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Monday, September 10, 2012

Public Speaking Advice from Lt Co. Robert F. Cain III

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

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

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

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

First posted January 11, 2010


Anonymous said...

I think people only pretend to be bored when they're presenting as a defense. They do it to mask their fear in my opinion. I know I do. I'm sure lots of other people, especially teenagers among their peers, do too.

Rebecca Johnson 4049

Anonymous said...

I definitely feel like getting the audience involved is a great way to get their attention. Also, being truly educated and interested in the topic should bring the energy level up as well.

John Williams
COM 101 Sec 4049

Anonymous said...

I do like the emphasises that being animated and non animated in presentations can both make lasting impressions.

I would hope a subject doesn't have to be as grievous for non animated to be, but due to shortening attention spans probably not likely. It Could also be due to people being afraid to look bored out of fear for being thought poorly of due to the gravitas subject matter if caught.

Curious though, do you think the audience remembers the presenter more then the facts in an animated presentation vs. non animated?

Ryan Clift
Com 101 - 4049

Christina Ortega COM101-4049 said...

Hmm good thought! be a clown! :D power points i can handle, but never thought about being physically entertaining as well!! :thumbs up:

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing i am very funny and energetic, i feel i will do great when it comes to funny topics and not having to be serious. but when the time does come where i have to be serious for a presentation i hope that this communications course will help me to better myself make it so i am one of those people where when i am passionate about something i can make others passionate about it as well.
Sarah Lindekugel com 101 4069

Anonymous said...

this passage contains two truly diffrent ways to convay a message to a group what i think in the real selling point is caring about the subject that your talking about this contains all the gravity of the situation.

sean sieloff 4049