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.

Debt Negotiation – How One Can Negotiate Their Debt With a Proven Company

Debt negotiation aims to do one thing. That is to safe guard the debtor from his misery of filing bankruptcy. Debt negotiation is a commonly used debt reducing method because of the efficiency and the effectiveness it has showed in the past years. Debt negotiation considered as a win – win situation for both parties. That means for the debtor and for the creditor or the credit card company.

Debt negotiation will reduce your monthly payments or will reduce the total amount of debt you owe. In here the Debtor and the Creditor agree to settle their accounts for a fixed amount. The credit card companys’ goal is to get as much of the money that they are owed back from the Debtor.

This means that the further your account goes into delinquency, the better your chances are to negotiate away a portion of your liability. This still gives your credit record a substantial hit, resulting in high interest rates for loans in the future, but it is a much smaller hit than ignoring your liabilities or entering to bankruptcy will.

There are many people who pay a part of the loan up front and the rest of the loan is paid through easy and fixed installments. How much of the liabilities you pay actually depends on how well you negotiate. To negotiate debt settlement plan, it requires knowledge, experience, skills and confidence to get the best benefits from debt negotiation. It is not an easy task. To assist the Debtors in this Negotiation process there are Specialized Negotiators available in the current world market.

How one can negotiate their liabilities with a proven company? This will be the next question that will arise in your mind now. To be success in the Debt Negotiation process you have to find a suitable and specialized Negotiation Company which is available in the market. These Negotiation Companies will design your debt settlement plan to meet your goals and financial situation

Searching through the Net and also referring to the magazines will help you to find the primary details about the companies available for your benefit. Also checking with the Better business Bureau (BBB) will also help you to confirm what is best for you. There are many different things that you can do to negotiate down your debt. But Selecting the Negotiation Company is the Challenge that you will face.

How to Control the Butterflies and Survive Your Next Workshop Presentation

Feeling some nervousness before and during your workshop is a natural thing. Actually, I rather have some butterflies than a bumblebee flying around in my stomach. It protects me from getting stung with the venom of cocky. But, too much nervousness can be harmful. Here’s how you can control your nervousness and conduct effective, memorable presentations:

1. Know the room.

Be familiar with the place in which you will speak. Arrive early.
I usually suggest no less than 6o minutes before the start of your session.
Practice using the microphone and any other audiovisual equipment you plan to use.

2. Know the audience.

Greet your participants as they arrive. It’s easier to
speak to a group of new friends than to a group of strangers.

3. Know your material.

If you’re not familiar with your material or are uncomfortable with it, your nervousness will increase. Practice the delivery of your workshop. If you must refer to a prepared script than practice reading sections and maximize eye contact with your audience.

4. Relax.

Ease tension by doing exercises and stretches. Simple push-ups on the wall can work wonders. However, you do other things like practicing your smile and stretching your face muscles. Don’t forget to stretch those neck muscles too. Oops did I mention deep breathing?

5. Visualize yourself giving your workshop the days before and as you travel to the workshop site.

Imagine yourself speaking, your voice loud, clear, and confident. See your participants looking attentive and interactive. When you visualize yourself doing a good job, you will be successful.

6. Believe that people want you to succeed.

Most workshop participants want you to be interesting, stimulating, informative, and entertaining.
They don’t want you to fail. Don’t you feel the same way about your trainer and facilitator when you are a workshop participant?

7. Don’t apologize.

If you mention your nervousness or apologize for any problems you think you have with your presentation, you may be calling the audience’s attention to something they may not have noticed. Keep silent. Remember -if you point to the sweat, they will see it!

8. FOCUS on your important messages.

Focus your attention away from your own inner anxieties, and outwardly toward your messages and your audience. Your nervousness will dissipate.

9. Gain experience by presenting as often as you can.

Experience builds confidence. Like any skills set -the more you do it the better you will get! That includes mistakes. Also, check out a Toastmasters club in your area. It is a great place to build your confidence for workshops and speeches. (www.Toastmasters.org)
10. Put your butterflies into a flying formation by turning your nervousness into positive energy.

Harness your nervous energy and transform it into vitality and enthusiasm. Allow your passion to ooze out whenever possible.