Personal Information – How Much Should a Presenter Reveal?

Have you ever sat through a dry an boring speech? Of course you have, we all have. Did you spend any time trying to figure out why the speech was so dry? I’m going to bet that at least one of the reasons is that the speaker didn’t connect with the presenter – the speech content itself was impersonal. Did you know that it’s possible for a speaker to go too far in the other direction also?

A Speech That Nobody Wants To Hear
Once upon a time I had the misfortune to attend a speech that was being given by a presenter who had been married four times. Now the fact that he had been married so many times was no big deal, but the speech was on how to choose the correct investment plan for a 401k. During the speech, the speaker must have “revealed” aspects about his four different marriages at least 30 times. To this day I really couldn’t tell you anything about the different funds that one could use as part of their 401k plan, but I can vividly recall aspects of each of this guy’s marriages. This was a clear case of TMI: too-much-information. No the speech wasn’t boring, but the amount of personal information that was being shared overpowered the message. There’s got to be a balance.

So Where Do You Draw The Line?
All of us desperately want to avoid giving boring speeches. However, we also want to make sure that our speeches have an impact – and if we’re sharing too much personal information this isn’t going to happen. Here are some tips on how to draw the line between too much and too little personal information correctly:

  • Match Your Speech Type: certain types of speeches naturally lend themselves more readily to having personal information included in them. Speeches in which you are trying to persuade or entertain your audience are great vehicles for more personal information. Speeches to inform are not.
  • Match Your Audience: Who is in your audience (and why are they there)? If you have a business audience who are looking for ways to keep their business afloat during a severe economic downturn, then your childhood stories are not going to be appropriate. However, if your are speaking to a Garden Club filled with mothers, then perhaps a childhood story might be the perfect way to establish rapport.
  • Stay On Topic: Sharing personal information just because it makes a great story (like my 401k presenter did) is a bad idea. You need to make sure that the story ties in with what your speech is all about. If it doesn’t, then skip it.
  • Listen To Your Audience: In the end, it all comes down to what your audience wants to hear. If, while you are giving your speech, you start to detect that your audience is not staying with you, then cut back on the personal information and instead focus on your core content.

Final Thoughts
This is one of those tough areas where you are going to have to rely on your speaker’s judgement. Sometimes you’ll get it right and sometimes you might be off the mark and include either too little or too much personal information in one of your speeches. However, keep at it and refine each speech the next time you give it. In the end, you’ll know how much personal information to include in order to be able to intimately connect with your audience and make an lasting impact in their lives.

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.

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