In this series, we will be giving speakers some very valuable tips on products that you really need to get. I call it a “Pearl Harbor Kit.” I made that up, because we all know that the USA was caught unprepared for the Japanese Bombing on December 7, 1941. Not me. I want to be prepared for my talks with everything I need to be successful on ANY speaking assignment.
I put these things into a small zip-lock plastic bag. It is always in my computer case.
First up is a three prong outlet converter. As you can see in this photo, it changes a single outlet into three.
This is a nice unit that I bought. VERY handy.
Click to get yours => 3-Grounded Outlet Adapter
So what do you care? All you need is one plug. OK, did you ever go to a Starbucks, McDonald’s or other free wi-fi site and find that all the outlets were taken? Pull out your 1-to-3 splitter and you get 110v electricity and save your battery! Put this into YOUR Pearl Harbor Kit.
More items in future blogs.
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Do you know Tai-chi?
One of the agents I deal with is asking for a special interest cruise ship speaker to cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore and back.
The special interest? Tai Chi.
Do you know Tai-chi? Can you teach others?
We have helped others and we can help you get this gig and others like it.
At a recent meeting of National Speaker Association members, professional speakers and wannabes we had a brainstorming session with the aim of coming up with a list of qualities that are desirable for the cruise ship speaker and others who find themselves up on the stage.
High on the list was – improve listening skills.
This puzzled me a bit because we are not professional listeners. If I were, I’d have become something that starts with psych — Or a preacher maybe.
But … the professional cruise ship speaker does need to be a good listener. But maybe not in the way that might be first thought.
I am a fiddler. I tweak my presentation almost up to the last minute. I also pace, that is walk back and forth, not pace myself and think and rehearse my opening lines right up to the last minute, too.
There is one other thing I do … I go to the sessions that are leading up to mine. I stand around in the hall and I eavesdrop on conversations. I try to get a feel for what people are talking about, looking for, hoping to gain from my or any other session. I want to know what they have been hearing up to the point where I go on stage.
In this sense, I want to be a good listener. I want to be sensitive. Not a few times have I made reference to a talk earlier in the day and even right before my own.
I think this practice brings immediate relevance and context to my presentation.
The more the professional speaker hears what his audience has been hearing right up to the moment s/he goes on stage, the better the presentation.
Try it and let me know how it works for you.