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Yesssss!! Thank you for the insight!!

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By Speaking w TJ Walker - Jan 29 2016
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Fred gives precise, honest tips that will make anyone a better speaker.
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NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

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Rank #1: Three Things NOT to Do with Eye Contact!

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Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Here are three things NOT to do with eye contact.

Number One: Don’t stare.

No one likes to be stared at. It makes them feel very uneasy.

Number Two: Don’t be a searchlight – going like this. Do not do that.

What you want to do is:

•  Looks at someone, finish a thought.

•  Move on to someone else, finish your thought.

•  Keep doing that until you finish that thought.

And Number Three: When you’re answering a question, look at that person.

• Finish your thought, and then move on to someone else.

• Because if you just look at the person who asks the question, they’ll ask another one. You’ll answer that and you’re in a conversation. Don’t do that.

Follow those three pieces of advice when using eye contact and I guarantee your next presentation we’ll be absolutely, positively NO SWEAT!

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About the Author

Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,

“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and

“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and

Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:

Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:

We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, Podcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.

NO SWEAT Public Speaking”

NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Audible offers NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!” as an audio book.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this post or other posts please contact me: Fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com.

Thank  you for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!

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Mar 09 2020

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Video Meetings: Three Things . . .

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You need to know before you host or jump on one.


Transcript:

Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

Everyone’s getting on video meetings these days.

There are one, two, three things you need to know before you host or jump on one.

Number One: The first thing people are going to look at is YOU!

  • Be sure you have good lighting on yourself.
  • Be sure you are looking directly at the camera.

    • Don’t have it looking up your nose.
    • Don’t be looking to the side.

      • Test this out!
Number Two: Your background.

  • This is a great background because you don’t notice it.

    • Too many people have pictures, books, trophies in the background.

      • If I’m trying to figure out what that book is, I’m not looking at you.

        • I need to look at you because nonverbal communication surpasses verbal.
Number Three: They’re going to listen.

  • People will watch bad video. They won’t listen to bad audio.
  • If you have an older laptop with a little bitty microphone, it’s going to sound like you’re in a tunnel.

    • People will tune it out.
    • Invest in a good microphone.

Do those three things and I guarantee your next video meeting will be absolutely positively –  NO SWEAT!

To make it better, get my FREE Virtual Video Checklist. Click the link below it’s yours.

FREE Virtual Video Checklist

Till next time, this is Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

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About the Author

Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,

“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and

“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and

Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:

Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:

We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube ChannelPodcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.

NO SWEAT Public Speaking”

NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

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Jul 27 2020

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Great Elevator Speeches Build . . .

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Great Elevator Speeches:
Build Reputations and
Grow Businesses.

Specific Criteria For Them:
  • Clear – Concise – Consistent.
    • For similar audiences it must be exactly the same or people will be confused.
      • Mixed messages are eventually ignored.
  • Use Simple, Easily Understood Language.
    • People aren’t impressed with words they don’t know.
      • They feel stupid.
        • No one likes that feeling and will not hire or refer you.
  • Build your Elevator Speech Floor-By-Floor.
    Develop Your Elevator Speech with
    This Template.
    • Everyone doesn’t want to go to the top floor with you.
      • You don’t want to take everyone there.
  • An Immediate Goal is those hearing your elevator speech should be able to tell anyone asking, exactly what you do.
    • Someone who is confused about your product / service offerings will not hire or refer you.
  • The Ultimate Goal is having a conversation.
    • A conversation with someone who knows what you do and wants to know more.
      • How you work?
      • What does it cost?
      • How long does it last?
      • Is there a guarantee?
  • Precisely describe the ‘Bulls Eye’ of your target market.
    • You can’t be everything to everyone.
    • Example:
      • “I coach public speaking and presentation skills.”
        • “Can you help me with a stuttering problem?”
          • “No. I can refer you to a speech pathologist who works with people who have those challenges.”
        • “Do you coach people going to job interviews?”
          • “No, but I’ll give you the name of a person who specializes in that.”
  • DIS-Qualifying, especially for One-On-One Elevator Speeches, is a major goal.
    • Everyone is not a prospect for your products and services.
    • You won’t buy everything offered to you.
    • Don’t waste major time on minor possibilities.

Follow these criteria for developing, practicing, and delivering your Elevator Speech and I guarantee it will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!

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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,
“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and
“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and
Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube ChannelPodcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.
NO SWEAT Public Speaking”
NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

The post Great Elevator Speeches Build . . . appeared first on NO SWEAT Public Speaking!.

Jul 13 2020

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Alliteration – Alliteration – Alliteration: Add . .

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The “Magic of Three” to help the audience GET IT!

In literature, Alliteration is the conspicuous repetition of identical initial consonant sounds in successive or closely associated syllables within a group of words, even those spelled differently.

As a method of linking words for effect, alliteration is also called head rhyme or initial rhyme. (Wikipedia)

Alliteration also works well for presenting.

Example: TEDTalk coaches suggest:
One hour of Preparation for every minute of Presentation.

Combine Alliteration with the “Magic of Three.”

Question:
Why use Three?
Answer:
It adds completeness to your message.
Your audience can’t remember more than three or four things.

Use
  • One for emphasis.
  • Two for comparison.
  • Three for completeness.
  • Four or more for a list.
Combining “The Magic of Three” with Alliteration exponentially increases the odds the audience will GET IT!!
Examples:
  • An Elevator Speech should be
    • Clear, Concise, and Consistent.
  • If you want the audience to GET IT!
    • Educate, Entertain, and Explain.
  • The Thee P’s of Selling:
    • Product Knowledge, Prospecting, and Persistence.
  • Addiction is a disease of
    • Silence, Secrecy, and Shame.

Understand and use Alliteration and “The Magic of Three” in your presentations and I guarantee they will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!

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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,
“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and
“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and
Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube ChannelPodcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.
NO SWEAT Public Speaking”
NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

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Jun 29 2020

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Virtual Video Tip: BACKGROUNDS Matter!

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Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking.

Here’s a Virtual Video Meeting Tip.  We’re all doing these virtual meetings these days.

The tip is: BACKGROUNDS Matter!

The First Thing people look at when you come on to one of these meetings is your face.

Second Thing is the BACKGROUND.

Look at that mess! Got a new pan there. It looks like part of breakfast. Maybe some camping supplies. A magazine.

All that is distracting.

Here’s a guy comes on. First thing you see is his face. Second thing, all these books. What’s he reading? Well, what’s that book about? Why is that book there? It’s all clutter. It’s distracting from the individual.

I look at this guy and it looks like he’s trying to promote his own stuff. Oh, I hate that. Isn’t that terrible!

Sometimes, I’ve come on to a meeting and somebody somebody’s sitting in front of a window. You can hardly see them. The sun is so bright coming through that window.

Others come in and they’re below a ceiling fan. It looks like maybe a helicopter is going to land on them!

And others look like there’s a lamp growing out of their head.

Here’s a Fact aboutPresentations.

We cannot multitask.

We can’t do more than one thing at a time.

If people are looking at your background, they’re not looking at you.

That’s Important because:

Non-Verbal Communication surpasses Verbal Communication.

People believe what they see.
The best example I can give for this is cable news.

And they all do it. You ever see a little ticker tape coming across the bottom of the screen?

If you’re reading that ticker tape, you have no idea what they’re talking about.

To prove that, as soon as the commercial comes on – the ticker tape is gone.

Advertisers would never pay for you not to see and hear their ad.

Think Zen-like: Clean and Simple.

Here’s a great example.

Just the individual with a plain background.

Use these tips when attending your next virtual meeting and I guarantee it will be absolutely positively, NO SWEAT!

Till next time. Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

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About the Author

Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,

“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and

“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and

Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:

Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:

We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube ChannelPodcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.

NO SWEAT Public Speaking”

NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

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Jun 15 2020

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Virtual Video Meeting Tip: BACKGROUND

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In a virtual video event, the BACKGROUND
is the second thing we see when entering one of these meetings.

The first thing we look at is faces.
We want to see who else is attending. Assuming the person isn’t wearing a shirt with a wild pattern or a crazy hat, the next thing to catch our eyes is the BACKGROUND of the individual.

The best reaction to a BACKGROUND should be –
Nothing!

It should be a non-issue.
It needs to be this way because one of the facts of presenting is:


Non-verbal Communication surpasses Verbal Communication.
We believe what we see.

We want others looking at our faces and not being distracted by our surroundings.

We cannot multi-task!

If someone is looking at the background of your video image, they are not looking at you. They will fail to see your facial expressions and miss much of what you are saying.

Here is the best example I can give to verify this:
If you’ve ever watched cable news: CNN, FOX, MSNBC or others you’ve often seen a ‘ticker tape’ news update rolling across the bottom of the screen. If you are reading that message you have no idea what the moderator / news person is talking about. As proof, when a commercial comes on, the ticker tape is gone! Advertisers would never pay for commercials not being watched, listened to, and understood.

Make the background for your virtual video meeting:

  • Clean and Simple!
    • Think Zen-like!

Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
We put our video meeting display into “Gallery View” and survey others at the event.
We’ve seen:

      • Dirty clothes, plates and silverware left for all to see.
      • Inappropriate pictures, books, and other items displayed.
      • Open windows with the sun so bright the person’s face was hard to see.
      • Ceiling fans and lamps growing out of the top of people’s heads.
      • All the above distract the audience and compromise the event.
Suggestions:
  • Have a clean, simple background.
  • Eliminate clutter.
    • Remove pictures, plaques, trophies and other items that might pique the interest of the audience and divert them from looking at you.
  • Preview how you and your background look before joining a video meeting.
  • If you attend many virtual video events, consider getting a green screen, great lighting, and using nondescript virtual backgrounds.
Disclaimer:

In this post, as in all my articles, videos, and talks I am presenting ideas and techniques that work well for me, and many who follow my advice.

There are others who teach the same skills I do and do it differently. Some do it way differently and it works well for them and people they instruct.

My suggestion is:
“Be a sponge.” Absorb everything. Squeeze out what you don’t need. Do it your own way!

Follow these suggestions for your backgrounds when attending virtual video events and I guarantee they will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!

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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,
“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and
“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and
Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube ChannelPodcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.
NO SWEAT Public Speaking”
NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

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Jun 01 2020

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Virtual Video Meeting Tip: SOUND!

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Can We Hear Each Other?

Recently, you’ve probably attended more virtual video meetings than ever imagined.

The quality and value received have likely ranged from Fabulous to Forget-About-It!

One of the biggest factors for successful meetings like these is SOUND!

SOUND, as it pertains to virtual video events means:

  • You can listen and understand what each person is saying.
  • They can clearly hear and comprehend your contributions.

The best planned events with potentially superb value can quickly become almost worthless if the sound quality of attendees is lacking. It’s hard to feel connected to someone you can’t hear well.

I’ve attended events where I’ve strained to understand what people were saying.

“People will watch bad video,
but won’t listen to poor audio.”

Great HD video will not make up for poor sound.
Quality sound begins with a good microphone.

The built-in one on a computer, in many cases, delivers poor sound. Add that to the fact the room used for the meeting was not designed as a sound studio, and it might sound like the speaker is in a tunnel. The further the speaker is from the device, the worse the quality. Getting closer to the microphone on a computer or phone is usually not going to give a flattering picture of the person’s face.

Purchasing a good microphone is an excellent investment if you’ll be attending many virtual events.

Microphones
  • A variety are available.
    • Lavaliere mic.
      • This is the kind used by broadcasters and can be attached to a lapel or collar.
    • USB microphone.
      • These can set on a desk or be attached to a computer.
    • Some webcams have a built-in microphone that work well for video meetings.
Additional items and measures for good sound include:
  • Being close to a microphone will produce better quality.
    • This is one reason a lavaliere mic, worn close to your mouth, can be effective.
  • A Headset will lessen feedback and echos.
    • Some have an attached microphone.
  • If you have a VPN, turn it off.
    • Good internet speed is essential for productive video and audio in these meetings.
      • Turn off phones, iPads, computers and other devices using the same Wifi to get the best speed and least interruptions.
  • Mute your audio when not speaking.
  • If you are the host, mute attendees audio except when wanting them to speak.
  • Turn off loud fans and HVAC systems.
  • Eliminate external noise and interruptions.
    • Turn off computer alarms and reminders.
    • Close windows and doors to keep noise, people, and pets out.
Finally, TEST EVERYTHING before joining or hosting a virtual video meeting.

Follow these suggestions for improving the quality of SOUND at the next virtual video event you attend and I guarantee it will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!

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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,
“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and
“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and
Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube ChannelPodcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.
NO SWEAT Public Speaking”
NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Audible offers NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!” as an audio book.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this post or other posts please contact me: Fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com.

Thank  you for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!

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May 18 2020

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Virtual Video Meeting Tip: YOU!

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Recently, if you’re like me, you’ve attended a Virtual Video Meeting. Maybe, a lot of them.

This is the way gatherings, conferences, and events are going to be for the foreseeable future. It might be a one-on-one job interview, a prospect call, a small group meeting, a networking event, or a large conference.

As a professional speaker, I’m usually the only one looking at all the faces in the room. People in the audience see me and the back of the heads of others attending.

Virtual Video formats dramatically change this view. Now . . .

EVERYONE is in the Front Row!

This is a noteworthy component that seriously needs to be considered before attending one of these gatherings.

As I’ve observed and participated in them, I’ve noticed many, including me, are not representing ourselves the way we want to be seen. Some of the messages we’re sending give negative impressions and can have future ramifications. Don’t we always want to present ourselves in a positive manner? I do!

I’ve studied this, a lot, and found some principles and best practices, relevant and important, for all these events.

This post, and ones to follow, will recommend some “Best Practices” for attending and conducting Virtual Video Meetings. One tip important to all these is:

Plain and Simple Rule!
Declutter and Simplify
Everything!

Number One: YOU!

When entering one of these meetings, the first thing everyone looks at is YOU!

If you’re already in the meeting, as people join, you look at them.

Starting with that first impression, and throughout the event, every message we send; verbally, non-verbally, or in a chat message, is processed and interpreted by others. Even if a slide presentation or other material is being displayed, when others are visible, we’re analyzing each other. We’re consciously and unconsciously, making judgements based on what we see and hear.

Here are some Virtual Video Meeting Tips for YOU.

The BIG Takeaway Tip here is
Non-Verbal Communication surpasses Verbal Communication.
People believe what they see.
Your Face is the First Thing Others see.
  • Position yourself so the camera captures you from mid-chest up and shows your entire face.
    • Look directly into the camera.
      • Not doing this gives the impression you’re not engaged.
      • Too far away won’t show facial expressions, a critical element in non-verbal communication.
      • Too close can show too much.
    • The position of the camera can also cut off the top of your face, show your nostrils from below, or your neck stretching and eyes looking up because of camera position.
    • Lighting is critical.
      • From in front, above, below, or from the side, too much or too little, doesn’t always “light us up” the way we want to be seen.
        (I’ll write more about lighting in a separate post.)
Showing Up means Dressing Up!
  • I’m old enough to remember when many professionals, men and women, wore suits to work. Over time, casual Friday morphed into casual week, month, and for many – forever.
    • For some, virtual video has lowered the “Appearance Bar.”
      • People show up in jump suits, tie-dyed T-shirts, and logoed ball caps.
        • Even professional broadcasters, sometimes reporting from their home, have gone beyond casual.
      • Some individuals come to the event eating and drinking.
        • The list of appearances and behaviors, that would be embarrassing and not tolerated in person, goes on and on.
    • Treat this meeting the same way you would if it were in person. Look professional and be seen how you want to be remembered.
      • No fancy print shirts, wild ties, or flashy bling.
        • Those are distractions that divert the audience’s attention from your message.
      • If your “look” is part of your brand, present it!
        • Do you think Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg would show up wearing Hawaiian shirts?
        • Would Colonel Sanders be dressed in a black suit or Michael Jordan don a wig?
Don’t risk looking Fuzzy or Disappearing during a meeting.
  • The speed of your internet connection is important.
    • If you have a VPN, turn it off before logging in.
      • Turn off other devices: Televisions, iPads, phones, other computers, that can slow down your connection.
Your Facial Expressions say a LOT!
  • As previously noted, “We believe what we see!”
    • Note: Non-verbal communication is voluntary and involuntary.
      • If you “roll your eyes” when you see or hear something you disagree with, that is the message you’ll send others.
    • It is important to look attentive!
      • Nodding in agreement or shaking your head side-to-side gives your interpretation of what’s being presented.
      • Your face will also show if you’re shocked, disagree, or are in disbelief.
        • The person speaking and others are “reading” your face. It’s valuable feedback.
        • When speaking, you’ll “take the temperature of others” for reactions.

Use these suggestions when attending your next virtual video meeting and I guarantee it will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!

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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,
“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and
“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and
Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube ChannelPodcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.
NO SWEAT Public Speaking”
NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Audible offers NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!” as an audio book.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this post or other posts please contact me: Fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com.

Thank  you for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!

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May 04 2020

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With Virtual Video Meetings: Everyone is in the Front Row!

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Accept It.  –  Understand It.
Make It Work!

It will be a while, perhaps a long while, before audiences gather in large auditoriums to see and hear a speaker. Now, we meet “virtually.” A different mindset and new skills are needed for attending, participating in, or leading one of these events.

In a conventional presentation, the audience is seated in front of the speaker, listening to and looking at them. They see the stage, lectern, slide show and – the back of the heads of others in the audience.

With Virtual Video Meetings:
Everyone is in the front row!
Everyone can look at you!
You can look at everyone.

This type of meeting dramatically changes the dynamics of communication.

A good speaker is always “taking the temperature of their audience.” They are the only person talking, but continually observe and evaluate facial expressions and body language for feedback.
Example: 
If someone has a confused expression on their face, it signals they are not GETTING IT! and a good speaker will restate that point in a different manner.

In virtual video meetings, every participant is, periodically, “taking every other person’s temperature.”

Facial expressions and other body language: leaning in, shrugging shoulders, slumping in a chair, and others can reinforce or devalue points you and others are communicating.

There are things participants need to do to make and receive the greatest value from these events.

Here is a Checklist for
Video Meetings / Conferences / Events.
  • If you have a VPN, turn it off.
    • A Virtual Private Network extends a private network across a public network. Many use it for on-line security. However, it can dramatically slow down network speeds, essential to good virtual meetings.
  • Turn off your phones, mobile, and if you have one, land line.

    • They can become distractions in any meeting, including virtual ones.
  • Turn off email, chat, alarms, and any other computer alerts that might interrupt the meeting.
  • Close windows and doors to your meeting room.
    • Keep pets and others out.
    • Treat this like your private office during the meeting.
  • Your appearance is important!

    • Now, it’s like your high school graduation picture or Facebook / LinkedIn headshot.
    • The audience usually just sees you mid-chest and up.
      • Keep it Clean and Simple!
    • When it comes to presentations, and that includes attendance and participation in virtual meetings, non-verbal communication surpasses verbal communication.
      People believe what they see.

      • No bling, wild print shirts, ties, scarfs, etc.
        • They are distractions to your talk.
        • Again, clean and simple rule!
          • Think: Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.
    • Sometimes, it is part of your Brand!
      • Clothing colors, glasses, and hair style can be part of that ‘look.’
        • Think: Johnny Cash, Colonel Sanders, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper.
    • IMPORTANT!
      • Remember non-verbal communication surpasses verbal communication.
        • Your eyes tell a lot!
          • People are watching to see where you are watching.
          • Looking down, out the window, or at a cell phone tell others you’re not fully engaged.
          • Of equal importance is this fact: Communication is voluntary and involuntary.
            i.e. If you unconsciously roll your eyes when you hear or see something you don’t agree with, that is what others will believe as your view.
            This holds true for raising eyebrows, smirking, shrugging shoulders, and other non-verbal communication.
  • Lighting is a key element in looking good.
    • You want to look good!
    • Incorrect lighting puts you in shadows and makes it hard for others to see and read your non-verbal communication.
    • Light rings, that come in a variety of sizes, are perfect for helping you look your best.
    • An overly bright or dimly lit room makes it hard for others to see you.
    • Glasses, because they reflect light, can be a challenge.
      • Dimming your screen, adjusting the angle of the halo ring or other light, and angle of the camera can lessen the reflection and distraction it might cause.
  • Backgrounds.
    • Just as your appearance should be clean and simple, so should your background.
      • Cluttered shelves, wild wallpaper, and other visible items are distracting.
    • Zoom offers virtual backgrounds that can be customized.
      • A green screen behind you will make them works best, although some computers do a ‘good enough’ job.
    • Watch television interviews and you’ll quickly see what backgrounds allow the speaker to ‘stand out.’
      • Several shades of dark blue, with subtle designs, work well.
        • Slightly blurring them, if possible, emphasizes the speaker.
  • Sound.
    • “People will watch bad video, but won’t listen to poor audio.”
    • Often, the built-in microphone on your computer will work fine for virtual meetings. Sometimes it doesn’t and alternatives are needed.
    • Purchasing a good condenser mic is worthwhile if you’ll be attending many virtual events and can be used for your own podcasting.
  • Camera.
    • Today’s computers, cell phones, and iPads have excellent cameras.
    • An HD webcam gives flexibility and adds quality to the video.
      • Adjust the camera or computer so it appears you are looking directly at the audience.
  • Chat window.
    • Be aware these can be to sent to individuals, the host, or everyone!
    • Take a moment to review before posting.

IMPORTANT!
TEST everything with a trusted friend before joining a virtual meeting.

Follow this checklist for your next virtual video meeting and I guarantee it will be absolutely, positively
NO SWEAT!

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Wiki Education Foundation Wikipedia Fellows in Fall 2018 Date 1 November 2018 Source Own work Author Ryan (Wiki Ed)

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About the Author
Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,
“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and
“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and
Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:
We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, Podcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.
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NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

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If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this post or other posts please contact me: Fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com.

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Everyone is in the Front Row!
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Apr 20 2020

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Three Ways to Keep the Audience’s Attention

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Fred Miller,  NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”
Here are three ways to keep the attention of your audience.

This is important because people have the attention span of a gnat!

Number One: Use video.

•  Insert videos into your presentation gives you a chance to rest and takes the attention from the audience to the screen.

Number Two: Insert audio.

•  Maybe some sounds, maybe some music.

And Number Three: Use humor.

•  People love humor. It gets the endorphins going.

•  The people who are paying attention, they’ll keep paying attention because they say, Oh, that was great! I can’t wait for another one.

•  And the people who are not paying attention go, “Oh my gosh, I missed it. I got pay attention!”

Use those three things to keep the attention of your audience, and I guarantee the next presentation will be absolutely, positively – NO SWEAT!

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About the Author

Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,

“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and

“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and

Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:

Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:

We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, Podcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.

NO SWEAT Public Speaking”

NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Audible offers NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!” as an audio book.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this post or other posts please contact me: Fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com.

Thank  you for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!

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Mar 23 2020

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Three Things NOT to Do with Eye Contact!

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Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Here are three things NOT to do with eye contact.

Number One: Don’t stare.

No one likes to be stared at. It makes them feel very uneasy.

Number Two: Don’t be a searchlight – going like this. Do not do that.

What you want to do is:

•  Looks at someone, finish a thought.

•  Move on to someone else, finish your thought.

•  Keep doing that until you finish that thought.

And Number Three: When you’re answering a question, look at that person.

• Finish your thought, and then move on to someone else.

• Because if you just look at the person who asks the question, they’ll ask another one. You’ll answer that and you’re in a conversation. Don’t do that.

Follow those three pieces of advice when using eye contact and I guarantee your next presentation we’ll be absolutely, positively NO SWEAT!

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About the Author

Fred E. Miller is a speaker, an international coach, and the author of the books,

“NO SWEAT Public Speaking!” and

“NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Businesses, Individuals, and Organizations hire him because they want to improve their Networking, Public Speaking, and

Presentation Skills.

They do this because they know:

Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities.

They also know:

We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. We like to work with Experts.

He shows them how to: Develop, Practice, and Deliver Fantastic Presentations! with – NO SWEAT!

Services:

Topics:

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel, Podcast Channel, and connect with me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

My books can be purchased on amazon.com.

NO SWEAT Public Speaking”

NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!”

Audible offers NO SWEAT Elevator Speech!” as an audio book.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this post or other posts please contact me: Fred@NoSweatPublicSpeaking.com.

Thank  you for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated!

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Mar 09 2020

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Yesssss!! Thank you for the insight!!

Sound, practical, concise tips

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Fred gives precise, honest tips that will make anyone a better speaker.