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Friday, December 12, 2014

Public Speaking Advice

Passion is the key point.

Act like your bored and your audience will zone out.

I gave a powerpoint in Orlando just recently.  Most of my slides were
images, and I was the most animated character in the room -- not what was
on the screen.  I jumped, ran up and down the stage, raised my voice,
lowered my voice, made jokes (mostly about myself), and acted like I
CARED.

I am the actor. I am on stage. I am leading the troops, I am rallying
them, to DO SOMETHING.

A powerpoint presentation is secondary.  It is your notes as the
presenter.  It is not as interesting as you.

Get out from behind the podium, step out into the audience and stand in
front of people and ask them what they think.  Ask them to explain
themselves.

Tell them what you think and personalize the information.

I was fortunate to have on the same agenda was the COL of the state police
who investigated Virginia Tech.

He was speaking of the investigation he headed up by order of the
governor.  He did not jump up and down, raise his voice, or make jokes.
The subject was too serious.  But the information he presented was
personalized from his point of view.  he gave his opinion, he explained
the why and the how.  No one questioned his opinion because of the
gravitas of the subject matter, but no one doubted that he cared.

One a clown...(me), one serious and to the point...but both caring about
the subject.  Both will be remembered.

Lt Col Robert F Cain
US Army Reserve
Pentagon

Reposted as areminder for the remainder of the term...

First posted January 11, 2010

35 comments:

Kendra Moore said...

I definetly agree there have been many prsentations that i have set through in class that have definetly put me to sleep due to lack of interest in what the person was saying. I find it hard to pay attention to some one who has a monotone voice its hard to keep up when the speaker looks interested in what they are saying that make me interested.

Jason Carter said...

"Passion is the key" That statement is so true. Without passion you have a monologue that sounds like Ben Stein, how to put a pair of pants on... one leg at a time. That would be painful. A great representation is some instructors have expressed passion in their field in which they teach. That to me is a model of passion (though unlikely) I would like to bring into my speechs.

Eliza Thomas *COM 101* said...

I agree with this as well. I think as a public speaker it is our job to keep the audience entertained and the best way we can do that is to be real, authentic, and lively. If I just sat behind the podium and delivered a 10 minute speach on abortion with no realism or authenticity people would be bored. As I move forward in this class I hope that I can learn how to entertain, and teach people at that same time.

Courtney Burk said...

I definitely agree with these statements about public speaking. A speaker needs to be entertaining and grasp the audience’s attention. I’m guilty of not listening and zoning into my own world when a speaker in front of me is flat out boring. When a speaker is boring and dull the audience will not remember what the speaker was even talking about after the speech is over. The most remembered speeches are those that are entertaining and interactive with the audience.

Morgan Romito Com 101 section. 116 said...

I agree that "passion" is the key to public speaking. In one case acting like you care and being outgoing gets the audience intune, but on the other hand I feel like the topic your talking about should be about something you care. It makes takling about the subject so much easier. Like the man who gave the speech about the Virgina Tech he knew and gave his opinion not that he liked talking about those events, but it was something real to him.

Ryan said...

If you want to go into this profession (public speaking), it is a necessity to be entertaining. In present day that is what people are looking for. If you can't send your message to the public without being entertaining in some way then you do not keep the attention of the crowd, sound motivated or interested in what you're speaking about. I enjoy listening to public speakers who are magnetic.

Anonymous said...

R Caruthers BC550
Yes i agree that the more outgoing and involving the listeners the more they will remember you. If you just stand a talk say what you have to say, the listeners zone out and you will be rememberd as that speaker that had brown hair and glasses that we slept through his speech.

Kimberly said...

BC550

The loud funny speaker always gets everyones attention. You can definitaly tell if a speaker has passion in what they are talking about. Its not just important that the audience remembers the speaker but more of what the speaker was saying.

Reggie BC550 said...

I have seen a couple really amazing speakers with powerpoints that are just used perfectly! I am going to try to add one to the page and hope I know how because I think that you will all really enjoy it! It is a "deep-sea thing" and really neat!

Edden Amber (COM 101) said...

That is a great point about being passionate about what you are speaking about. Without passion a speech sounds like a bad sales pitch. I can say that my favorite educators are the one's that teach what they are passionate. It makes the class interesting.

Kasey said...

Speaking from the heart automatically shows passion. When you are telling of something near and dear to you, it's almost effortless to allow the excitement to shine through. Who likes to listen to a monotone person talk about something they "say" they care about? No one! There's no "proof" that they really care so much for something unless the joy is seen and heard through their speech. Even when you are shy, at least a glimpse of the happiness and passion emits.

Nick D. said...

This motivates me to be more enthusiastic during my speeches. Sometimes anxiety can lead to a monotone voice, and that can make the speech somewhat dull and stale. It really makes a difference when a speaker is animated.

Anonymous said...

People have offered many suggestions on what subject I should do my informative speech on, but I have pushed those ideas aside because i want to do it on PKU. A genetic disorder that my daughter has. the ONLY reason I chose this subject is because i am passionate about it. I hope it goes well... jeff Wilson com101 wh940

Joshua M Matul said...

This is a wonderful suggestion, far better than what most people tell you to do not only because it captivates the audience but also makes you lose the fear of public speaking when you get it going.

Carissa Martinez Com 101 BC said...

In my opinion, delivering a public speech takes alot of confidence.
I think caring about and having "passion" for that subject gives the speaker a certain amount of confidence. If they feel they understand and believe in their topic, they will not feel as likely to fail. From that point on, it is up to the speaker to find their comfort zone in which they can deliver the speech in a way the listeners will want to hear.

Raianne Everhart said...

I agree with where he is coming from. It seems that the more animated and outgoing you are in your presentation the more attention you achieve from your audience. It shows me that maybe if I can overcome my fear of talking in front of people and just be myself (because I am quite an outgoing girl) than maybe I might get a better feedback from my receivers and it will help me with my presentations and future up-comings.

Anonymous said...

I see where he is coming from and totally understand what he is doing! I have sat through some speechs and was flat out bored out of my mind. The preson giving the speech was not very interesting at all. Did not grab my attention and was very hard for me to focus and learn. I have had a few people that were different, unique, and LEARNED! I will remeber them for what they did and grabbed my attention. Also what I learned from them giving the speech.

CodyFrechette

Lina Ryan said...

In the course of your life, you are presented with different opportunities for expressing your opinion. Sometimes, it is in front of friends, family, a small group or a good size audience. No matter what the subject is, the way and the importance that we give to the topic is reflected to the audience through our tone of voice, actions, body expressions and the excitement exuded while presenting the speech.

Anonymous said...

As a Redcross and OSHA Safety Instructor there is such a thing as death by powerpoint. I know and personally experiance it. This is why I use alot of real life visuals and class participation. I have learned this lesson by recruiting anonymous feedback at the end of the course.
John Allen

Anonymous said...

Sometimes it takes self-humility to get someone else's attention. I completely agree on the whole Stepping out and letting people know that I am not here to just stand behind the podium, but express things in a way to where they can be affective.

-Havasha Reed

Michael Jones said...

It is amazing how one person can interpret a presentation in one manner and another person present it completely different. Yet get the same information/story across to the same audience with great delivery.

Linda B said...

I will definitely be using the points from this video for speeches in class. I agree, given that I have been an audience to speeches, if the presenter doesn't care, then the audience wont care either. Its all about passion.
Linda Ndenga .

Miranda connell said...

These points are very true and helpfull. Ive been bored at many speeches because the presenter was either out of it or just didnt care. Im gonna put this to good use for my next presentation

Neptali Cabrera (Com 101) said...

This is really helpful honestly who wants to give a speech or presentation in front of an audience and have that same audience just be bored to death. You already up there so might as well make it fun and you're audience is sure to be all eyes and ears on you! Neptali Cabrera Com 101

Anonymous said...

This article has inspired me to be animate and exciting in my speeches this semester! People remember you, and pay attention more, when they can relate to you. I want to do exactly that.

-Camille Sunseri, BC6003

luisa galdamez Com 4041 said...

I agree and disagree with this because i have had teachers that do really well with powerpoint, and teachers who i just love because of the energy they carry when speaking. I think it depends on the student, teacher, and material. I think if your were to mix media with a vibrant teacher it would prove incredibly beneficial.

Sarah Walker BC6003 said...

I am a strong believer in relaying the passion that one may feel on any subject they are willing to have some confidence in. It is almost like monkey see, monkey do. He states a good point by saying, if you appear bored, the audience will be bored. point blank. Put life into the words you so wish to speak!

Iuliia Decker / BC 6003 said...

This information is very useful. It's great to see different examples of speeches and their analysis. It will sure help me with my speeches.

Anonymous said...

I look forward to honing my ability to communicate publicly. This is great advice and a good reminder.

Jill Pentkowski
BC 6003

Anonymous said...

I definately agree with the making your speeches exciting. I was a cheerleader and the only way we got responses was to be loud, entergetic, using eye contact, and moving around. I suppose that will also be helpful with speeches, and get people listening with what you have to say.

-sara q bc6003

Maura Goldberg COM101-6002 said...

Topics and material can be boring & it's almost necessary for the Speaker to have some enthusiasm & excitement. Engaging & including the audience helps too. I've seen many speakers & it can be painful if the presenter isn't in to the material, prepared or confident with their delivery.

Jana said...

While reading Lt. Col. Cain’s advice on public speaking, I articulated his comments with my preferences. I asked questions like, “What keeps my attention?” and “When does a speaker loose me?” The answers to my questions supported Cain’s point that “passion is the key.” Humor and emotional content not only keeps my attention, but it also makes its way into my long term memory.

Jess Kobayashi said...

The best speaker I have ever seen/heard was a Colonel in the United States Airforce. I say "was" because he is now a Brigadier General at the Pentagon. It is amazing what great speakers many of the Higher ranked officers are and I guess they have to be. Speaking in front of a sea of Soldiers/Marines/Airman, they have to find ways to keep all of their troops stimulated. Especially since they are leaders of people all ages, gender, and educational level. This is really great advice and goes along with my motto; you get out what you put into something. If you are passionate and excited what you are speaking about, then your audience will be as well; as long as you are able to relate your message to many different groups in your audience. Being able to relate to individuals of all ages, gender, and sociological backgrounds is what makes leaders great, and what makes people want to follow.
- Jess Kobayashi

Jason S. said...

I will admit I have found more active speaker more interesting, but there is a point. To simply run about does not help, if you're going to do something on stage it should have a point. Else it distracts from the topic.

Tano said...

I think he took the attention off the power points. The confidence was appealing but could've been distracting in the same sense.