Thursday, September 29, 2005

Public Speaking

Public Speaking is an area of fear for many North Americans... it does not have to be... a simple process of being ready and relaxed will do wonders. Visit this site and learn for yourself how you can enhance your speaking abilities.

A&B Public Speaking: The Archive

A&B Public Speaking: The Archive

Here is an archive of public speaking tips, techniques, quotes and other helpful items and suggestions... I was amazed at the value on this site... you will be too!

You'll have a chance to check out some of the more interesting speakers in our rich history... gee maybe someday I'll be included in this list... smile!

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey

10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking - Toastmasters International

10 Tips for Successful Public Speaking - Toastmasters International

Looking for a little help in preparing for a presentation? Look no further... Toastmasters to the rescue... these are solid tips that work in every presentation situation.

Read, relax and reframe how you look at your self and your speaking abilities. Then step up and succeed!

Welcome to Toastmasters International where we are"Making Effective Communication a Worldwide Reality"

Welcome to Toastmasters International where we are"Making Effective Communication a Worldwide Reality"

If you are serious about getting a grip on the fears of public speaking and overcoming them... then this is the organization for you.

I joined Toastmasters in 1991 and have found the experience, the encouragement one of the solid foundations for my success as a professional speaker.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Executive Speech Coach - Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey available for selective clients

What is the price of being a champion? What does it take to be your best?

Professional athletes know the value of coaching to hone and enhance their skills.

So too, do leading edge entrepreneurs, business leaders and managers who engage the services of a speech coach to help them with their presentations.

Executive Speech Coach - Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey available for selective clients

Toastmasters International Accredited speaker Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey

Toastmasters International Accredited speaker Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey

Each year tens of thousands of Toastmasters around the world compete for the right to eventually stand on an internation stage as that year's World Champion.

What you may not know is each year a select number of qualified Toastmasters enter the process for qualification and awarding of Toastmasters professional level Accredited Speaker Designation. Many try, few make it. Those who do, are inducted into the Toastmasters Hall of Fame and given their award on that same international stage.

To date, only 55 people (and only 7 Canadians) have earned this distinction. Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey became the 48th person in their rich history when he was inducted in 1998.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Three keys to successful presentations or speeches

In public speaking the cardinal rule to being truly effective is “NEVER BE BORING!”

How do we do this when we are nervous and under stress to perform?

For the last 10 plus years, I’ve been teaching my clients and students that the “three keys to presentation success” are based on acquiring the knowledge you need to successfully capture their attention, connect with your audience, and achieve your shared or desired objectives.

Those three keys are simply:

· KNOW your subject or topic
· KNOW your audience
· KNOW yourself

If you know your subject, and are thoroughly prepared, you will be much more relaxed than if you are ‘winging’ it. Taking time to organize and delve into your topic will give you a sense of the depth you bring to the platform. It will also give you much more information than you will be able to deliver, which gives you back-up information for additional presentations and questions. This confidence based on acquired knowledge, works wonders in helping to keep the “butterflies flying in formation.”

If you know your audience, you will be better prepared to effectively analyze their needs and select from the body of knowledge you’ve acquired on your topic to serve or solve those needs. The better you know their backgrounds, connections, education, gender, and their ages, the better you will be able to construct and deliver your presentation in a way that is interesting and informative to them.

If you know yourself, you can draw on your own experiences, and build on your own strengths in developing your own speaking style. You can also share your own unique stories in a way that allows you to be your most effective. Self-knowledge is a tool of effective communication.

Continually ask yourself, “If I was in the audience, why would I be interested in this point or topic?” Then simply make sure you have a good answer for that question. Your audiences are people, just like you. The better you know yourself, the better equipped you are to effectively reach them.

By combining your knowledge of self, your subject, and your audience, you will effectively increase your impact. You will also expand your impact as a presenter, interviewee, or speaker.

Be sure to apply the 3 P’s of professional public speaking – PREPARE, PRACTICE or POLISH, and finally PERFORM! There is no substitute for being prepared, by practicing until you are confident you are ready to present your material in a confident manner.

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Bob “Idea Man” Hooey is an award winning accredited professional speaker, MC, corporate trainer, facilitator and business coach. His articles have appeared in local and North American trade journals and consumer publications. He is the author of 9 books. 4 success systems, 8 mini-books, 6 e-books and business resource guides. Sign up for his free Ideas@Work e-zine: Visit

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