Monthly Archive for August, 2010

I recently read Boring to Bravo, an impressive book on audience engagement written by Kristin Arnold. (You can find the Six Minutes book review here.)

When I found out that Ms. Arnold is also the President of the National Speakers Association (NSA) for 2010-2011, I approached her to see if she would answer a few questions about the NSA.

I’m delighted to be able to share her interview with you here.

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You know your content. Success is in view.

But now, your time slot has been chopped in two.

Oh my! Oh my! What will you do?

ACK!

If you’ve been speaking for a while, this has probably happened to you. If it hasn’t yet, it’s only a matter of time.

Can you still salvage the presentation and provide value for your audience?

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Six Minutes weekend reviews bring the best public speaking articles to you.

This review features topics including:

  • convention speech flashbacks;
  • persuasive speaking;
  • speech critiques;
  • being charismatic;
  • PowerPoint and Star Wars;
  • making money from speaking;
  • speaker gifts;
  • and more!

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The previous article in the Ethos, Pathos, and Logos series defined logos and described why logical arguments are so important for your presentations.

Okay, that’s all very good in theory, but do we need to be logical masters to build high logos?

No, not at all.

In this article, we examine simple techniques you can use in your presentations to be more persuasive by improving your logos.

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Runners train for months to prepare themselves for an important race, yet all they’re doing is simple, repetitive exercises. Does that make the exercises unimportant? Of course not!

Along the same lines, below are some simple yet powerful “exercises” for honing your confidence, credibility, and audience connection immediately before your next high-stakes presentation opportunity.

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Have you ever listened to a speaker and thought:

  • “I’m… so… lost.”
  • “How did he come to that conclusion?”
  • “Interesting theory, but it wouldn’t work for me.”
  • “No way! That number has to be wrong.”
  • “Nice slides, but I’ll stick with my own method.”

In all of these cases, the speaker probably suffered from poor logos. As a result, it’s doubtful that you adopted their central message or followed the call-to-action.

In this article of the Ethos, Pathos, and Logos series, we examine logos and the importance of conveying your message in a way that is both understandable and convincing to your audience.

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Six Minutes weekend reviews bring the best public speaking articles to you.

This review features topics including:

  • recently released speaking books;
  • another TED talk critique;
  • using video in your talk;
  • overcoming youth-centric stereotypes;
  • moderating a panel;
  • and more!

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A few weeks ago, we examined 27 Hot Summer Reads — popular books being read by the Six Minutes community.

On my recent vacation, I took a copy of Boring to Bravo. It’s a perfect summer read. Not only is it organized into easily digestible chunks (read a section or two while sipping lemonade on the deck), it is also packed with techniques which will energize your presentations.

This article is the latest of a series of public speaking book reviews here on Six Minutes.

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