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Max The Magnificent
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Re: Humor
Max The Magnificent   10/8/2013 10:18:17 AM
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@Caleb: If you can make them cry, that's good too...

All I'd have to do is sing them a song .... that reduces most people to tears :-)

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Re: Love extempore speech
_hm   10/7/2013 6:58:26 PM
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@Max: With your profound knowledge of industry, that may be proper way. People will like to listen to you.

 

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Re: Humor
Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 5:08:38 PM
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Yep, a little laughter brings an instant connection. If you can make them cry, that's good too, but hard to pull off without just insulting them. then they hate you.

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Re: Humor
David Ashton   10/7/2013 4:59:19 PM
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@Janine, I'd second that.  I don't do much public speaking and I don't think i'm that good at it, but one thing I have learned is that if you can get your audience to laugh you're more than half way there.  And if you can poke fun at yourself, so much the better, you don't run the risk of offending anyone and people won't think you are "stuck up"...

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Re: Humor
JeremySCook   10/7/2013 4:17:51 PM
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Well thank!  Hopefully that is true!

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JanineLove   10/7/2013 4:05:19 PM
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One thing I would suggest is let your sense of humor shine through in your speaking. You let yours come through in the writing of this piece, so I bet it's in your presentations as well.

Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   10/7/2013 3:59:44 PM
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Another point is that you should not have a slide that contains onlt bulleted text ... and if you do feel that you have to have such a slide as part of the handout, for goodness sake don't read it to the audience -- they will have finished it while you are still on the first line -- just say something like "Here's a list of things you should have in your emergency walrus polishing kit" and then move on to the next slide.


When I'm giving a talk I like to use slides containing images that remind me of the main flow -- but then I just talk to the slides so that it's new to the audience (and often to me :-)

Max The Magnificent
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Re: Love extempore speech
Max The Magnificent   10/7/2013 3:56:17 PM
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@_hm: I love extempore speech and they are more engrossing. For this, one must have very sound understanding of subject and should have worked on that topic for few months or years.

I go for a mix -- I use slides that have pictures with little text -- and then I make the rest up as I go along :-)

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Re: Good tips
Max The Magnificent   10/7/2013 3:54:42 PM
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@Caleb: It reminds me of teaching. You learn more by teaching something!

You are 100% correct. Also, it's when you start explaining something to somebody that you realize the parts you don't know as well as perhaps you thought you did :-)

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Re: Good tips
Caleb Kraft   10/7/2013 2:45:49 PM
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It reminds me of teaching. You learn more by teaching something!

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