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Postby ConnieFoggles » Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:00 pm

I've been chosen to be a presenter for Invisible Illness Week on How To Earn Money Blogging. I've been interviewed before but never done a presentation.

I will be speaking about 20 minutes and then answering questions for about 15 minutes.

I've been given advice like write out what to say and time it, memorize what to say, just speak from the heart....

My issues, I'm nervous. I tend to forget words and say "umm" a lot. I'm nervous!

Also I'd like to promote myself as much as I can without sounding like I am.

Any advice? Thank You in advance.

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Postby Al Smith » Sun Aug 31, 2008 3:41 pm

Hi Connie,

For what it's worth, I'd start out with how you got started blogging. Tell a personal story (humorous one to break the ice if possible) about what you went through, and how you overcame any challenges.

Also, list what you want to share with your audience and what you want to get from it. (Goal of the speaking engagement) Build your speech around that.

Have you searched out any public speaking sites to check out a strategy for getting your point across?

And . . . try to calm down, everyone gets nervous, especially the first few times. Channel that emotion into excitement for your subject and your audience. Channel it into interest for your subject, let them feel how moved you are by your blogging passion.

You will do well, remember our audiences are usually less informed than we are and will hang on every word we say. It is after all your expertise that will show through.

Just my five cents . . .

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Postby robert adams » Sun Aug 31, 2008 5:20 pm

remember the old speaker trick,

imagine your audience in their underwear.

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Postby ConnieFoggles » Sun Aug 31, 2008 7:30 pm

Thanks Al. I'll look into some public speaking sites. I like the idea of channeling my nerves into excitement. I do love blogging and know that I can get that across to my audience!

Robert, imagining them in their underwear is an old trick but a good one!

I did forget to mention because I thought you'd be able to read my mind, that my presentation will be online (on Blog Talk Radio). Here's the link for Invisible Illness Week. Maybe you'd be interested in offering a donation like an ebook or free consultation or help to spread the word about it.

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How to get rid of filler words and tics

Postby Rasby » Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:00 pm

Connie,

I talk all day long for a living, so I have a few tricks up my sleeve. I teach college. And believe me, keeping their attention is not easy because, unlike your audience, many of them do not want to be there - especially for 8:00 a.m. classes (some of them will be shocked to learn that most jobs actually start in the morning :)

Anyway, most people use filler words and verbal tics unless they make a conscious effort not to. Of course, it can be very annoying to listen to someone when every other word is "uh" or "you know." It not only annoys the audience, but it gives the impression that you aren't as well-spoken as they expect you to be as "the expert." So here is a little trick my speech teacher taught me when I was a college student that has served me well.

Since what we are actually doing when we throw in verbal tics and filler words is giving ourselves a moment to collect and organize our thoughts, just take a breath instead of uttering noise. We do not have to fill every empty space with sound :) In fact, if you listen to really good speakers, you see that they use pauses for emphasis. And even if they are simply collecting their thoughts, the audience does not know that. They still seem to be using that little pause to either give the audience time to reflect or to emphasize a point. So practice pausing instead of using filler. Just take a breath which will accomplish two things, it will calm your nerves and will give you enough time to think.

Hope this helps. Good luck on your presenation.

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Postby karynsolo » Mon Sep 01, 2008 4:40 am

I have been interviewed numerous times and have even gotten invited to speak in places. I think of everyone as a friend, you speak openly and freely with a friend and you are more relaxed when speaking to friends.

Have a conversation with your friends instead of speaking at them.

I love Radio because people do not look me in the face, and it is easier to just kick back and speak with more ease.
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Postby ConnieFoggles » Mon Sep 01, 2008 11:42 pm

Thank you Rasby so much! I will start practicing the breathing now. I'll make a conscious effort to recognize when I'm saying "um" etc.

And karynsolo, yes being on radio is so much easier to me. I doubt I could do the speaking if it was live.

I'm ready for this & going to take the bull by the horns!

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good luck and fellow traveler

Postby Rasby » Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:25 am

Connie,

I noticed from your websites that you have a chronic illness. My husband has chronic fatigue syndrome coupled with about a dozen other immune depressing diseases such as fibromyalgia, IBS, etc. So even though I personally do not know what it is like, I certain witness it daily. I applaud your gumption for giving this your all despite the daily problems of an illness.

Go get em' with your presentation.
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Postby karynsolo » Wed Sep 03, 2008 12:21 am

Connie good luck with your presentation, you will do just fine. If it makes you feel any better I too have taken on a new challenge, its called 44 yr old woman going back to school, now that is one scary proposition.
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Postby ConnieFoggles » Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:47 pm

You'll do fine! Adult students do well because we want to achieve and be sure to do the correct things.

Keep us posted on how you're doing. Check out the resources for returning adult students too. And enjoy yourself! You're fortunate to be able to continue learning :)
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Postby emarketer » Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:12 am

I know you will do just fine. If you still need more pointers, check out Toastmasters. I was a member for a long time and learned a lot about public speaking. It really built up my confidence.

They say that public is one of the most feared activities of all besides the fear of height. Believe it or not I used to be a very shy person. Now I don't mind speaking to a small or large crowd. I guess I've gotten over my fear.
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Postby TorontoCarol » Sat Sep 06, 2008 10:03 pm

Hi Connie,

This may sound crazy, but sometimes a prop helps me to speak better. I did a teleseminar and hated the flat way I was speaking. So I bought myself a cheap microphone ( a big, fat hand held) and the next time I spoke into the mic as well as the telephone (I cut the cord off, so it's not connected to anything).

For some reason, my karoake persona came out and I was much more animated in my presentation. Maybe having something else to take my attention made me forget my nervousness. Who knows, but it worked for me.

Then again, I've been told I'm a bit on the strange side :)
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Postby ConnieFoggles » Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:05 pm

I wanted to thank everyone for their advice. I did it! I got callers after my talk and got compliments from them. I also got props from people listening on Blog Talk Radio too.

If anyone is interested in listening to my presentation, I've posted it on one of my blogs. The link for it is Invisible Illness Presentation.

I feel so good that's it all done & now I'm ready to do more!

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Postby alexc » Fri Sep 12, 2008 5:38 pm

SO I have had more than my fair share of experieces giving lae presentations and speaches so I have quite a few tips for you.

1) Write down every single word of your speach. Do not wing it if you are nervous. Do not just speak fromthe heart and do not just attempt to memorize it. Have it all on note cards and have those cards with you. If you are nervous, every other method of speaking will fail you until you become more comfortable in front of a crowd.

2) Practice your speach often. Several times a day if possible

3) Record yourself on video giving the speach. Watch the video and see where you can improve.

4) Get a test audience to listen to your speach. This way you get both a crowd to speak to, and a chance for feedback before the real deal.

5) There are two types of nervous speach, those who talk too quickly or those who talk too slowly when nervous. You need to figure out which you are and adjust the timing of your speach.

And as it looks like I found this thread too late, good job on your success, it only gets easier from here.
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Postby TorontoCarol » Sat Sep 13, 2008 3:29 pm

Hi Connie, just listened to the broadcast. You gave lots of good information and some helpful websites. As someone who also suffers from fibro fog, I appreciated them.

I too believe that blogging is great for those who are not as mobile and may be less able to hold a traditional job. Your passion shines through your speaking.
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