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January 2017 – IN THIS ISSUE:
  • A Powerful yet Easy Way to breathe life into speeches!
Look at the two pictures below. As a speaker, which audience would YOU like to see in front of you? I rest my case! (I totally understand that if you are a business presenter, your audiences will likley never be THAT enthused but take heed to the suggestions below and the positive effect your presentations will have if you use stories, characters, dialogue! After all, you DO want them to buy into your proposals, right?)
Question: What is one way you can engage, interest, enthuse your audiences?
One proven pointer to mentally and emotionally involve your audiences is using a  balance of narrative and dialogue when telling your stories. This speaking format actually invites the audience into your scenes and they actually RE-LIVE them with you in the present. The result: an interested, connected, engaged audience who will buy into your message if they see the benefits of the positive change that took place in the character of your story.
PS  ******* BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS using this format in sharing business success stories works for YOU TOO! The big mistake business professionals make is thinking that they have to talk in abstractions, using theoretical, linear facts and concepts....NO! Your listeners need and want to hear flesh and blood stories/testimonials: proof of: a  Struggling Situation -> the Solution -->the Success!
  • A Second and final limited offer to invest in home-study resources to enhance your speaking skills
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Quotations of the month:
"The heart of a speech is a story; the heart of a story is dialogue." - Craig Valentine 1999 WCPS
"Don't say the old lady screamed; bring her on and let her scream." Mark Twain
"Don't RETELL the story, RELIVE it!" - Mark Brown 1995 WCPS
A way to breathe life into your stories is to use Dialogue. There are 3 kinds of Dialogue! Yes there are! 
  • character to character dialogue
  • inner dialogue
  • audience dialogue  
Using dialogue is a wonderful opportunity for vocal variety and body language when demonstrating various emotions. Regardless of which dialogue you choose to use to relive, it gets the audience involved and engaged as they journey with you; it helps them understand someone's struggle and thought process as he/she resolved a problem, and benefitted greatly whether professionally or personally.
             Character to Character Dialogue:
  This is the most commonly used - hypothetically bringing another character into scenes of your stories and giving him/her a voice using their words.                                            
  • be believable by having characters act and react  with emotion and body language to the particular situation in the scene; demonstrate a roller coaster series of emotions 
  • use speaker's or recipient's name so the audience is clear who is speaking 
  • use character's normal vocabulary
  • create a slight deviation from your normal voice for character differentiation 
  • uncover humour; humour is  naturally found in character dialogue and facial expressions  as they react to spoken lines or events in a scene 
  • be careful to balance narrative with dialogue as too much dialogue creates a play 
  • step out of the scene and talk to your audience to state your point of the story 
              Inner Dialogue:
This dialogue allows the audience to actually HEAR your thoughts. 
When you let the audience into your mind, they connect with you more deeply as they are hearing your innermost negative and positive feelings before, during and after the process/lesson you experienced in resolving a problem,  or overcoming an obstacle
  • speak from the heart, not head. You may need to go to the edge with emotions but ensure you come back to centre yourself once again. Make sure your words, tone and body language are congruent
             Audience Dialogue:
  This dialogue allows the audience to have a voice and be heard. Why is audience dialogue significant? "People buy into what they help create." C. Valentine
** Please note: If you want them to take part orally, you must train them to do so early in the presentation or speech, otherwise they won't feel at ease to participate later
  • create opportunities for them to complete a phrase or sentence/repeat after you/discuss with a partner, then debrief in the large group. Using these methods is a way of recapping your main point(s) so they will remember and repeat them. Greater interaction results in deeper connection with them
Which form of dialogue will you try to use in your next speech or presentation?
Until next month when we continue discussing Tried-and-True Presentation Tips, I wish you and yours a healthy and happy 2017!     Wink
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  • if you're in business and need to confidently address a group with a powerful, professional presentation but don't know how to create and deliver it
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