June 2011
Welcome to my Monthly Newsletters on presentation and speaking skills. Each month we will explore a different letter of the alphabet as it relates or applies to a speaking skill.
X Marks the Spot
Opening:
When you’re speaking, do you remain glued down to one spot, or do you pace aimlessly across the platform?
Promise:
Speaking is both content and delivery. By choreographing your ‘script’ on the platform, the audience will remember what they saw when you said it. Isn’t that what you, as a speaker, want… to be remembered and repeated?
Roadmap:
To involve your audience in what you are saying, it takes more than hearing your words. To experience your stories or message, they must be involved using all their senses! We’ll discuss how to move with a purpose on the platform.
Tips on Moving on the Platform with a Purpose
PLATFORM/STAGE
Past
Negative
Present Future
Positive
AUDIENCE
Quotation
of the Month
“People won't remember what you say as much as they'll remember what they see when you say it.”
-Patricia Fripp
 
Where should
I go next?
Left, Right,
Centre?
 
"Phrasing helps with Staging!" – C. Valentine
  To tap into audience’s emotions by stressing an important point and move them to action  
  When you want to connect emotionally with them, which is the only way people are moved to action, have them reflect and realize a process  
  When giving your power statement, STOP. - pause, lower your voice, slow down in your delivery…if you have just completed a scene in a story, physically STEP OUT of that scene; even lean towards the audience and stay grounded.  
  To create a lasting picture - help them remember and differentiate from one event/story/point to another.  
  When you create a scene in a story  
  Create different scenes with characters, dialogue, and actions in the listeners’ minds which they can easily visualize. At the end of your speech, when you refer to something you have already said, just call it back by gesturing to the spots where you spoke about it. Doing this will evoke emotion in your audience because they will be able to "see" in their minds the story you had talked about in that specific spot.  
  To establish congruency between words and actions  
  When you use traveling or action words  
 

Demonstrate traveling/action words as they give you a valid reason to move.
“I walked to my car and ...”
“And I physically retreated in fear!”
“I saw the chair across the room and collapsed…”
“I boldly took a few steps forward...”

 
  To differentiate between points or ideas  
  When you want to change points or ideas  
  Designate a spot on the stage for each point/idea within your speech and demonstrate visual transitions from one point/story to the next. ie
“On the other hand...” “Having said that, there is another point...” “Similarly, this other story…”
In these cases, where you move is irrelevant; just visually show a transition.
 
  To create timelines Because we read from left to right in our western culture, do this from the audience’s perspective- your left is their future, your right is their past; center stage is present for both speaker and audience.  
  When you are sequencing events  
  Split the platform to show different spots for the past, the present and the future
“If you could have seen me four months ago, you would have seen...” PAST
“Right at this moment, I...”
“Now fast forward 3 years...”
“And over the next 2 decades, I changed from being...”
PAST to PRESENT
In the future, I would like to move towards...” Gesture or move to FUTURE location
 
  To differentiate between opposites  
  When you want to differentiate between: good from bad
positive from negative
a solution from a problem
 
  Use audience’s left side for the bad, the negative, the problem, and their right side for the opposite effect, reaction or result ie
“If you don’t_______, then you will _____” bad/negative location

“But if you do take heed and ________, you will experience________” good/positive location
 
I challenge you to move with purpose on the platform.
Do not remain glued to one spot.
Do not wander aimlessly as your movements will be meaningless and distracting to the audience.
When you move, move purposefully. How you use the platform is up to you, but use it intentionally!

An excellent resource is Craig Valentine's DYNAMIC DELIVERY DEVICES a CD and DVD set will set you apart from the average speaker. Your speeches will come alive and you'll be able to create unforgettable experiences for your audience.

If you could have a surefire way to hook your audience for your entire speech, would you want it? How about 40 surefire ways?

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I invite you to join me next month when we examine the letter “Y” as it relates to another speaking skill.

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