I don’t use props when I speak.
But a group of National Speaker Association members decided in a brainstorming session that this was a skill speakers need to improve to be better at their craft.
I guess that means me.
But I am not inclined to carry ‘stuff’ with me when I travel. And more often than not the crowds I am speaking to are too large to see anything that I could carry in my backpack or hold up in my hand. Of course, if there is a big screen projection, that’s a different story.
My expertise = the subject of my talks does not lend itself to props. I don’t demonstrate products or juggle – though I have thought about the juggling … or maybe folding origami while I do my talk. But I don’t know how to do either.
There was a time when I was speaking at churches and a point I wanted to make was that church people need to know how others are doing … I mean really doing. No superficial greetings and artificial smiles.
I illustrated the point by asking if everyone knew how they thought I was doing. I was suited up and even had a tie … as well as other articles of clothing.
But while I talked, I kicked off my shoes and displayed my socked feet with the toes missing. Then I took off my jacket, turned around and showed a dress shirt with the back ripped off. I looked pretty good until I showed everyone what was underneath. It was pretty effective.
Speakers would do well to give listeners something visual to go with their words. And if the speaker can far beyond a deck of powerpoint slides s/he will be leaps ahead of the competition.
Give your listeners something to see and touch to go along with what they are hearing.
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.