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In This Issue
Our Next Seminar
you the speaker
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David Greenberg

February 9, 2013

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

HOG
February 13, 2013
 

 Your Board of Directors

President 

tim durkin  
 Tim Durkin, CSP 
 

President-Elect

Karen Reisman   

Karen Cortell-Reisman, MS 

VP Programming

 russ riddle

Russ Riddle  
 

VP Membership

Adele Good    

Adele Good  
 

VP Marketing

 ann ranson 

Ann Ranson  
 

VP Finance

 candace fitzpatrick 

Candace Fitzpatrick 
 

Secretary 

Doug Petersen  

Douglas Petersen

 

Presidential Appointee

 T. Scott Gross

T. Scott Gross, CSP 

 

Past President

stu schlackman   

Stu Schlackman  
 

Academy Dean

 Sally Baskey 

Sally Baskey, CSP  
 

Academy Dean

 dave hill 

Dave Hill  
 

Director, Social Media
Chris Price 

Chris Price   
 

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Bill Lynch  
 

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The Speaker's Voice

When the pied piper of our NSA North Texas writing club Dave Lieber recommends something to read that will improve my writing skills I pay attention.

 

This week Dave's note included a link to a blog post by Crescent Dragonwagon.

 

With a name like that (her real one) and a blog titled "Getting Good at it: The Three Secrets of Writing", I stopped going through my emails and clicked on the link. I'm glad I did.

 

As it turns out the three "secrets" that Ms. Dragonwagon discussed for creating good writing will also work very well for speaking.

 

A very brief summary of her three points:

 

1) Practice.

 

Practice is akin to play. When you practice, play around with words, phrases and techniques that are authentically you. They don't have be part of your speech or presentation. Experiment. You discover and develop your skills through practice. For example, you may wish to practice how you can speak to the cheap seats like Jerry Seinfeld or practice stopping and making direct eye contact when you deliver your money or punch line. Practicing your techniques of movement, delivery, cadence and words builds confidence and expertise even if you don't use them in a presentation. Singers and musicians practice their songs often; even the ones that aren't in the set list. As our December chapter speaker Bill Stainton reminds us, professionals practice until they can't get it wrong.

 

2) Rehearse.

 

Rehearsing is like practicing except you actually use the material you are going to deliver. Rehearsal is practice with a point. Get your speech together and rehearse it. Run and re-run through it as actors do when they rehearse scenes and acts. Focused repetition is the key to effective rehearsal. The outcome of effective rehearsal is a speech or presentation done as well as you possibly can.

 

3) Performance.

 

After the practice and the rehearsal it's show time. If you have done the practice and the rehearsals the performance looks effortless. The words you wrote and delivered took the audience to a place of their own making, of their own meaning. You, the speaker, all but disappear in front of them because your message rises up and perforates to their passion place. Great speakers don't just make their audiences think...they also make them feel.

 

You want to be good or do you want to be great? If the answer was great (what else would it be?) then practice like you were playing, rehearse until you can't get it wrong so you can perform without effort. Good advice for writing and speaking and life.

 

Tim Durkin

 

 

 

 

Our Next Seminar:
Insider Secrets to Krafting a Killer Keynote and Making More Money Now

 with

David Greenberg, CSP
  
Saturday, February 9th

Want to make great money as a speaker? You need a great speech! It's that simple. If you're not getting booked, don't blame the economy. Meeting planners invest in programs where they know they'll reap a positive return on their investment. In this fast-paced and completely hands-on program, award-winning speech coach David Greenberg, CSP, will reveal and demonstrate his proven step-by-step formula he's been using and teaching to executives and high-paid speakers for 25 years. David presented this at a recent NSA conference and the the recording was the #1 best-seller. The singular goal of this program is to help you take your speeches to a new level-one that commands higher fees. By the end of this program you will have crafted or revised your own speech and be given the opportunity to deliver excerpts for immediate peer feedback. Be sure to come ready to deliver an excerpt of your material, as a few volunteers will be selected for on-the-spot coaching by David!

  

David GreenbergAbout David Greenberg, CSP

David Greenberg, CSP, offers a rare combination of experience as a multi-award winning presenter and a multi-award winning presentation coach. Since 1988, David has catered to business executives and

professional speakers, from Savannah to Singapore, who want to become extraordinary communicators and stand out from the crowd. He does this through private coaching sessions, in-person, as well as by phone, video and online meetings. He teaches what he knows works in the real world -- skills he uses daily as he addresses audiences ranging from just a few to a few thousand. David is the winner of the Toastmasters International State Championship for presentation coaching, and his company, Simply Speaking, Inc.®, has helped more than one hundred thousand people worldwide to develop the communication tools they need to get the results they want. David's best-selling books are required reading at several schools and corporations and include Simply Speaking! The No-Sweat Way to Prepare and Deliver Presentations, Death by PowerPoint!, and How to Conduct Incredibly Productive Meetings.

What You Missed Last Month at NSA/NT
Wisdom from Joe Calloway and Larry Winget

Key point to consider as you build your speaking business - is your topic and title clear?  Is it relevant to your market?

  • The biggest problem speakers have is lack of clarity
  • The traditional ways of making money are evolving
  • Ask yourself "what do you do"?  So what?
  • Ask your clients - why did you hire me?  What do your clients want?
  • You need to be clear on what you do and what you don't do
  • Who is your audience and who isn't?  Where do you speak and where don't you speak?
  • It's not about your topic - it's about your tangible value
  • Your talk is your biggest sales call
  • Do you really believe in what you have to say?
  • Your audience should identify with you - not you with them
  • Speaking is a delivery system for your talks, website and products
  • Be authentic by throwing away everything that isn't you - in other words "what aren't you"?
  • You should end when they still want more!
  • When your audience is writing down notes - ask them what they are writing and why that is important to them
  • You must be relevant and relevancy changes as technology changes
  • In your outbound marketing - be specific/consistent/attention getting/have tangible value
you, the speaker

What I Learned at NSA Laugh Lab

By Dave Lieber

Laugh Lab faculty photo
Members of the "faculty" at NSA's Laugh Lab

 I was so busy laughing at NSA's Laugh Lab in Vegas that I didn't have time to tweet. But if I could have stopped shaking long enough, I would have tweeted all about it.

   Later, back home, I studied my notes and even typed up imaginary tweets for you. Tweets I still haven't sent. So these are virgin tweets. Feel free to use them as your own. I vouch for their accuracy. Oh, and don't forget to include #NSA13 at the end.

   * * *

   Rule of three in comedy, but rule of two in PPT visuals. - @theBrianWalter.

   @theBrianWalter asks clients "the power question": Who do you love to hate the most?" Learns their problem. "This is where the humor enters."

   In his slides @BradMontgomery likes to use pics of himself from long time ago that makes him look goofy. Shows photo as punch line of story.

   @BradMontgomery keeps pics like this up for only three seconds or less.

   @BradMontgomery for kicks likes to Photoshop himself into pictures with famous people.

   "Comedy is things that piss you off. The wrongs of life. Complaining with an edge. Make laughs by revealing yourself. Reveal you had a mess in your life." - @JudyCarter

   How to get an audience to love you in 60 seconds? Come on and talk about them. - @JudyCarter.

   @JudyCarter comes on stage and gets audience to applaud something. "Let's hear it for the band." By doing so, she takes power. "You're a leader. You're in charge."

   @JudyCarter likes to pretend there is a heckler in the audience. "No, really," she points at imaginary person. "There are advantages to...."

   "Change 'I' to 'you' whenever you can. 'Do you worry about getting older?' Use you-us-we. Use 'I' sparingly." - @JudyCarter

   "When you joke about something in the room, a problem, it grows smaller." - @JudyCarter

   "Get them to laugh about things they worry about." - @JudyCarter

   @BradMontgomery on fear of failure: "We don't know what the audience is thinking. It's a lot better than you think."

   @BillStainton 's story system: Ask the magic question - When did something go wrong? That's the germ of a good story. "Bad decisions make really good stories."

   "Comedy is conflict. No conflict, no comedy. To add more comedy, add more conflict." - @BillStainton

   It's OK to embellish a comedic story, says @BillStainton. "You're giving a speech, not a deposition."

   Since the ending is so important, sometimes when you come up with a great ending, you have to write a new beginning to match it. - @BillStainton

   "You can make any story apply to any topic. The key is the transitional line." - @BillStainton

   "When you leave a story with a cliffhanger, you can't immediately hit them with serious stuff. Pad a bit to get their minds off the cliffhanger" so they focus on what you're talking about. - @BillStainton

   "If you speaker for 1-3 hours, give your audience permission to speak to you." - @BradMontgomery

   @BradMontgomery embraces 'hecklers' in the audience. "Great conversation. Who are you? What do you do? Do you frequently shout out at work?"

    "They are not hiring a one-man show. They are hiring people to be up there and speak WITH them." - @BradMontgomery

     Sell products with a compelling story, says @JudyCarter. Use compelling stories with an emotional connection to promote books.

   "In your story, everything should be in the present tense." - @JudyCarter

   @ChristineCashen talks to audience members before her talk. Introduces to each other. Makes fun talk. They don't even know she is the speaker.

   "The punch word of a punch line always comes last. Shorter the setup and punch line, the bigger the laugh." - @EricCulverson

   Kelly Swanson @motivationspkr says: "I see a speech as a song... Anybody can teach my content. No one can tell my stories."

   "Can I tell you how great it is to come up here and be real with an audience? You don't have to be perfect." - @motivationspkr

   "If we can take the warm glow of the spotlight and turn it on the audience, they will love us." - @theBrianWalter  

        

Author Dave Lieber is suddenly - due to an act of God -- a full-time speaker. A former newspaper columnist downsized to protect massive corporate profits, Dave's job title now is Pied Piper of NSA/NT Writing Club. Contact him at [address removed]

Next HOG: February 13th

Larry Winget and Joe Calloway presented so much information in such a small amount of time, it was like drinking from a fire hose.  So, it's hard to capture everything that is said.  Don't worry - you don't have to!  Come join us for the HOG and get a review of the amazing Winget and Calloway NSA January meeting and fill in the blanks with your fellow speakers from their whirlwind presentation.
 
The HOG meeting is February 13th at Hackberry Creek Country Club from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  There is no charge for this event.  A no host dinner is available beginning at 6:00pm.

 

Watch the NSA/NT Facebook page for further updates. 

 

Get CONNECTED to our NSANT Community!
Important Social Media Links for
Members and Affiliates 
 

As a member or affiliate of NSA/North Texas, you are invited to join the chapter's Linked In group. http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=2351264  We will be monitoring those who join the group.  Also of value to you, we are posting requests for speakers, special offers and other important information.  You WILL want to check this page regularly.

 

We have also created an open forum on Facebook for everyone who is interested in our chapter and speaking.  That page is http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=[masked] and is a great place to update us on what you are doing including exciting things in your business, new books, speaking engagements, etc.

 

Finally, there is a Twitter Account for our chapter @NSANorthTexas.  See the instructions below if you do not have a Twitter account.

 

We hope you use these social media services to help you on your Journey to Influence!

 

Note: You will need to join these social media organizations to participate.  Please contact [address removed] if you are stuck or need help doing this.
Member Benefits
Starting this week, all full members can access the calendar of events from the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau.  You'll want to spend some time sorting through the list to find meeetings and conventions that might match your target market.

 

To gain access:

  • Login to the Member site at www.speaker.org
  • On your first login, you'll be asked to acknowledge that this information is available ONLY to members and is not to be shared
  • Once logged in, you'll find a link "Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau Calendar of Events" - click there
  • A pdf document will open
  • Scan the list for opportunities, and if interested in submiting a proposal, send your information to the contact listed on the document
Good Luck!  And please remember, this information is for full-members only and is not to be shared outside of our membership.  Thanks!
Photo Gallery
Jan 2013 Meeting 1
Larry Winget, Joe Calloway & Randy Pennington
    
Jan 2013 Meeting 2

President Tim Durkin & Karen Cortell Reisman

having fun on stage!

  
  
Jan 2013 Meeting 3
Larry Winget and Joe Calloway share great wisdom with our chapter!
  
  
Jan 2013 Meeting 4
Karl Meisenbach, Michael Hoffman and Rick Kolster goofing around after the meeting!
Sincerely,
 

NSA/NT
North Texas Chapter of the National Speakers Association
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