail for a long time, and considering that in America most people shop in a state of depression (or similar), it is not difficult to imagine him going crazing picking up all those negative energies. I see it like Spider-Man having his spider-sense go crazy when in the midst of Sodom and Gomorrah citizens. Ok, maybe not that bad, but close.

  • Reflections

After she told me that story and I was in my car driving, I reflected on that and realized most people are just like Mary Ann’s late husband. They have special gifts and abilities, but they either don’t know what to do with them and therefore ignore them completely, or they simply dismiss their gifts as things that anybody else can do. Which is even worse. There are millions of variations of the same gifts and talents. Even if two people have the exact same gifts and talents, it is because they are supposed to reach different people in different time spaces. There is no accident in the universe.

  • The Beautiful Orchid

Jim Rohn once said that what messes most with the human mind is “not doing all you can do and being aware of the same.” Denying your natural talents is very similar to that. It is like a orchid that needs sunlight to grow but its seed was deposited in a fertile soil, but under an oak tree. The orchid will probably die a premature death because of the lack of sunlight creating a non-ideal environment for its growth. The orchid cannot choose to move to a different and ideal environment for its growth. The orchid cannot move or cut the oak tree branches that are blocking the sunlight it needs to grow. The orchid cannot choose to endure a painful growth with the hope that one day the oak tree will fall and all the sunlight in the world will be finally available.

  • Closing Thoughts

We humans could be compared to orchids; beautiful, expensive and quite challenging to grow successfully. But as opposed to orchids, we can move to any environment of our choice. We can choose to give different meanings to our life experiences, meaning that empower us rather than weaken us.

Are you, like Mary Ann’s husband driving yourself to a premature death because you are ignoring or suppressing your natural talents? If you are are, what action steps can you take to start embracing them? If you are not, what can you do to help someone else develop his or her talent?