Archive: January, 2014

Post from Transformation Tom- Have an Individual Conversation with the Whole Audience—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - January 31, 2014 - News
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Conversation

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Have an Individual Conversation with the Whole Audience

 

When you’re giving a presentation, it should come across as naturally
as a dinner conversation with a loved one. The topics may be
slightly different, but the tone should not be. The audience should feel
as though they are in your living room with you having a nice chat, so
that you come across as genuine, thus providing sincerity and credibility.
If the audience feels as though you are acting, or you are speaking
through them (instead of with them), you will lose them. Your true
personality will begin to shine only when you adopt a conversational
approach. This doesn’t mean you can’t use tools like voice inflection
and stage presence, but having the audience perceive your presentation
as a personal conversation will strengthen their bond with you.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World (Honorable Mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival) and From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide (2013 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Medal Winner and 2013 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention).  Audiobook version of “From Fear to Success” is also available! See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Post from Transformation Tom- Engage Your Audience—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - January 17, 2014 - News
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Engage Your Audience

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Engage Your Audience

 

Engaging and connecting with your audience can be as easy as asking
questions. Rhetorical, closed-ended questions, such as “Have you
ever found yourself in a similar situation…?” will get the audience thinking
and heads potentially nodding. You can up the ante with more
thought-provoking questions, such as, “What if you found yourself with
one day left to live?” The audience instantly will start to relate by figuring
out what’s in it for them. It is imperative to find creative ways to make
the audience a part of the speech somehow by understanding how your
words relate to them. Asking thought-provoking open or closed-ended
questions allows the door to open to appeal to the audience wants and
needs, even when a direct audience response isn’t needed.
Conversely, you can interact with the audience by asking them
questions that need may require a reply. There is the obvious and often
overused question: “How’s everyone doing today?” Or you can ask
everyone to stand up and get involved somehow. All of these examples
avoid letting your audience be passive, and begins to make them a part
of the event. Be creative to engage your audience.

 

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World (Honorable Mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival) and From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide (2013 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Medal Winner and 2013 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention).  Audiobook version of “From Fear to Success” is also available! See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com

Post from Transformation Tom- Work on Your “Um, Ya Know” Filler Words—Chapter “From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide”

Posted by tomdowd - January 3, 2014 - News
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Um Ya Know

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“From Fear to Success” Audiobook= Work on Your “Um, Ya Know” Filler Words

As much as I might want to say I have never said “um,” “ah,” “ya
know,” and “to be honest with you,” I would be lying. Yes, “to be honest
with you” is another potentially distracting filler phrase that I have
used. We all unnecessarily fill silence and voids with non-descript
words that have little to no meaning. Even the word “awesome” has lost
its true meaning with its overuse. My recent favorite is with the habit
of many people ending their sentences with, “Right?” The painful, but
effective, solution to filler words is to become conscious of your saying
them. Whether you have some trusted listeners around you who will
count them or throw a hand up when you say them, or you become
conscious of your own usage, you will find that simply paying attention
to them and making a concerted effort to improve is all you need to
break the habit. We have a comfort level with the use of some of these
so-called words and phrases and have built a habit that has to be broken.
Just as you would do kicking any bad habit, exercise a strong will,
find a solid support system, and you will improve.

 

Thomas B. Dowd III’s books The Transformation of a Doubting Thomas: Growing from a Cynic to a Professional in the Corporate World (Honorable Mention at the 2012 New England Book Festival) and From Fear to Success: A Practical Public-speaking Guide (2013 Axiom Business Book Awards Gold Medal Winner and 2013 Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention).  Audiobook version of “From Fear to Success” is also available! See “Products” for details on www.transformationtom.com.  Book and eBook purchase options are also available on Amazon- Please click the link to be re-directed: Amazon.com