Motivational Speaker

Motivational Speaker

Do you want to be a motivational speaker? With a clear understanding of the fundamentals of motivation and some simple presentation techniques anyone can be a motivational speaker.

A motivational speaker is one who encourages people to do what they already know they need to do. A motivational speaker cannot make people act against their own self interest. That is not motivation – that would be coercion.

How do you motivate yourself?
How do you motivate your staff?
How to you motivate others?

So if these are questions that you want answered then visit this new blog - Motivational Speaker.

Don’t be afraid to be a motivational speaker. You don’t need to walk on coals and you don’t need to be perfect.

Go ahead learn more about motivational speaking.

George Torok
Motivational Speaker

The World of Communication

The World of Communication

If two otherwise equally qualified individuals compete for the same senior position in an organization, most of the time the one with better communications skills gets the job. Information and the ability to convey it is power.

But it is not just speech. Communication takes place in many forms - audio, visual, sensual - through sounds, images, and physical impulses. It consists of talking, listening, looking, touching, tasting, feeling, smelling, acting and much more.

It can involve sending messages through photographs, posters, books, newspapers, magazines, television, radio, recorded sound, video tape, computers, fax machines, and other forms of electronic telecommunication.

Everything you do and everything around you communicates messages. There are unlimited ways for you to organize ideas and communicate them to others.

Today we are experiencing an information and communications explosion. Years ago it seemed possible to give full attention to just about all the important ideas we heard in any given day. There were only a few television stations to choose from and only a handful of monthly news publications, popular magazines and newly published books in any given week.

Today, our choices are unlimited. There are more books and magazines to read, movies and television programs to watch, and speeches and lectures to listen to than we can possibly digest in a single lifetime.

Look in any bookstore, library, video outlet, or at the number of different courses available in any university. We are so swamped with “communications opportunities” that we cannot absorb all of the messages being conveyed.

There is so much communication noise going on in our world that it is very difficult to decide what we should pay attention to. We must make such choices quickly to keep up with the flow of data to which we are exposed. To cope, we tend to filter out most attempts to communicate with us and give our attention first to those ideas which “grab” us most, like the ones that are creatively conveyed to hold our interest.

Because of today’s information explosion, we must learn to compete with all of the other messages out there. It is critical that we communicate as quickly and effectively as we can. The challenge in today’s world is to capture other people’s attention – to get them to turn their concentration away from others and focus on us and our ideas.

The above is an excerpt from the soon to be revised and republished - "Secrets of Power Presentations".

Presentation Preparation Time

Presentation Preparation Time

How long does it take to prepare your presentation?
A survey conducted by Zoomerang and reported by Wallace Immen in the Globe and Mail stated that 36% of executives complained that presenting data in meetings is tedious. Twenty-four per cent said they dread it. That means that 60% of executives would rather not deliver presentations.

The time to prepare was the biggest complaint with 45 per cent needing an hour or more to prepare. And 34 per cent have endured all-nighters to prepare for an important presentation. (Wow – I haven’t done that since university.)

How long should it take to prepare a presentation?

It depends on how new the information is to you, on who you are presenting to and the importance of the presentation.

The rule of thumb is three hours of preparation for every hour of presentation.

But that is only a rule of thumb. If you are an effective presenter, know your topic and know the audience you can succeed with very little preparation.

However consider the example of my client who worked three days on a 12-minute presentation. As a result of that presentation he won a $10M contract. He already knew his topic and the audience. But he was willing to invest his time to fine tune his delivery. Three days of preparation to close a $10M deal sounds like an excellent return on investment.

I think it was worth the three days of preparation.

If executives better appreciate the value of their message and the delivery of that message then they might invest the time, money and effort to become better business presenters.

If you are a good executive presenter you could be ahead of 60% of the pack.

George Torok
Speech Coach for Executives