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Preparation before the speech

Preparation before the speech

Find your center, perhaps with a breathing exercise or five minutes of meditation to calm the inner storm, and prepare.

When there's an intense underlying emotion beneath the desire to communicate something, we tend to hyper-express a messy tangle of words that fail to capture what we're really trying to say. 

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MORE IDEAS FROM Compelling speakers do these 4 things every single time

Movement during the speech
Harnessing energy and erratic movements while talking in front of an audience will give the impression that you are calm and in command.

There's a lot of good research that suggests that we project influence and status on people who aren't fidgeting around a lot when they are talking to people.

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Tape your next presentation or meeting to see where you're missing the mark, and get somebody to give you feedback. 

Keep at it. Presidents Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush were considered blazingly bad public speakers at first, but dramatically and steadily improved with continued practice.

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You don't want to give the impression that you're acting. 

People will figure out when you're trying to be someone that you're not.

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What makes Obama's speeches memorable
  1. Transcendence. By using concrete and tangible language, he can transport audiences to another place and actually paint a portrait that they can see in their minds’ eye.
  2. Repetition. Used artfully, it helps to clearly emphasize one idea and make it memorable.  
  3. Gestures and voice. He uses gestures to punctuate nearly every sentence. He also uses his voice effectively: He slows it down, lowers his volume, and pauses for impact. 

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Lesson 1: Practice, practice, practice

Leading up to the big speech at the end of the film, King George and his coach rehearsed over and over again–out loud!

You have to practice out loud to get a feel for how the words will flow so that you can speak without hesitation.

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Eisenhower Decision Matrix

The matrix consists of a square divided into 4 quadrants:

  1. Important/Urgent quadrants are done immediately and personally;
  2. Important/Not Urgent quadrants get an end date and are done personally;
  3. Unimportant/Urgent quadrants are delegated;
  4. Unimportant/Not Urgent quadrants are dropped.

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