Speak Wells Reminders: Presentation Strategies with You in Mind
When I work with clients, I always say:
“Do these exercises a few times a week and they will become second nature.” But, no matter how good-intentioned we are, work and life get moving and we forget. Here’s your chance to get a reminder!
Being reminded is proven to kick start good habits, according to Charles Duhigg in his book, The Power of Habit. He outlines that all habits follow the same three steps:
- The Trigger (Reminder): the event that starts the habit.
- The Routine: the behavior that you do, the habit itself.
- The Reward: the benefit that is associated with the behavior.
Here are a few examples:
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+ Voice: Most people hate the sound of their own recorded voice
Most people hate the sound of their own recorded voice, because it doesn’t have the same resonance that it has in our own head. The best thing to get over it is with “exposure therapy” and listen to yourself once a day and get used to how you sound. Support your voice with a full, deep belly breath and your resonance will increase. And thankfully, no one sounds like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cVlTeIATBs
+ General: The Magic of Three’s for audience retention, brevity and humor
The Magic of Three’s for audience retention, brevity and humor
Most audiences can remember a maximum of three key ideas, which is why you likely have heard this advice before: Limit Your Main Points to Three. Of course there can be sub-points (3 max) but it’s important to think about how you can clump your main ideas together under only three main headings. Three is the smallest amount of information that can create a pattern, which is how a math expert may explain the number's importance. Jonathan Crossfield has some fantastic thoughts here too…
There’s something about our English language that lends itself to threes. Putting words and ideas in a group of three can add rhythm and cadence to the sound of the language and add inspiration and passion to the message. Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
Not only was this a worthy sentiment, it was also a powerful rhetorical technique. A series of three parallel words, phrases, or clauses is known as a tricolon in literary parlance. (from Rog, L.J. (2010). Marvelous minilessons for teaching…. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Veni, vidi, vici – A triad translated from Latin as "I came, I saw, I conquered", and popularly attributed to Julius Caesar of Rome. Three also is magical for its use in humor – things are funnier in threes. In fact, you need three in order complete the pattern, remember? A blond and brunette, just isn’t enough…we need the redhead
How often will I send the reminders?
The emails are random, so you won't anticipate when they will come and they will be a surprise. Hey, that sounds like fun! They will be sent at some point between Monday through Friday 8am -7pm EST. Maybe three times a week…twice a day, once a week, who knows? The plan is to keep you on your toes. Use an email address that you will check during the work day – we’ll only send you the reminders, no other emails, never spam, etc.
They will be useful, of course, and fun! Sometimes you’ll get a quick read, an image, a gif, a video link, maybe a written exercise, a posture shift, who knows?
They'll be different every time. Maybe even a little irreverent, but always work appropriate.
You’ll be able to give feedback, too. If you want more of one kind of reminder, let us know. We will be expanding and tailoring as we go and can make them work for you, so long as you tell us what is working for you. Maybe we will even create an app? That would be cool!
You'll get strategies in these areas:
- Boosting confidence and handling nerves
- Building vocal power – pace, volume, articulation and more
- Presentation creation, organization, optimization and delivery