Abstraction, abstraction, Picasso in words - I am so tired of abstract expressions! The other day I did an experiment in one of my trainings. After yet another speech full of abstraction I asked one of the participants: Thomas, can you define the word ‘respect’? Thomas smiled awkwardly. No response. I moved on. Laura, can you define the word ‘respect’? Laura smiled awkwardly. No response. I moved on. Ivan, can you define the word ‘respect’? Ivan smiled awkwardly. No response. Analyze your language. How many times do you say words like ‘respect’ assuming that everyone understands what you mean. Reality is, they cannot even define it! Respect, value, quality, growth, agility, or, abstraction itself … – words like these hide behind thousands of walls of meaning. Abstract words mean something different to every single person. Your meaning is not their meaning. Have you ever spoken to a scientific audience? When you speak to scientists, the first thing you must do
“Public speaking is a mountain without a peak.”
“Your audience doesn’t care about your fear of public speaking.”
“Negative feedback is poison.”
Ryanair flight FR1134 from Berlin to Barcelona. My MacBook had only 1% battery left. Normally, I love to sleep on planes, but this time I wasn't tired at all. What to do? I remembered some antique, old-fashioned, completely outdated approach... paper and pen. I started to spit out random reflections on my world of public speaking, and charisma. Below you find the result. As usual, the number 42 is the universal answer. There is no order at all in this list. It is completely random. Enjoy! Content without delivery is like music without sound. A voice without variety is like a car without wheels: it won’t take you anywhere. A stage is like Disneyland; it is full of attractions. As a public speaker be witty, be mad, be serious, be sad… Be that eel that no one can touch! An inspiring speaker is like Gandalf. A mentor, a coach, who doesn’t manage, but challenges, who doesn’t dictate, but indicates. For
I was almost nine years old when The Clash released their smash hit 'Should I Stay or Should I Go' in 1982. Little did I know that 36 years later I would kill their song title and turn it around. Because, when I think of one of my biggest heroes in life today, 'Should I Go or Should I Stay?' is much more appropriate. My mom struggled. She was struggling for weeks. One afternoon, like every afternoon, she sat in front of her small beer in the pub next to her assisted living apartment. Some golden girls - who would never sit in a bar alone drinking beer - passed by. They frowned at her and uttered, But how can you fly at your age? Yes, with 86 springs on your shoulders, things can get more complicated. Walking? More or less, but two walking sticks help. Bathroom? Often, very often. Hearing aids? Where the hell are they again? My mom
“Charisma is a skill.”
Public speaking. The mere thought of it can set hearts pounding! And yet, being able to communicate one’s ideas in public is an important and sought-after skill. Rhetoric–The Public Speaking Game™ will help you become a better speaker and have fun in the process!
RHETORIC will challenge, engage and entertain you with a series of public speaking tasks. You and your fellow players will step onto the stage and take turns delivering a series of short speeches, as determined by the squares on which you land.
For the past few years, people around the world have played the board game version RHETORIC in companies, organizations and homes. RHETORIC is now available as an app. For more info go to rhetoricgame.com.
For many people, public speaking is a big challenge. And when you have to speak about someone you love, the challenge is even bigger. Welcome to the wedding speech!
Delivering a speech at a loved one’s wedding is an honor. You should do it justice. And you can!
This course will ensure that your wedding speech is moving and memorable. In four simple steps, you will build a terrific speech. You will know what to say and how to say it.
And they will love it!
In this online course you will learn how to
- structure and build your wedding speech.
- fill the structure with entertaining content – humorous, emotional, memorable.
- perform your wedding speech with more impact thanks to concrete tips and techniques for a more powerful delivery.
The second book from 2013. A great read especially for Toastmasters who want to upscale their evaluation skills. Focusing on content, delivery and slides, it offers 108 ideas for better speaking.