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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:::: 180 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:::: 55 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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Storytelling Exercise for Kids: Puppet Show

Storytelling Exercise for Kids: Puppet Show
Public Speaking, Exercises, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 67 Ratings :::: Monday, July 8, 2013

Storytelling and the ability to develop a character is an important part of a child’s development. This exercise helps kids telling a story without worrying about not knowing where to start.

Here, you provide a set of random characters so each person has a doll, a puppet or an action figure in his hands. The story is then primed based on what they have got. It will also make it easier for them to develop the story when they have a physical representation of the character in their hands. Kids also get to practice puppeteering while going through their storytelling which further immerses them in the story and engages more of their senses.

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Personal Impact Exercise: How to Improve Diction

Personal Impact Exercise: How to Improve Diction
Public Speaking, Exercises, Communication Skills, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 56 Ratings :::: Monday, June 10, 2013

Good diction is about the art of speaking clearly so that you are understood to the fullest. Good diction is more about the tone of voice, the distinctiveness of speech and the pronunciation as opposed to choice of words or sentences. 

Many problems can contribute to poor diction such as low level of voice, repeating words and phrases, using filler phrases such as “you know what I mean” and strong accents.

However, research shows that one of the most common causes of having poor diction is the use of filling words such as “um”, “uh”, “so” and similar. English speakers are particularly keen users of these filler words and the equivalents in other languages are also used regularly. 

This exercise helps delegates practice reducing the frequency of saying “um” and thereby helps them to improve their diction.

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Public Speaking Exercise: Impromptu Story Telling

Public Speaking Exercise: Impromptu Story Telling
Public Speaking, Exercises, Presentation Skills, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 201 Ratings :::: Monday, April 22, 2013

This exercise allows delegates to practice speaking in public or in front of a group without the pressure associated with public speaking. The pace of the exercise is very fast and hence delegates do not have enough time to get scared or nervous about speaking in public. Instead, the exercise encourages them to focus entirely on the task which is an impromptu presentation based on a random number of concepts.

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Goal Setting Exercise: Standing Ovation

Goal Setting Exercise: Standing Ovation
Public Speaking, Exercises, Coaching, Motivation, Goal Setting, Appraisal

Article Rating:::: 54 Ratings :::: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fast forward to an imaginary future. You are receiving a standing ovation. The applause does not seem to stop. People admire you and your achievement. You are the centre of attention at this moment.

Full immersion in this simple visualisation can create a wonderful and positive feeling. This exercise helps to turn this energy into something that will benefit people by getting them closer to this dream.

This technique is particularly useful for those who might be wondering what they want to do in life or thinking that what they are currently doing is not what they want to do forever. By focusing on an emotional event such as receiving a standing ovation, you can focus their thoughts towards what they truly like as opposed to getting carried away by their current limitations or past direction.

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Storytelling Exercise: Talk About This Topic For One Minute

Storytelling Exercise: Talk About This Topic For One Minute
Public Speaking, Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Personal Impact, Storytelling

Article Rating:::: 163 Ratings :::: Monday, February 11, 2013

This exercise can be used both as an icebreaker when you intend to get people to know each better or as a storytelling exercise. You can bias the exercise based on your chosen topics. This exercise is also ideal for team building.

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How to Become a Master Trainer by Learning from Master Gamers

How to Become a Master Trainer by Learning from Master Gamers
Public Speaking, Training Articles, Train the Trainer, Motivation, Persuasion Skills

Article Rating:::: 101 Ratings :::: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Imagine delivering a training course to delegates who are half sleep. Is there any point in carrying on? Sure enough, you still get paid for the current session; but surely that’s not your only aim when providing training.

Providing a training course is very much like playing a game. You want to win not just once, but repeatedly. When it comes to winning a particular game (say a board game such as Risk), your aim is not to win only once. Anyone can do that. You could get lucky, you could cheat or you could get away with other people’s mistakes, ignorance or simply lack of interest in the game.

The problem with this mentality is that soon, you will not have any more games to play. People will remember you as the dodgy, cheating player so they will stay away from you or will all gang up against you to make sure that you lose.

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Storytelling Exercise: Suddenly…

Storytelling Exercise: Suddenly…
Public Speaking, Exercises, Personal Impact, Storytelling, Creative Writing

Article Rating:::: 76 Ratings :::: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This is a simple storytelling exercises that forces the delegates to think of a new direction for a story every time they want to contribute to it.

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Storytelling Exercise: Make a Grand Story Based on a Series of Objects

Storytelling Exercise: Make a Grand Story Based on a Series of Objects
Public Speaking, Exercises, Personal Impact, Storytelling, Branding

Article Rating:::: 59 Ratings :::: Monday, November 19, 2012

Use this exercise on storytelling to encourage creative and spontaneous thinking. This exercise is ideal for courses such as presentation skills and public speaking as well as any course that can benefit from storytelling skills such as improving personal impact.

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