Public speaking: 14 tips for a healthy voice and a sonorous performance

Tips for a healthy voice and a sonorous performance

Public Speaking: Be careful with your voice and don't whisper
Be Careful With Your Voice

Protect your voice as a public speaker

 

Professional speakers must be particularly careful as their voices are their prerequisites for their tasks. That’s why you’ll find tips on how to protect your voice on these pages.

Overview

Be careful with your voice

 

As a coach and speaker, I know how important a healthy voice is for some of us. Professional speakers need to be particularly careful because their voices are essential to their activities. Some people use their voices more often and under conditions that can cause additional stress. Uncontrolled screaming, shouting and singing damage the voice, just like speaking for long periods in cold or noisy surroundings and during physical exertion.

That’s good to know: The voice can also be nurtured. There are many tips for public speakers.

 

 

Here are 14 tips for protecting your voice

 

 

1. Warm-up

 

Always warm up yourself and your voice before a speech. A cold start doesn’t do the voice any good. This can include relaxation techniques and gentle exercise. Your voice coach will show you suitable techniques specifically for activating your voice.

 

 

 

2. Use your natural voice

 

Avoid forcing your voice to a lower or unnatural pitch.

 

 

 

3. Regenerate yourself and your voice

 

Permanent speech strains the vocal cords. This often happens unnoticed in the beginning, but at some point, the body defends itself with hoarseness.

Rest your voice as much as possible between performances and avoid tension and stress. If the voice is attacked due to an infection, it is advisable to rest your voice temporarily and drink a lot of fluids, for example, ginger tea. So the best strategy to get back to your voice quickly is still to just “shut up”.

 

 

 

4. Train your voice

 

Participate in voice training and learn voice techniques that can protect and improve your voice.

 

 

 

5. Coughing instead of clearing your throat

 

If you have a hoarse voice, you usually clear your throat. In this way, our voice becomes clear again, but we strain the sensitive mucous membranes of the vocal folds. It is better and just as effective to cough briefly.

 

 

 

6. Don’t smoke

 

Smoking is taboo for good vocal hygiene.

 

 

 

7. Avoid unhealthy environment

 

Avoid unhealthy, smoky rooms, bars and places where the environment can adversely affect speech quality.

 

 

 

8. Beware of alcohol

 

Drink alcohol moderately, if at all.

 

 

 

9. Be careful with coffee

 

Coffee, black and green tea should only be consumed in moderation, as these drinks dry out the mucous membranes.

 

 

 

10. Drink water

 

Keep yourself and your voice moist by drinking plenty of non-carbonated water.

 

 

 

 

11. Healthy lifestyle

 

Practice a healthy lifestyle that includes cardio training and good nutrition.

 

 

 

12. Whispering can be hazardous to your voice

 

The fastest way to lose our voice is to scream or shout. But there are also many less obvious ways to burden your voice, and public speakers need to know them. One example is whispering. To protect your voice, you may think that whispering is softer, gentler and less stressful for your vocal cords. But the truth is that whispering can be dangerous for your voice.

Whispering really does affect your voice more than normal speech. When you whisper, you send an enormous amount of extra air to the vocal cords, making them dry and irritated. This is even worse than screaming and shouting. When whispering, the vocal folds are tightened so that they are closed at the front and open at the back. This is an unnatural way of using the voice. When you do this for a long time, you will find it difficult to speak normally again afterward, because it impedes the vocal cords in their function.

If you need to speak, don’t whisper. People who care about their voices should avoid whispering and just talk quietly.

 

 

 

13. Trust is good, control is better

 

In case of doubt, you would rather go to a medical specialist, such as a medical doctor who knows what to do.

 

 

 

14. Many more tips

 

And there are many more ways in which to protect your voice.

Preparation of important speeches and presentations

 

Those who do not speak are not heard and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered. 

You want to convince with your message and also as a personality? Then I will help you to prepare your speeches and presentations. You determine the scope. At least I recommend a test run with professional feedback for you and your message. Then you will know how you and your content are perceived, what you should do and what you should leave out, where there is potential. Why do you want to get such helpful feedback so late after your real performance? Then it is too late for adjustments. Benefit from the advantage. My definition of luck: Preparation meets opportunity.

You can best estimate for yourself where the effort is worthwhile concerning the expected benefit. Here you will find the fees for my support (communication, psychology, language, structure, voice, body language, storytelling, rhetorical means, media such as PowerPoint and Co., etc.)

You are not in Berlin right now? Then choose meetings with me via telephone or video support. Whereby there are quite good reasons for a trip to Berlin.

By the way, many people suffer from such intense stage fright in front of an audience and therefore their performance lags behind their possibilities. Too bad, because with my help a performance in a good condition is possible. Just in case...

A good start: Professional feedback with recommendations for improvements

 

How convincing are you and your messages in speeches and presentations? How good are you in the 111+ most important presentation skills? I have been analyzing speeches since 1998. After evaluating 14,375 speeches and presentations, I can tell you very precisely what has which effect on which audience. Let me give you the feedback that will help you get ahead. You will receive essential feedback and recommendations, as well as the impulses you need to convince your audience in concrete situations.

Are you interested? Then you will find here the information on feedback with recommendations for improvements of speeches and presentations.

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

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What do you think about these tips for a healthy voice and a sonorous performance? How do you protect your voice?

We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Presentation design: 20 tips for PowerPoint, Keynote and Co.

Presentation Design: 20 Tips For PowerPoint, Keynote and Co.

How to create PowerPoint presentations that make you and your message look good
Presentation design

Presentation design

 

What makes a convincing presentation with presentation software? Here are some tips for presentation design with PowerPoint, Keynote and Co.

PowerPoint™, Keynote™ & Co.

 

The majority of PowerPoint presentations should be protected from laws such as those governing the misuse of narcotics. For a long time, the audience has to endure lengthy presentations with details that provide neither personal reference nor inspiration and certainly do not generate any positive emotions. Typical are tons of meaningless numbers, a lot of text and boring theory. Overloaded slides dominate. Unprepared presenters cling to the bullet point. The interest of the audience is put to sleep!

 

Note:
PowerPoint from Microsoft™ is a widespread computer presentation program from Microsoft™. Another product for this purpose is Keynote™ from Apple™ and there are other programs or apps. Presentations can be created and accompanied by such programs.

 

 

 

Criticism

 

Presentation software is always under criticism. Like any tool, it can be used well and badly. Negative examples are usually based on the fact that no basic knowledge and skills were acquired to build presentations. Then the information is ruthlessly squeezed into the presentation slides.

PowerPoint is when someone works 4 hours, so he can show in 20 minutes what he could say in 5 minutes.

20 tips for presentation design and presentation

 

PowerPoint can be a powerful tool to support a presentation. But it can also cause the listener to fall asleep, called Death by PowerPoint. Or being misused to distract from the essential. Like any tool, it is the user who decides whether to use it wisely or not.

 

 

 

1. Keep your distance from the computer at the beginning

 

Do not start the presentation design with the presentation software. If you start right away with PowerPoint and Co., then you restrict your possibilities right from the start.

 

 

 

 

2. Bullet points

 

With enumerations, the creation of presentation slides is quick and easy. That’s why bullet points are so common. During the presentation, speakers orient themselves along with the keywords and think they can save time for proper preparations.

For the audience, this is no pleasure! Use bullets as sparingly as possible.

 

 

 

3. Use simple graphics

 

Graphics should be easy to understand. Complex images bind the audience’s attention for too long and reduce the speaker’s impact.

 

 

 

4. Each slide has a maximum of one core message

 

Stay concentrated and encourage your audience to do the same. Dedicate a maximum of one core message to each slide.

 

 

 

5. Do you have a beautiful logo?

 

It is great if you are proud of your logo. Just, please don’t overdo it. It is enough to have the logo on the first and last pages. The same applies to your domain and other contact details.

 

 

 

6. Visual gimmicks

 

It flickers and flutters and every animation PowerPoint offers should be tried out? Don’t torture the eyes and nerves of your audience.

 

 

 

7. Embed fonts

 

If the presentation software allows it, embed your fonts in the file. Otherwise, impressive visual effects may occur during the presentation on a foreign system. They rarely support your message.

 

 

 

8. Keywords

 

Put keywords on your slides instead of worded text. Long texts tempt you to read them aloud and the audience will do the same. This makes you superfluous or even disturbs the reading of the audience. And to be honest; how well can you read aloud and would you like to experience this yourself as a participant in the audience?

 

 

 

9. Simple graphics or photos instead of lots of text

 

Visualize your messages in such a way that they can be understood quickly and clearly. A simple photo, a sketch underlining the statements of speakers are good.

 

 

 

10. Embed multimedia elements

 

It is safer to embed multimedia elements so that they also work during the presentation. What worked in the office can look completely different on another computer. Also, file often on the computer or server in the office and are inadvertently not taken along.

 

 

 

11. Standard quality

 

A large headline, about five bullet points and quickly set a nice picture next to it. Ready?

Most presentations with PowerPoint and Co. look similar. This quickly leads to fatigue in the audience. Those who design their slides more differently and appealingly attract and hold the attention of the audience.

 

 

 

12. Fonts

 

The choice of font is a statement. Beyond standard fonts, such as Times New Roman and Arial, there are worthwhile fonts to discover. In addition to readability, the message of the font also plays an important role. Please be careful with the number of fonts used.

 

 

 

13. Own hardware for the presentation

 

Preferably use your hardware for the presentation. Better be safe than sorry! Murphy is already waiting to be remembered.

 

 

 

14. corporate design

 

Coordinate the presentation with the corporate design.

 

 

 

15. Graphic designers can work wonders

 

Not everyone has the budget for first-class graphic designers. But they can do what only graphic designers can do: excellent design!

When it comes to a presentation, schedule support from graphic designers.

Note:
I’m not a graphic designer, so I’m always interested in recommendations of graphic designers. If you know someone …?

 

 

 

16. Presentation slides are aids

 

More is better? No, the saying “less is more” also comes true in presentations. With presentation software and presentation slides, the respective goal should be supported. Even the most beautiful slides should not replace the speaker’s presentation. Otherwise, the file could be sent by e-mail. Not every piece of information you want to convey should be found on the slides. The slides should not replace the presentation but underline it. Remember that the focus is on you as the speaker and your message, not your presentation slides.

 

 

 

17. Presentation slides as a handout

 

To save time, presentation slides are created in such a way that they serve as a handout. The opulent result then confuses the audience.

 

 

 

18. Printout

 

Murphy prefers to be seen where it is most spectacular because that is his nature. So: Print out your slides! The poor forest? Yes, that’s right, but it calms you down.

 

 

 

19. Media combinations

 

Even the best digital presentation slides can be supplemented with analog sketches completed on site. Reach for the pen in between and go to the flip chart. This will help you attract attention.

 

 

 

20. Emotions

 

Make sure that the desired emotions are also transported via the image protection presentation.

 

Preparation of important speeches and presentations

 

Those who do not speak are not heard and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered. 

You want to convince with your message and also as a personality? Then I will help you to prepare your speeches and presentations. You determine the scope. At least I recommend a test run with professional feedback for you and your message. Then you will know how you and your content are perceived, what you should do and what you should leave out, where there is potential. Why do you want to get such helpful feedback so late after your real performance? Then it is too late for adjustments. Benefit from the advantage. My definition of luck: Preparation meets opportunity.

You can best estimate for yourself where the effort is worthwhile concerning the expected benefit. Here you will find the fees for my support (communication, psychology, language, structure, voice, body language, storytelling, rhetorical means, media such as PowerPoint and Co., etc.)

You are not in Berlin right now? Then choose meetings with me via telephone or video support. Whereby there are quite good reasons for a trip to Berlin.

By the way, many people suffer from such intense stage fright in front of an audience and therefore their performance lags behind their possibilities. Too bad, because with my help a performance in a good condition is possible. Just in case...

A good start: Professional feedback with recommendations for improvements

 

How convincing are you and your messages in speeches and presentations? How good are you in the 111+ most important presentation skills? I have been analyzing speeches since 1998. After evaluating 14,375 speeches and presentations, I can tell you very precisely what has which effect on which audience. Let me give you the feedback that will help you get ahead. You will receive essential feedback and recommendations, as well as the impulses you need to convince your audience in concrete situations.

Are you interested? Then you will find here the information on feedback with recommendations for improvements of speeches and presentations.

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

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What belongs to a convincing presentation with presentation software? Do you know further tips for the presentation design with PowerPoint, Keynote and Co.?

Presentation slides
should support you and not replace you. - Karsten Noack

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Freedom of speech, yes! Free speech comes with responsibilities.

Freedom Of Speech, Yes! Free Speech Comes With Responsibilities.

Free speech is a privilege and a responsibility
Free Speech Comes With Responsibilities

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

Freedom of speech

 

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. It sounds true, and it is true. And it is also not always right to hide behind that saying.

 

 

 

Overview

 

 

 

 

Some thoughts on the freedom of speech

 

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. Well, nobody can make you feel bad without your permission!

Let’s think twice about that. It sounds true. And it is true. But what is missing here are the responsibilities. Because that saying also sets up a world where you have no responsibility for your speech.

I support the right to free speech. It is part of my profession when I support all those different people to present themselves and their offers. I believe in choosing to exercise that right responsibly and respectfully. Free speech comes with responsibilities. It is essential for society, and so is respect. Therefore, I recommend speaking carefully. Do your best to be kind. And don’t be radical unless it’s your last choice. Don’t be offensive!

The problem I see with the argument is that one person’s version of being offensive is very different from another. Be careful: When you hurt the values you want to protect, you lose your credibility. Walk your talk!

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

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What do you think?

Talk with people who let you see the world differently.

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Professional impact analysis: How are you perceived by other people?

Professional impact analysis: How are you perceived by other people?

How do you and your messages affect the audience?
17 hints that someone is a manipulator

Self-perception and impact analysis

 

How do you affect people in conversations, speeches, and presentations, in interviews? We all have our blind spots. It has a good reason, because for experts, company representatives and politicians, the impact analysis is part of the preparation of a speech, presentation, statement, interview or discussion. To explore the effect before the real event has a lot of advantages. How do you and your message affect your audience? 

Do you know how you affect other people? 

 

How do you interact with other people when you meet them? For example, how do you communicate in meetings and presentations? We communicate constantly. Yes, you too! And even if you do not intend to. Whether we want it or not; much of what we do or do not do is perceived and interpreted by others. Your messages are not always understood as you want it to be.

 

 

 

Professional impact analysis

 

For experts, many professional company spokespersons, company representatives, and politicians, the impact analysis is part of the preparation of a performance, such as speeches, presentations, statements, interviews, discussions. So you can explore the effect even before the performance in front of an audience. This will tell you in advance how you and your message will be perceived.

 

 

 

Honest and constructive feedback

 

The more influential your position in a company is, the more you are under observation. Then every moment becomes an appearance in front of an audience. Every detail gets meaning. Whether in the media, at events and even in seemingly private situations; every word that is said and omitted can be interpreted. Every detail shapes the image that the public has in mind about you and your message.

  • How do you affect others?
  • How are you understood?
  • Which image do you convey?
  • In which aspects can you improve?

 

I will give you a useful picture of how you are perceived in public. This is particularly beneficial for executives and representatives of companies, associations, and political parties.

 

 

 

Impact analysis

 

Just a few thoughtless words in front of the audience, microphone and camera can have consequences. For this reason, it is worthwhile to prepare carefully for important situations. For many professional company spokespersons, company representatives and politicians, the impact analysis is part of the preparation.

Even many experienced speakers are not so experienced when it comes to media appearances. It does not belong to everyday life for everyone. To master such situations you need to be sovereign in front of the camera and studio situations, provocative journalist questions and vehement attacks of an opponent in a debate or podium discussion.

Better safe than sorry. Afterward, we are often smarter, but then it is a bit too late. Better: An impact analysis provides a speaker with professional feedback before the actual event. Get feedback before the critics get their turn. Why should you take unnecessary risks? Why should you give up a successful performance? Prepare for crucial situations. Rehearse. Get feedback for it. This allows you to experience the impact beforehand and to optimize it if necessary.

 

 

 

Elements of impact analysis

 

  • Voice
  • Body language
  • Stage presence, enthusiasm, and credibility
  • Choice of words and style
  • Emotional response
  • Arguments and strategy
  • Red thread and structure
  • Key messages
  • Professional repartee
  • Risk analysis
  • Foreseeable effects
  • Act in front of a microphone and camera
  • Dealing with provocative questions and attacks

 

 

 

Your impact analysis

 

How are you perceived and what can you improve to convincingly present yourself and your message?

Based on your impact analysis, you receive recommendations that help you to optimize your appearance. If you wish, you will receive targeted support for your sovereignty, charisma, and self-marketing for speeches and media appearances. I support you from the impact analysis, optimization up to the dress rehearsal or even the accompaniment to the performance. You decide!

The impact analysis can be booked individually from a duration of 60 minutes or is the beginning of more comprehensive support for the preparation of an event. This is also possible with sessions via telephone or with video support.

You decide how extensive the analysis is. Many factors affect how you are perceived. Here are examples:

 

 

 

1. Direct analysis

 

A brief meeting is enough to get your first feedback on how you affect other people. You will learn from me immediately a lot about your verbal and body language effect, as well as ways to improve.

 

 

 

2. Evaluation of events

 

In addition to the direct analysis, various sources can be consulted; Recordings of interviews, TV appearances, speeches, social media, etc.

 

 

 

3. Qualitative interviews

 

Qualitative interviews with relevant target groups are used to analyze interesting aspects.

Then you will receive your personal and honest impact analysis. The whole truth or perception of your person!

 

 

 

4. Feedback

 

With this feedback and recommendations, you’ll have what you need to know when you choose to balance expectations with you and your demeanor to reach and convince your audience.

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

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How well do you actually know yourself? What would you like to know about yourself and how you are perceived by other people?

To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.

 Socrates

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Public speaking: Keeping it simple doesn’t mean you’re stupid

Public speaking: Keeping it simple doesn't mean you're stupid

Keeping it simple requires confidence and humility
Keeping It Simple Doesn't Mean You're Stupid

Simplicity in speeches and presentations

 

One should choose the simplest explanation of a phenomenon, the one that requires the fewest leaps of logic. The more complex something is, the easier we should explain it.

Overview

Of each particular thing, ask: “What is it in itself, in its own construction?”

Marcus Aurelius

Simplicity

 

One should choose the simplest explanation of a phenomenon, the one that requires the fewest leaps of logic. Or in other words; “Keep it simple, stupid!”. Good old Albert Einstein meant; “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

 

Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.

C. W. Ceran

 

Instead of buying the book with the title How can I sound sophisticated and irritate my audience I recommend to choose simplicity. The truth is that it takes trust and humility to keep it simple. We can all benefit if we can realize that we don’t have to talk like a super genius to be considered intelligent. There is a much greater genius in our ability to keep it simple. Remember that many of the world’s most difficult problems have been solved with the simplest solutions. 

Preparation of important speeches and presentations

 

Those who do not speak are not heard and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered. 

You want to convince with your message and also as a personality? Then I will help you to prepare your speeches and presentations. You determine the scope. At least I recommend a test run with professional feedback for you and your message. Then you will know how you and your content are perceived, what you should do and what you should leave out, where there is potential. Why do you want to get such helpful feedback so late after your real performance? Then it is too late for adjustments. Benefit from the advantage. My definition of luck: Preparation meets opportunity.

You can best estimate for yourself where the effort is worthwhile concerning the expected benefit. Here you will find the fees for my support (communication, psychology, language, structure, voice, body language, storytelling, rhetorical means, media such as PowerPoint and Co., etc.)

You are not in Berlin right now? Then choose meetings with me via telephone or video support. Whereby there are quite good reasons for a trip to Berlin.

By the way, many people suffer from such intense stage fright in front of an audience and therefore their performance lags behind their possibilities. Too bad, because with my help a performance in a good condition is possible. Just in case...

A good start: Professional feedback with recommendations for improvements

 

How convincing are you and your messages in speeches and presentations? How good are you in the 111+ most important presentation skills? I have been analyzing speeches since 1998. After evaluating 14,375 speeches and presentations, I can tell you very precisely what has which effect on which audience. Let me give you the feedback that will help you get ahead. You will receive essential feedback and recommendations, as well as the impulses you need to convince your audience in concrete situations.

Are you interested? Then you will find here the information on feedback with recommendations for improvements of speeches and presentations.

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

P.S.

 

Do you sometimes wish others would explain complex concepts in a more understandable way?

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci

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How about your core message? Simplicity and impact in speeches and presentations.

How About Your Core Message? Simplicity And Impact In Speeches And Presentations.

Have a key message
Simplicity And Response

Focus on the core of your speech: The key message

 

Key or core messages create focus, control, and intensity in influencing your target audiences. How to create compelling key messages in speeches and presentations.

The focus in speeches and presentations

 

In speeches and presentations, it happens often. One exciting idea, then another, and another and another… Pretty soon, the audience is more or less confused. It’s important to remember that your audiences have short attention spans. We all do. Your messages need to cut through all the noise.

Many public speakers forget to choose carefully the big point, the core message — the heart, soul, and center — of their speech.

With a core message, your messages will stay on track and make sure you’re communicating the right thing to the right people.

 

 

 

Simplicity and response

 

Simplicity and response are qualities that measure the true value of any work of art.

Frank Lloyd Wright

 

This is also true for a good speech. Making a presentation simple requires more thinking than just talking around. You might be concerned that in your quest to make your presentation simple, you’ll dumb it down. Yes, simplicity is a complex undertaking. You cannot reach simplicity without understanding the complexity and subtleties of your topic.

Your job is to make the complex easily graspable to your audience by arriving at that simplicity. Therefore, you have to know your audience well enough to craft a presentation that clearly and effectively helps make their lives better in a way that matters to them. So you need to know what your audience desires and connect that with your expertise, as a starting place.

 

 

 

The core message of your speech

 

The core of your idea is the core of your presentation. Express that core in one simple and specific sentence, as the core message.

 

Step by step:

 

1. Know your audience

 

Do a thorough audience analysis so you’re intimately connected with what this audience needs and desires.

 

 

 

2. Sync

 

Look for the areas within those audience needs and desires that sync up with your rooftop message. How can you genuinely and significantly help your audience with your expertise?

 

 

 

3. Voila; the core message

 

Craft a core message as a promise. Have a core message that solves a problem your audience care about and build your presentation around that promise.

Make sure that the core message focus on your audience instead of yourself.

 

 

 

So what?

 

Strive to make sure your key points and especially your core message truly sink in and avoid anything that doesn’t directly support those key messages.

 

A good core message…

  • … is clear, concise, compelling, with a strong call to action.
  • … concentrates on the core.
  • … is short and focused.

 

Preparation of important speeches and presentations

 

Those who do not speak are not heard and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered. 

You want to convince with your message and also as a personality? Then I will help you to prepare your speeches and presentations. You determine the scope. At least I recommend a test run with professional feedback for you and your message. Then you will know how you and your content are perceived, what you should do and what you should leave out, where there is potential. Why do you want to get such helpful feedback so late after your real performance? Then it is too late for adjustments. Benefit from the advantage. My definition of luck: Preparation meets opportunity.

You can best estimate for yourself where the effort is worthwhile concerning the expected benefit. Here you will find the fees for my support (communication, psychology, language, structure, voice, body language, storytelling, rhetorical means, media such as PowerPoint and Co., etc.)

You are not in Berlin right now? Then choose meetings with me via telephone or video support. Whereby there are quite good reasons for a trip to Berlin.

By the way, many people suffer from such intense stage fright in front of an audience and therefore their performance lags behind their possibilities. Too bad, because with my help a performance in a good condition is possible. Just in case...

A good start: Professional feedback with recommendations for improvements

 

How convincing are you and your messages in speeches and presentations? How good are you in the 111+ most important presentation skills? I have been analyzing speeches since 1998. After evaluating 14,375 speeches and presentations, I can tell you very precisely what has which effect on which audience. Let me give you the feedback that will help you get ahead. You will receive essential feedback and recommendations, as well as the impulses you need to convince your audience in concrete situations.

Are you interested? Then you will find here the information on feedback with recommendations for improvements of speeches and presentations.

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You need a vision and here is how with step-by-step guide incl. vision board

You need a vision and here is how with step-by-step guide incl. vision board

Do you have a clear vision for your life?
You Need A Vision

Vision

 

This guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to craft a compelling personal vision. There are a few essential steps if you want to design a powerful vision. And how about a vision board?

So what is your vision? 

 

The older we get, the faster time seems to pass. Before we know it, the ambitions, hopes, and dreams of our youth become absorbed and forgotten in the background of life. Forgotten dreams … until one day we reflect and wonder if we should have done things differently. Questions pop up like: Did I choose the right path? Is it too late to be what I wanted to be?

 

 

 

Is it too late?

 

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

I want to encourage you that, no matter how old you are or what you’ve been through, follow your destiny and purpose that will satisfy you. What is life without fulfillment?

So what is your vision?
If you don’t have a vision, it’s time for you to get one!

 

 

 

How to create your vision

 

A vision doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be just about anything.

Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight – envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. The best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. If it is right for you, it will resonate with your values and ideals and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to exploring the possibilities of your life.

A vision is like any journey – you need to begin with the end in mind. When you’ve created your vision, imagine what it will feel like when you achieve it. What does that result mean to you and others? Describe the scenario in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture, a scenario. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel.

 

 

 

The journey

 

Many people have trouble seeing the potential of their dreams; they give up on them because they don’t see how they will ever come true. Yes, there is a difference between a dream, a vision, and goals. To make your vision comes true, you have to do something. Otherwise, they are only dreams.

Vision goes hand in hand with committed action. Visions are always based on giving and creating, not on getting and having. The journey toward our plans, goals, and visions is just as important as the destination itself. The journey is what builds our patience, faith, endurance, and self-discipline – our personality.

Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees, but you are equipped with gifts and talents to achieve our visions. The dreams that you have are there for a reason: to be realized as a part of fulfilling your life purpose.

As your journey begins, make decisions that are in alignment with your vision. This may not always be easy you may become abundantly aware of how things are in contrast to the vision you’ve created.

Choose and improve your strategy, wisely. Vision and strategy are both important. But there is a priority to them. Vision always comes first. Always! If you have a clear vision, you will eventually attract the right strategy. If you don’t have a clear vision, no strategy will save you.

 

 

 

Step by step

 

Goals quantify and define the steps you must take. They are the signposts that let you know you are moving in the right direction. I recommend using a special format for your goals; the SMART-Format for well-formed goals. It helps you ensure that the goal you are setting is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. 

 

 

 

State the goal in the positive

 

Describe the present situation and compare it with the desired future goal.

  • Where are you now?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • What do you want?
  • State your goals in the positive and describe what you want to achieve instead of what you want to avoid.
  • What are you going toward?

 

 

 

Use sensory-based evidence to define your goal

 

  • What will you see, hear, feel, etc., when you have it?
  • What steps or stages are involved in reaching this goal?
  • Engage all of your senses in this description process to employ more of your brain and nervous system.
  • Breaking down your goal into manageable steps makes it easier.
  • What are the sizes of the behavioral chunks? Could the size possibly overwhelm you?

 

 

 

Specify the goal in a compelling way

 

  • Is the goal compelling?
  • Does it pull on you?
  • Make it a compelling future representation that’s dissociated.

 

 

 

Double-check

 

Make sure that your goal works for you in all areas of your life.

 

  • Is the desired goal right for you in all circumstances of your life?
  • Is your goal appropriate in all your relationships?
  • What will reaching your goal gives you that you do not now have?
  • What will reaching your goal cause you to lose?
  • Is your goal achievable?
  • Does it respect your health, relationships and other relevant areas of your life?
  • Pay attention to how your whole self responds to the question in terms of images, sounds, words, and sensations within you.

 

 

 

Self-initiated and maintained

 

  • Is the goal something that you can initiate yourself and maintain?
  • Test your goal by asking if it is something that you have within your power or ability to do.
  • Is it within your control?
    Your goal must be something that you can initiate and maintain. It must not be something dependent on other people. Make sure that your goal reflects things that you can directly affect.
  • Is it self-initiated and maintained?

 

 

 

State the context of the goal

 

  • Where, when, how, with whom, etc. will you get this goal?
  • Is your goal appropriately contextualized?
  • Test your goal by applying it to relevant contexts.
  • Readjust your goal until it fits.

 

 

 

State the resources you need

 

  • What resources will you need to reach this goal?
  • Who will you have to become?
  • Who else has achieved this goal?
  • Have you ever had or done this before?
  • What prevents you from moving toward it and attaining it now?

 

 

 

Evidence procedure

 

  • How will you know that your goal has been realized?
  • What will let you know that you have attained that desired state?

How about a vision board?

 

A vision board is typically a poster board on which you paste or collage images that you’ve torn out from various magazines. 

A vision board intends to program your subconscious mind. When you surround yourself with images of who you want to become, what you want to gain, where and how you want to live, or where you want to go on vacation, your subconscious mind wants to match those images and those desires.

 

 

 

 

How to make a vision board in 5 steps

 

Step 1

 

Organize a big stack of different magazines, poster board, and glue.

 

 

Step 2

 

Let yourself have fun looking through magazines and pulling out pictures or words or headlines that you like.

 

 

 

Step 3

 

Examine the images and begin to lay your favorites on the board. Put away any images that no longer feel right. While you lay the pictures on the board, you’ll get a sense of how the board should be laid out. Find your way how to organize your vision board.

 

 

Step 4

 

Glue the images onto the board.

 

 

 

Step 5

 

Choose a place for your vision board where you will see it often.

 

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

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15 Tips for your speech writing – step by step

15 Tips For Your Speech Writing - Step By Step

Interested in better speech writing? How to write a good speech
Interested In Better Speech Writing?

Better speech writing

 

Learn how to solve speech writing problems in all phase of the speech writing process. How to write a speech – step by step.

 

15 Tips for your speech writing – step by step

 

In case you want your speeches to do more than just present information you will find here some tips. Yes, successful speeches are written to inform, but also to motivate, inspire and engage your audience. When crafting your next speech, follow these essential steps to maximize your impact.

 

 

 

1. Identify your objective

 

Be sure you know what that your objective is and how you can meet the expectations of your audience. What are the takeaways you want from your speech? What’s the objective you can realistically hope to achieve?

With the objectives in mind, you know where you’re headed and write your speech with a purpose.

 

 

 

2. Know your audience

 

Do your homework. Everything you know in advance will help you to create a powerful speech. Some questions you must answer before you even touch the keyboard:

  • Who is your audience?
  • Why are they in the audience?
  • And what do they want?

 

Writing a speech involves meeting the expectations of your audience, whether it is to inform, motivate, entertain, or even challenge. Do it in the right tone.

 

 

 

3. Get an overview and collect the content

 

I recommend using Mind Mapping to get an overview and to collect the potential elements.

 

 

 

4. Have one clear message

 

What do you want the people to think, feel or do after your speech?

In case you could only deliver one sentence to your audience, what would it be? Condense your speech into one sentence. This is your core message.

 

 

 

5. Choose the best arguments

 

Collect as many arguments as you can find. Make sure you know the relevant pros and cons. What are the key arguments that support your main message?

 

 

 

6. Use a good structure

 

In case you think back on a terrible speech. What caused you to lose interest? Chances are, the speaker veered off a logical path. You need to choose a clear path and a destination. Your audience wants to know where you’re going and why. Therefore, set the expectation near your opening on what you’ll be covering.

There are plenty of commonsense structures to choose from. The problem and solution are one. Opportunity and leverage are another. The pros and cons are a third. How about the classical structure: Introduction – Body – Conclusion? Use the KaNo-structure or simply list your points in numerical order.

 

 

 

7. Write

 

With that preparation, it will be easy to start writing the first draft.

By the way: Sometimes I don’t write the first draft on a keyboard. Speaking, recording and transcribing can lead to a more natural style.

 

 

 

8. Review the content in different ways

 

Each way to review the speech offers another insight. I see different things when the speech is printed on paper in comparison when I work on it on a computer screen.

When I review the content out loud I realize what may work and what doesn’t. This way I get a sense of which words are powerful, and which are fluff and should be removed or replaced.

 

 

 

9. Rewrite and rewrite and …

 

While you write and revise, focus on structuring and simplifying. Remove anything extraneous, contradictory, or confusing. If something doesn’t help you get your core message across, drop it.

 

 

 

10. Use transitions

 

Use transitional phrases to signal intent.

 

 

 

11. Have a great opening

 

Make sure you have the attention of your audience when you present your message. Capitalize on the goodwill and momentum you’ll enjoy in your earliest moments in front of your audience.

Ways to open with your speech or presentation:

  • Storytelling
  • Visualize an extraordinary scenario.
  • Statement
    A statement or phrase can catch the audience’s attention by keeping them guessing what you’re about to say next.
  • Use an interesting question.
  • Pause
    Silence brings attention to you.
  • What if…
    Asking a “what if” question invites the audience to follow your thought process.
  • Statistic
    Using a surprising, powerful, personalized statistic that resonates with the audience will get your message across right away.

 

Planing the opening is an important part of speech writing.

 

 

 

12. Be memorable

 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a metaphor is worth a thousand pictures. Therefore use storytelling, metaphors, surprise to make a lasting impression on your audience.

 

 

 

13. Keep it as short as possible

 

The attention of your audience will naturally wane after a few minutes. They have a lot of other things to do many user issues to think about. The longer you speak, the more competitive with other priorities. So make your points and sit down.

 

 

 

14. Have an effective final moment

 

It happens way too often: Public speaker begins their speech with a compelling opening. They cruise confidently into the body. Then they run out of gas as they come to the close of their speech. Your ending is what the audience will ultimately talk about when they head out the door. Make a strong call to action.

 

 

 

15. Strive for authenticity

 

Write your speech in a way that sounds authentic. Most people tend to write in another style than they do when speaking to someone else personally. A good speaker needs to be honest, to speak with conviction, to be real. Therefore use your language.

Are you interested in better speech writing and presenting?

 

Are you frustrated because your speeches lack the quality you are looking for?
Are you tired of rewriting speeches at the last minute?
Do you want to improve the way you deliver speeches?

 

How much do mediocre speeches and presentations costing you?

Bad speeches are costing you. People aren’t hearing you and because of that, you’re missing out. You’re missing out on new customers, on that promotion you’ve been waiting for and on opportunities to educate and motivate.

What would it mean to you and your organization if you could improve the quality of your speeches and reduce the amount of time it took to produce them. What would that mean in terms of saved time, stress and money? And what would it mean to deliver speeches that resonate better with audiences? Speeches that make audiences stand up and take action?

Are you interested? I solve speech writing problems for individuals and high-level organizations at all points of the speech writing process.

Many of my clients request great speeches written on high-profile occasions. Others value my help to transform their current speech or presentation to the next step. Most of my clients also benefit from my specific speech delivery coaching and training. My clients told me that working with me not only helped them improve the quality of their speeches but reduced immensely the time it takes to produce a speech. This saves you time, money and stress. Your speeches will also resonate better with audiences, boost your career and support your brand.

To find out more about how I can help you, click here.

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Good speakers will offer additional perspectives

Good Speakers Will Offer Additional Perspectives

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Offer an additional perspective

 

Enrich the mind of your audience by offering additional perspectives.

 

I hope your speech provides interesting insights

 

Does your speech offer some new insights to the audience? Do you invite them to explore another point of view? Or do you try to force them to accept your point of view? That may lead to even more resistance. A large part of whether or not persuasion is effective is based on the general rapport between you and your audience. If you don’t know them well, it’s imperative to start building this rapport immediately. First, you have to find common ground as soon as possible. Therefore you have to start listening instead of leading. If you can identify ways to connect with your listeners, you can make your speech interesting and useful. 

 

 

 

Help your audience to listen

 

A good strategy for communicating more effectively is to help your audience listen more effectively. To make your message more attractive, you have to be able to understand it from your listeners’ perspective.

 

 

 

You are the expert and you have something to offer

 

Your audience prefers another solution as you do? Present the alternatives to your favorite solution. Invite the audience to explore them together with you. First talk about the pros and then about the cons of that solution. This way they will see you as an expert because you are. Finally, explore your solution with them while using all relevant senses. When they see and feel your arguments themselves and they will make the arguments their own. When your suggestion is worth you have a high chance that they will support it. And their decision last!

Preparation of important speeches and presentations

 

Those who do not speak are not heard and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered. 

You want to convince with your message and also as a personality? Then I will help you to prepare your speeches and presentations. You determine the scope. At least I recommend a test run with professional feedback for you and your message. Then you will know how you and your content are perceived, what you should do and what you should leave out, where there is potential. Why do you want to get such helpful feedback so late after your real performance? Then it is too late for adjustments. Benefit from the advantage. My definition of luck: Preparation meets opportunity.

You can best estimate for yourself where the effort is worthwhile concerning the expected benefit. Here you will find the fees for my support (communication, psychology, language, structure, voice, body language, storytelling, rhetorical means, media such as PowerPoint and Co., etc.)

You are not in Berlin right now? Then choose meetings with me via telephone or video support. Whereby there are quite good reasons for a trip to Berlin.

By the way, many people suffer from such intense stage fright in front of an audience and therefore their performance lags behind their possibilities. Too bad, because with my help a performance in a good condition is possible. Just in case...

A good start: Professional feedback with recommendations for improvements

 

How convincing are you and your messages in speeches and presentations? How good are you in the 111+ most important presentation skills? I have been analyzing speeches since 1998. After evaluating 14,375 speeches and presentations, I can tell you very precisely what has which effect on which audience. Let me give you the feedback that will help you get ahead. You will receive essential feedback and recommendations, as well as the impulses you need to convince your audience in concrete situations.

Are you interested? Then you will find here the information on feedback with recommendations for improvements of speeches and presentations.

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Does your speech offer some new insights to the audience? Do you invite them to explore another point of view? Or do you try to force them to accept your point of view?

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Present the benefits in the beginning of your pitch

Present The Benefits In The Beginning Of Your Pitch

Presentation skills
 
The opening of your pitch

The opening of your pitch

 

There are many strategies to consider in opening your pitch. Think about it twice, because those first minutes can make or break you.

Overview

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Leonardo da Vinci

Pitching business ideas

 

Pitching business ideas is becoming more of an art. Given how easy it is to get distracted as a human being, you must learn the best ways to captivate your audience from the start. To do this, some strategies have been proven to work. 

Too many presenters start with the typical introduction and dive right into the sections of the business. Then they state the problem, then the solution, team and so on. This is a surefire way to kill the entire room from boredom. Instead, grab the attention of your audience from the beginning and don’t lose it until the end.

There are some strategies and structures that have been proven to work. No single one is best, so it is important to them wisely. Most of them have one thing in common; they raise the level of curiosity right from the beginning to the max!

Benefits go into the opening of your pitch because the most important thing your audience will think is; “What’s in it for me?”. The only thing your audience cares about is; “Will this work for me?”.

When pitching someone it is easy to just start blurting out your idea and delving straight into the details. But just because you are partial to a particular design or style does not mean others will share your sensibilities.

Think twice

 

There are many strategies to consider in opening your pitch. Think about it twice, because those first minutes can make or break you. 

Regardless of the strategy, the direction of what you want to say should be heavily influenced by the takeaway.

The takeaway is that one thing you want the prospect to remember after listening to your pitch. It needs to be very important to the client. And hopefully, it will differentiate you from competitors.

Develop the takeaway by asking yourself what is the one thing that could be most memorable about what you want to say. Then ask yourself why you want that point to be remembered. Keep asking that question of every answer until you are expressing what the benefit of the takeaway is for the client. Then build your opening around that.

There are lots of reasons you might not win a pitch, because of the price, personal chemistry, and your background. But, you should never lose a pitch because you presented poorly.

Preparation of important speeches and presentations

 

Those who do not speak are not heard and even those who speak up are not always successful. There are a few more steps that need to be mastered. 

You want to convince with your message and also as a personality? Then I will help you to prepare your speeches and presentations. You determine the scope. At least I recommend a test run with professional feedback for you and your message. Then you will know how you and your content are perceived, what you should do and what you should leave out, where there is potential. Why do you want to get such helpful feedback so late after your real performance? Then it is too late for adjustments. Benefit from the advantage. My definition of luck: Preparation meets opportunity.

You can best estimate for yourself where the effort is worthwhile concerning the expected benefit. Here you will find the fees for my support (communication, psychology, language, structure, voice, body language, storytelling, rhetorical means, media such as PowerPoint and Co., etc.)

You are not in Berlin right now? Then choose meetings with me via telephone or video support. Whereby there are quite good reasons for a trip to Berlin.

By the way, many people suffer from such intense stage fright in front of an audience and therefore their performance lags behind their possibilities. Too bad, because with my help a performance in a good condition is possible. Just in case...

A good start: Professional feedback with recommendations for improvements

 

How convincing are you and your messages in speeches and presentations? How good are you in the 111+ most important presentation skills? I have been analyzing speeches since 1998. After evaluating 14,375 speeches and presentations, I can tell you very precisely what has which effect on which audience. Let me give you the feedback that will help you get ahead. You will receive essential feedback and recommendations, as well as the impulses you need to convince your audience in concrete situations.

Are you interested? Then you will find here the information on feedback with recommendations for improvements of speeches and presentations.

Just ask me personally

 

Let's get into a conversation. Please post any questions that may be interesting for other readers in the comments. If you are interested in coaching or training, for personal questions about that and appointments you can reach me best by e-mail (mail@karstennoack.com), phone +49(0)30 864 213 68, and mobile phone +49(0)1577 704 53 56.

Please read the information about the privacy policy.

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What do you think is the best way to start with a pitch?

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