Public Speaking: Add Magic to Your Presentations

There is just something about a magic trick during a public speaking engagement that grabs people. The nice thing about it is that as a public speaker who uses magic to make a point, you are not held to the high standards you would be held to if you were a professional magician.

I do some simple magic that would probably make a real magician throw up, yet I get comments from the audience that they loved my ‘illusions.’ Think about some of the points you make during your speech that might need a little extra pizazz to make them memorable.

Visit a magic shop and tell the proprietor what you want to accomplish and that your skill level is zero. Most good magic shops have literally thousands oftricks to pick from for all skill levels and all audience sizes.

Magic tricks are also a fun way to add some lightheartedness and WOW factor to your presentations. The points you make and the comedy aspect of the magic usually come from the ‘patter’ (what the magician says while doing the trick). You can even buy books of comic patter. Many magic tricks are now on video which makes them infinitely easier to learn than trying to read them from a book. An excellent tape for rope tricks is ‘Daryl’s Rope Tricks #7.’ Your local magic shop probably has it and if they don’t they can probably order it.

I really like to learn magic from videos because you can see the trick in action. Reading them from a book is OK, and very useful, but you just can’t beat video training. Two good magic videos for speakers by master magician Tom Ogden are ‘Teaching and Training with Magic’ and ‘The Magic of Creativity.’ I got these two videos from Royal Publishing & Walters Speakers Services (626) 335-8069.

Presentation Skills For Beginners – Free Yourself Up On Your Own Stage

If you are singing live on stage, you will be given a stage microphone so that you sing your heart out to mesmerize your audiences. It is all about experience, you will not have stage fright if you have performing numerous of times in front of large audiences. But being nervous is pure emotion that you could not avoid, even though how many times you have improvised your speech earlier.

Do not be misunderstood that you need to start learning how to sing. Certainly, there is a way to control your nervousness when you perform on stage in front of your distinguish guests.

What if you set your own stage for your speech practice sessions?

You will be more casual when you feel comfortable on your own stage. It is like invite your friends and family to come over your place for a ball game or a drink in your living room. It is much better to face humiliation when you improvise your speech before them rather than in front of unfamiliar audiences.

Main concern is how do you set your own stage?

It like putting a home theater set in your living room. Living room size does not really matter in this case as long it is able to fit in few audiences (less than 10 persons). Prepare some seats for them to make them feel extremely comfortable. The most important is the complete home theater set which includes sound speakers and microphone.

Let’s us start with the microphone. Most amateur presenters will have shaky hands when they hold the microphone. Basically, there are 101-holding microphone pose that distracts your audiences. Worst come to worst, that is how stage fright come to haunt you which spoils the whole performance. In order to avoid that from happening, it is better to use a wireless lapel microphone kit so you can move your two hands naturally as you speak. This is how it reduces your nervousness and it will reduce your stress level. This particular microphone has wireless 500-feet range feature which means that you can move around when you speak in front of your audiences.

On the other hand, you do not have to spend much money on new PA sound system. For more convenient use, get yourself a portable PA sound system rather that fits in every corners of your living room. During practice sessions, your audiences will be able to listen to your speech without noticing much on your sound speakers. Make sure you control the sound volume so that it will not disturb your neighbors unless you invite them to come over to join your practice sessions.

If you want your Powerpoint presentations to look professional, use a presentation remote to change your slides which resembles the click of a mouse button. It is also used as a laser pointer to pinpoint important points at your slide display. In order to have bigger slide display for your audiences, it is better to use a digital projector in which it is strategically placed within your living room.

Start setting up your own stage as a preparation medium to improvise your speech in front of your audiences. Soon, you will be more confident and able to inspire any audiences on a real stage.

How to Negotiate Your Salary Effectively

When you get a new job or when you ask for a raise, a salary negotiation usually takes place. This represents a sticking point for many people, because they don’t know how to negotiate effectively and they often end up getting lower salaries than they deserve.

As a communication coaching, I’ve been teaching many of my clients how to negotiate their salaries effectively. Here are the steps that work best for them:

1. Know the market. It’s important to know what a fair salary is for your job, in the kind of company you work for and considering your responsibilities. In order to do so, you must know the market. So make sure you do your homework and you come to the negotiation with a good understanding of the salaries in your niche.

2. Show results. The only really efficient way to justify asking for a certain salary is through your results. Your employer can best be persuaded to give you the salary you want if you prove to them that you can add a lot of value. Your previous results are the ones you can use to imply the future results you’ll create.

3. Ask for more than you really want. By requesting a bigger salary than the one you really want, you leave room for negotiation. Thus, you can make a compromise during the negotiation; you can lower your salary demands and this way only reach the salary you’re really aiming for. This is a simple but highly helpful negotiation technique.

4. Stand your ground. Many employees compromise a lot during a negotiation because they are afraid that if they don’t they’ll lose the job. However, this fear is many times unrealistic and exaggerated. Be willing to stand your ground and take some risks in a negotiation. If you truly are a valuable employee, you will get the salary you’re asking for.

With good salary negotiation skills, you can get benefits many employees only dream of, and you can ensure top compensation for your work.