Jul 16
PAUSE-Give Folks a Water Break During Your Teleseminar
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Water breaks are important during long teleseminars. If you are conducting a teleseminar that will last more than an hour PAUSE. During the short break they can:

  • Grab something to drink
  • Empty the bladder
  • Stretch
  • Hug the hubby, wife, children . mom or dog, etc

As the presenter you can:

  • Stop the recording
  • Review you upcoming notes and decide if anything needs to be deleted
  • Grab water at room temp
  • Stretch
  • Hug hubby, wife, children ,mom, dog, etc
  • Empty bladder

I suggest starting the next segment with a short review keeping an energetic and upbeat vocal tone. Provide the excitment that will assure them that the best is still yet to come.

What are your thoughts?

Apr 17
Point Out Your Mistakes And Teach A Lesson
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Point out your mistakes when you are speaking and teach a powerful lesson.

You are doing a teleseminar when all of a sudden instead of pressing the speaker button you press the mute button. No one hears you. Yet, you get rapid messages via your email, or the teleseminar system you are using saying that they cannot hear you?

Of course you are not happy about this but there is little time for red faces or sad commentaries on your feelings of failure. You unpress the mute button and explain what happened.  Use it as an opportunity to share what could have happened if you decided to ignore it or did not continue to moniter the screen for messages and questions.

Of course there a lots of mistakes you can make while speaking online but it is all part of the expertise grooming. And trust me when I say even the top experts still make mistakes.

Feb 6
Punching-Come Out Doing It On Your Next Online Presentation
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Punch your listening audience in the jaw, face, and whole body when you start your online presentation. Consider  There are  7 PAINLESS ways, I suggest, you can engage your audience in the beginning of your presentation.

1. Showcase upbeat music for your listening audience before you even open your mouth.

2. Identify the name of the broadcast before you say your own name.

3. Pick up the pitch of your voice when you say the name.

4. Introduce yourself and your topic as if you were introducing a star.

5. Consider asking a question before you go into your topic.

6. Consider telling a really short anecdote and transition to your topic.

7. Use a rhythmic style when doing all of the above.

These suggested strategies can engage your audience in the very beginning of your presentation and keep them listening longer. The only thing that will HURT will be boredom.

Give them a try.

Do you want some audio illustrations?

Jan 23

I am on Ellen Britt’s mailing list and for the very first time I listened to her preview call on doing Teleseminars. She impressed me because:

1. She takes time to spell out url’s

2. She is authentic

3. She uses great vocal variety.

4. She provides good content with inspiration as well as a healthy dose of persuasion. 

So, keep in touch and listen to her calls, etc.

You can follow her on Twitter

Jan 20
Peek Over The Shoulder Of Good Online Marketing Presenters-Jeanette Cates
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There are so many good and great online marketers that present very well. My challenge for you is to listen and analyze what they do and how they do it. Ok, lets take someone like Dr. Jeanette Cates. She is a great presenter. 

This is my assessment of her some of her skills. I have not looked at her platform skills but I can share a lot about her online presence.  Here are  things that I think she does quite well.

1.  She listens to your questions and attempts to respond with the right answer.

2. Her voice tone is not hurried but encouraging you to try the sometimes daunting tasks.

3.  Her energy level is high without sounding like she had too much coffee or cocaine.

4.  She defines her terms not assuming that everyone will understand them

5. She involves her audience in the training by asking questions via online polls during her webinars.

7. Her vocal inflection gives a high level of importance and meaning to her words.

8. She shows concern for her audience. She dosen’t sound like the “Show me the money” type of presenter.

9.  She spells out all of her url’s if they are not shown on the screen. She will, at times, also spell them  out for listeners who are driving and not close to their computers.

10.   She challenges her students with ACTION STEPS  within a defined time period.

Ok, that was only 1o there are more. But if you want to experiance some of her material you can grab a free special report and e-course. Hopefully, you will also sign  up for one of her teleseminars.

My hubby and I took here online basic training so we have first hand experiance with her their expertise.

Keep peeking over the shoulders of those you hear. Observe how well they are presenting to you. Also, assess the things they are doing that you do not want to add to your tool box of delivery skills

Jan 5
Pull Back and Breath During Your Next Fast-Paced Presentation
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Have you ever heard internet marketers who sound as if they have to go to the bathroom or catch the train. they are rushing through their material and breathing very fast. If you listen closely you can even hear them swallow in the middle of a sentence because they ran out of air.

A simple solution is to stop, pause and breath. It is also better to breath from the diaphragm rather than from your chest where you will sound like you are running out of air. Now, does it stop folks from hanging on to your money making suggestions? NO, they will still cling to every breath and even offer you a virtual glass of water if you start coughing as long as you don’t stop.

But it can hurt you and future preformance. So please stop and breath.

You can still share a great deal of information with your audience without sounding rushed or manic.

Dec 30
Pause Before You Say Ah,Ok,So, You Know and Other Filler Words
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Toastmasters Has The Right Idea

Pause the next time you are tempted to use a filler word. Toastmasters has the right idea. Each meeting there is an Ah counter. Their job is to listen for filler words made during a presentation. Believe it or not, even words like “okey”, “and everything” used to transition between thoughts can be interruptive.

Often folks are uncomfortable with the silence and feel as if every space must be used with words. When the right word escapes them that is where the filler words come to the rescue. Instead, consider pausing, breath and then speaking.

Listen to Your Recordings

Take a few minutes to listen to one of your last recordings. Did you have places where a simple pause could have replaced your filler word? Did you sound as if you lost your place or thought? Did it sound as if you did not sound confident?

Dec 21
Put Dynamic Interaction in Your Live Presentation With a Questionnaire
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So you have been asked to get away from your computer and phone to do a live presentation.

Did you know that a simple survey can pump up the volume in your workshop regardless of the topic?  Plus, the questionnaire will help you stay focused on your presentation outline.

I have found that a questionnaire given prior to the presentation can provide a strategic outline. The number of questions should be based on the amount of time that will be spent on the session. The order of the questions should reflect the order of the intended presentation.

As the answers are reviewed for each question additional material is provided, if needed. Incentives for each correct answer and encouragement for the efforts are critical for this technique.

How many questions are required?

The number of questions will depend upon the time you have to conduct the workshop. I would suggest using five questions if you only have one hour. If you have more than an hour to conduct the presentation consider using 10 questions.

What things are important to remember in the questionnaire development?

• Construct TRUE OR FALSE questions rather than open-ended or multiple choice. This will enable the respondents to answer the questions quickly.

• Arrange the questions in the order of your presentation. For example, if you plan to cover the definition of Brain Injury at the beginning of your presentation then develop a question related to a popular myth regarding the subject. Note: Each question should relate to a topic on your presentation outline.

• Construct questions that will enable you to transition to a prop, demonstration, video or lecture.

• Use “audience friendly words” in your questionnaire. These are words that will be understood by your audience. They may have a technical term but that term can be used to introduce a definition. For example, blogging  means….true or false?

• Decide on the supporting handouts and materials that will reinforce your topic point related to the question.

What are some suggestions for making the process engaging?

• Offer a grand prize for anyone who gets all of the questions correct. This will instill in each person the desire to hear the entire presentation to assess if they have won the prize.

• Use the honor system and allow people to provide the correct answer verbally while keeping their papers. This will encourage involvement.

• Ask, “How many of you said true?” How many said false?” Then give the correct answer. Ask someone to share their reasoning for the answer.

• Provide a prize for people who have a good answer. Note: Prizes can be those incentives related to your topic that you were planning to distribute. For example, if you give out pins with your blog site message on it then provide it at selected times during your presentation. Be sure that every participant receives the pen before they leave the presentation.

• Acknowledge everyone by giving them a prize. If you have given a prize to all the people who say they have gotten all the answers right then also give a different prize to those who have less that perfect scores.

The questionnaire strategy not only gives you an opportunity to present your material in a creative way but it will increase the involvement of your audience.

Dec 7

I recently listened to a content filled interview on a very interesting online marketing topic. Thank goodness the expert that was interviewed kept things flowing. But the interviewer sounded as if they were doing Twitter posts or texting on a Blackberry during the interview.

The result was long pauses, monotone expressions and a clear lack of presence.  I have three suggestions:

1. Listen to your last recorded interview as if you were tuning in to the show. Observe the timing, pauses, lack of pauses and length of each pause.

2. Prepare a written script of your questions in large font size. Number each page and slide the paper over rather than turning.

3.  Focus on what the interviewee is saying. Show enthusiam in your voice.

Ok, that is all for now. But would love to know things you have observed or heard during teleseminar interviews.

Have you ever heard that during a teleseminar interview?

Dec 5
Pretend You Are Alert , Awake and About to Go on Stage
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If you don’t feel like doing your presentation at 9 or 10 at night pretend that you do. In other words, many of you will, or are, doing teleseminars, online webinars or live presentations at hours that are reserved for watching a good movie with popcorn.

You may not have all the energy you want in your body. If there is no energy it will show in your voice. I am suggesting that if you are tired, emotionally or physically, pretend that you aren’t. Wash your face, drink some water and you are ready for show time.

Approach your teleseminar, webinar or late evening presentation with the energy of an actor. Condition yourself to smile, take a deep breath and put vocal variety in your presentation.

Now of course you should not do presentations when you are very tired. Part of the planning process is getting the right kind of rest. But there will be times when you could not get the right rest but you have a presentation scheduled. And I am saying to fake it! Act like you are not tired and deliver  your presentation with caring energy and enthusiam.

I strongly suggest a few stretches,and movement minutes before you speak. Also, keep a glass of wather with lemon , at room temp. near you. Shake your body like a fighter before the fight and come out punching.

Your audience deserves it.

What do you think?

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