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What Are the Basic Principles of Memory

What Are the Basic Principles of Memory
Public Speaking, Exercises, Decision Making, Attention and Focus, Memory

Article Rating:::: 10 Ratings :::: Monday, June 20, 2016

This is a fantastic exercise in teaching a number of important topics related to memory and retention. The exercise is actually rather simple—going through a list of words and recalling what has been stated. However, the way the list is structured helps to cover various interesting topics in relation with memory such as the following:

  • Effect of primacy on memory
  • Effect of recency on memory
  • Repetition
  • Element of surprise
  • False-memory
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Free Speaking: Avoiding Speaker’s Block

Free Speaking: Avoiding Speaker’s Block
Public Speaking, Exercises, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 13 Ratings :::: Sunday, April 5, 2015

This is a technical activity to help avoiding speaker’s block while presenting. The aim is to follow a systematic approach in practicing over and over again until delegates are confident enough that they can deliver a speech without getting stuck. This a great activity in handling stage fright.

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Personal Impact Exercise: Just a Minute

Personal Impact Exercise: Just a Minute
Public Speaking, Exercises, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 20 Ratings :::: Monday, January 5, 2015

This is technical exercise to practice public speaking. It is designed to focus a presenter’s mind on a specific goal when giving a speech so it is delivered without pause. The exercise also helps to avoid mental blocks or the dreadful feeling of suddenly not knowing what to say or how to continue.

The exercise is loosely based on “Just a Minute”, a BBC Radio 4 radio comedy and television panel game.

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Icebreaker: This Reminds Me of…

Icebreaker: This Reminds Me of…
Public Speaking, Exercises, Icebreakers, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 26 Ratings :::: Monday, November 3, 2014

This exercise helps with creative storytelling and impromptu delivery. It can also be used as an icebreaker to help delegates learn about each other. The choice of objects dictates what kinds of areas would be covered. Choose the object based on the background of delegates as well as their age. You can also use it for an exercise on creative writing or public speaking.

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Debate Exercise: Express Your Views and Persuade People

Debate Exercise: Express Your Views and Persuade People
Public Speaking, Exercises, Assertiveness, Personal Impact, Listening Skills, Persuasion Skills

Article Rating:::: 537 Ratings :::: Monday, October 27, 2014

Being able to have an opinion about important subjects and defend that position is an incredibly important skill in life. Often, we come across such potentially heated debates during the course of a day, but the subjects are mainly to do with practical daily tasks rather than deeper philosophical issues. The solutions to such issues are usually non-obvious where many thinkers have been putting efforts in exploring them and providing insights.

This structured exercise provides an opportunity to practice debating on such topics in a controlled environment where the main focus is on the following:

  • Practice presenting a viewpoint clearly, concisely and accurately
  • Avoid exaggeration that can be used to derail a position by others
  • Not getting emotional when others disagree and instead learning to see it from their point of view
  • Have a conversation about a topic and learn something about it by listening to others
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Storytelling: Impromptu Delivery with Image

Storytelling: Impromptu Delivery with Image
Public Speaking, Exercises, Acting, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 5 Ratings :::: Monday, October 20, 2014

This is entertaining exercise on getting delegates to quickly think of a story to tell based on a visual prompt. The options allow you to bias the exercise based on what you want delegates to practice on. They can then get feedback on their storytelling.

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Acting Exercise: Impromptu Delivery

Acting Exercise: Impromptu Delivery
Public Speaking, Exercises, Body Language, Acting, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 3 Ratings :::: Monday, October 6, 2014

This entertaining exercise helps delegates practice their acting in front of an audience. Each person will be required to deliver a speech about a given topic. You can vary the exercise by expecting a specific style of speech or just leave it completely uncontrolled. It is ideal for training on acting, storytelling and public speaking.

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What Should Michael Bay Learn from This Experience

What Should Michael Bay Learn from This Experience
Public Speaking, Exercises, Personal Impact, Self-esteem

Article Rating:::: 118 Ratings :::: Monday, January 13, 2014

In 2014 Michael Bay was invited to CES2014, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Samsung was launching a new TV and had summoned the famous Hollywood director to endorse the product on stage. As usual, such marketing is intended to benefit both parties. A director endorses a new TV for a company and in exchange gets to show clips of his new movie on the TV to promote them. Everyone is a winner. Except that in this instance things didn’t quite go according to the plan.

The launch event was broadcasted live and Michael Bay was interviewed on stage. He was asked a few simple questions, all based on what was planned and presumably rehearsed before.

Perhaps it is best if you see the video of the event for yourself to see what happened on stage when Michael Bay started to answer the questions.

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How to Avoid Choking in a Public Performance

How to Avoid Choking in a Public Performance
Public Speaking, Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Personal Impact, Attention and Focus

Article Rating:::: 128 Ratings :::: Monday, September 30, 2013

You are an expert in your field. The management is very impressed with your skills and wants you to share it with others. You have been asked to give a talk to your fellow colleagues or anyone else in the company who is interested in the subject.

The day of the presentation comes. Some of your colleagues have come from other branches of your organisation to attend your talk which is part of a series of presentations. You are excited to be a presenter as this is what you always wanted to do, but you are also feeling very nervous. You have the dreaded butterflies in stomach and cannot seem to be able to shake off the nerves.

The speaker before you has now finished and it is your turn to present. You just want to get on with it now. You go on stage and set yourself up. You start the presentation while paying attention to every detail. You want to make sure your voice comes out naturally, that you are facing the audience the right way, that you are saying the sentences correctly and that you are not forgetting anything crucial.

There is also a voice in your head that constantly says, “don’t screw this up, don’t mess this up, you have got only one chance…”

Two minutes into the presentation, you suddenly feel you cannot remember what you need to say next. It’s just gone. Your mind is blank. The audience is staring at you, expecting you to say something, but you cannot think of a single word to say. You feel out of breath, almost paralyzed.

You chocked…

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Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation

Creative Writing Exercise: Setting, Reflection, Conversation
Public Speaking, Exercises, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 18 Ratings :::: Monday, August 5, 2013

This is a fun exercise where delegates get to practice creative writing in groups. Some people find writing difficult especially knowing where to start. This exercise is designed to inspire delegates and help them to write creatively by thinking of associations between prewritten passages given to them.

The writing exercise is also helpful for public speaking or impromptu speech. It helps delegates to systematically create content by getting inspired from reading other content.

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