selling yourself and your story with public speaking

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INCLUDING AN EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATION
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Who was the speaker? Bill Clinton? Sarah Palin, Barack
Obama, George W. Bush?
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"What they'll say is, 'Well it costs too much money,' but
you know what?
It would cost, about. It it it would cost about the same as
what we would spend. It. Over the course of 10 years it
would cost what it would costs us.(nervous laugh)
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All right. Okay. We're going to. It. It would cost us about
the same as it would cost for about hold on one second. I
can't hear myself. But I'm glad you're fired up, though. I'm
glad."
Organize thoughts
logically
 Tailor message
 Tell story for maximum
impact
 Adapt to listener
feedback, verbal,
nonverbal-facial
expressions, physical
reactions
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Highly structured
Accomplish purpose
within a time frame
 Takes planning &
preparation
 Language is more
formal
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Language is more
formal…no slang or
habits…
A Communication
studies
professor’s poem.
Offered to
students and
teachers alike.
Taylor Mali
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http://www.wimp.com/speakty
pography/
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Greatest Fear
A party with strangers
Giving a speech
Percent Naming
74%
70%
Asked personal question in public 65%
First day on a new job
59%
Victim of practical joke
56%
Talking with someone in authority 53%
Job interview
46%
NEGATIVE
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Having the jitters
Stomach is uneasy
Ready to run
Nervous
POSITIVE
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Zesty
Enthusiastic
Ready to go
Pumped up
Take a class
Record your voice
Volunteer in a small
group
 Join Toastmasters
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Read a textbook
Tape yourself
Speak up with an idea
or opinion
 Speak somewhere
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YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT YOU CARE
ABOUT
YOU WANT PEOPLE TO THINK ABOUT
WHAT YOU SAY
YOU WANT THEM TO CARE
YOU WANT THEM TO BUY YOUR BOOK
GET THEM TO TAKE ACTION
Find a quiet place to sit
for a moment…
Relax and think:
I will be calm & relaxed
when I speak
My energy level will be
high
My enthusiasm will
show
I will remember all I
want to do and say
I know my material well
I am confident
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Most of it is not visible to the audience
Don’t apologize for being nervous
Smile: Take a breath on the way to the
podium
Move on
Act cool and comfortable
Don’t expect to be perfect
Adjust to changes
Don’t block the Powerpoint
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Get a good night’s sleep the night before
Anxiety drops 30-60 seconds after you start
Just get through the introduction- it gets
easier
Make eye contact with the members of the
audience right from the start
Concentrate on them, not on being nervous
The audience wants you to succeed
Use visual aids, they increase interest
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Your audience is likely to be multicultural
Read nonverbal reactions
Avoid ethnocentrism
Have integrity
Be ethical with issues of right and wrong
Consider age, religion, sexual orientation,
culture, group membership, racial and ethnic
background
LISTENING
Learn to listen attentively
to other speakers;
It gives them confidence
and motivation to continue
to do a good job
Avoid being distracted by
appearance or delivery to
get the most from the
speech
Suspend judgment and
avoid jumping to
conclusions
Listen for the technique
and style of the speaker
Either learn to take notes
or listen keenly
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What’s your General Purpose?
Entertain? Inform? Persuade? Demonstrate?
How do you sell yourself and your book?
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Talk about the book itself?
About stories from the book?
About the subject in general?
About the genre?
About how you wrote the book?
About publishing?
About finding an agent? About query letters?
Brainstorm
Get a big piece of paper
Make a big circle in the middle
for your topic- write it in there.
Make large circles or balloons
all around
Write down all the ideas you
can come up with re giving your
speech and put one in each
balloon
Don’ keep it in order just
spontaneously add idea
balloons
Then link them togetherconnecting sections
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Topic: My Romance Novel
General Purpose: To Inform
Specific Purpose: To explain how to write a
period romance novel
Central Idea: How to research and create the
basic structure of a romance novel, relative to
an American historical time period of 17001800.
 Main Points
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Use an attention getter that is interesting
Establish goodwill and credibility
Reveal the topic
Preview the body of the speech
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Relate to the audience
State Importance
Startle the audience
Arouse curiosity
Question the audience
Start with a quotation
Tell a story
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NEXT
 Preview the speech
briefly
Just hit the main points so
they know what to
expect.
Plan some more
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What should you wear?
No hats, messy hair, zany clothing.
Use index cards unless you are at a podium
Voice: Projection, pitch, expression, pauses
Pronunciation, articulation, dialect
Posture: stand up straight, no hands in
pockets or behind you, no wiggling
Gesture appropriately
Eye contact most crucial
POWERPOINT 101
5 Rules of Design
Pick a good template
Limit the number of
words
Use sans serif fonts
for better legibility
Handle graphic
elements
professionally
Choose high contrast
color combinations.
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Light background color
Dark background color is alright if the color is
very dark
No shifts in brightness or shade
Try not to use blue backgrounds (unless navy)
Only use complementary , inconspicuous
design elements
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Medium colored backgrounds
Background shifting from light to dark or vice
versa
Bright or medium shades of blue
Overwrought or distracting design elements
 Various bells and whistles, animation styles
 Templates from Hell (Any template that has
grown stale from overuse)
SLIDE
VERBALITIS
Limit words
No more than 7
main bullets
per slide
Power point is
not a word
processor
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Try to speak all the words that
are on the original version of
the slide
Slides are only the main ideas
Aim for 40 words per slide
Keep type sizes large
Use accepted symbols and
abbreviations; 1 2 3, #, &, St.,
Ave., TV, JFK, FDR
Copyright
Infringement
Always credit sources
For pictures you insert:
Most comprehensive
GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH
http://imagesgoogle.com
No copyright restrictions
www.Pics4learning.com
THANK YOU
WRITER’S CLUB
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SPEAK WITH CONVICTION
MAINTAIN COMPOSURE
BE CONFIDENT
 A lot of talent is lost in the world, for wont of a little
courage.
ee cummings

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