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     How many times have you gone to a speaking engagement and their microphone doesn't work or it gives horrendous feedback? Have you have had the event planner who you worked with not show up? How about planning a hour long presentation, but their business meeting went on extra long and at the last minute the cut your time to 30 minutes? Have you ever had a heckler? 
     These and so many more situations arise. It is up to you to take control of the situation. The more prepared you are, the less you have to be concerned with the day of the event. 
     If you have other ideas that are helpful, please feel free to email me and I'll add them to the list.

1. Pre Engagement Research

 How large of an audience attends?
 What type of an audience is it? (i.e. women, men, age range, industry specific etc.)
 What length of time is allowed for the speaker?
 Do speakers normally invite questions?
What have you budgeted for the speaker? (Key phrase: Let me check my schedule, I'd really enjoy speaking to your organization

2. The Engagement

Get there early
Rest mike, or better yet, bring your own equipment
Get comfortable with the room
Place evaluation forms, one sheets, articles, rating sheets with speaker request at tables 
Meet and greet audience arrives. Ask them what they expect to hear. It will give you a personal connection with them.

3. Your Introduction

Present your One Sheet with Bio with the exact information you want included in your introduction and ask them to introduce you and include your topic title
Thank whoever introduce you
Take a deep belly breath, if you feel nervous, apply pressure from thumb nail to the end of your little finger.
¨f you forget what comes next, take another breath and refocus; remember, they don't know what you intend to say next.
4. Show Time
Start with a Bang!
Keep your voice interesting. Maintain and interesting lilt, but don't overdo it!
Open with either: a) Quote, b) Question , c) Story or 4) Poem try to leave the punch line to the end, leave off the end of the story, save the answer to the end.
Follow with 3 Basic Area Concepts: 
Ask "before my closing remarks, are there any questions?"
End with either: a) Quote, b) Question , c) Story or 4) Poem (should match what you began with)
Stay put and accept the applause; don't look down; make eye contact with the audience.

5 Additional Tips:

Hands: keep relaxed and at your sides; use for emphasis only; open hand should be faced upward never  down; use two fingers (index and middle) for pointing reference; when counting use thump to index and move to little finger; never steeple, put hands in pockets, on hips or in back of you
Eye contact: Scan (3-5 seconds per person) make the connection; do not flit from eye to eye; 
Stance: Plant your feet approximately width of shoulder, stand firmly on both; don't rock back-and-forth; try to stay within your arms radius from where you began
Notes: Don't use notes, unless you absolutely have to. In which case, type them in 24 point and place in clear windows for reference if you need to get back on track. Make sure you include page numbers.
Remember, practice, record, listen and practice more!!!

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