You Want to Be Natural on Stage — Exaggerate In Practice

Gestures

All too often speaking professional gesture a not conveying the message they want. In my experience it is due to the lack of strong and expressive body movement. The cure is to exaggerate your gestures when practicing.
An excellent exercise is to practice with both arms up at shoulder height. Make all your gestures from that position. No doubt you will feel awkward, however, when your gestures are expressive your message is more easily understood. Enhance your gesture when giving a presentation and you will come alive in front of any audience. Exaggerate your gestures in practice and they will just right when in front of your audience.
It is important to keep in mind that gestures are the largest part of your message. The lack of gestures limits your ability to communicate the message you want to convey.

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Your family does…what!

imageOne common question every comedian is asked, “Where do you get your material?” The answer is always same, “Everyday experiences.”

One great source of stories for any speaker is their own family history. We all have stories that we can tell to illustrate any point we want to make.

The problem is that you as the speaker know the story intimately while the audience knows nothing of the people or the circumstances surrounding the story. Your difficulty comes from trying to put in enough details to tell the story but not too many details. This is where revision and editing are important. It is best to practice your story in front of another person and have that person judge your story; too many details or too few. Your evaluator can also tell you which parts of the story are significant to your audience.

Start is by listing your family stories in a journal. Write down what you remember about the people, places and situations. Then begin to edit and revise.

Let me tell you a story!

STORIES

We have all been told that the easiest way to make a point is to tell a story! Whether it is a point in business or to your kids, telling a story allows your intended audience to listen without being at first judgmental.

Now the most obvious question is, “Where do I get my stories?” The answer is easy, “Just look around you!” The problem we all face is the amount of stimuli that we face on a daily basis. An event happens to you in the morning which would make the basis of a great story but 60 minutes later you have already forgotten about it because someone just told you your afternoon meeting is cancelled. Now you are frustrated and are scrambling to change to a new time and place.

We are constantly exposed to ideas for great stories. However unless you write it down, you may lose the idea. That is why having a small notebook or a pocket recorder on you is the easiest way to remember these ideas. For example, as you are driving you see or think of an idea for a great story. You reach for your recorder and start to record yourself. Later you simply write down your idea into a few sentences or key phrases. Every month you review your notebook.

We all have great stories in us or that we see. We just have to remember them!!