Good afternoon to you all, and thanks so much for hanging around with me here in campbellsworld today.
This afternoon author Ann Chiappetta shares with us some great tips for readying one’s self for public speaking. As I read this fabulously written and very informative piece I was reminded of an interview I heard not long ago. Today as I read I couldn’t help thinking the interviewer would’ve done well to have had these wonderful tips.
Folks, Ann does lots of public speaking and I for one am going to take what she’s shared with us here to heart and you should too.
Have a look, and do be sure to keep reading after you’ve enjoyed Ann’s article to learn all about her latest published book as well as all the other magnificent things she has to offer.
How Can I Do That?
Tips for Presentations and Public Speaking for VIPs
By Ann Chiappetta M.S.
This article will examine the various ways a person who is blind utilizes text to speech technology, often referred to as a speech program, when speaking in public. Blind people cannot take a peek at a paper or read a teleprompter. Some visually impaired people can use magnifiers and large print, while others cannot; many individuals who lose vision later in life do not develop the skill required to read proficiently aloud from brailed notes. Therefore, should the VIP wish to speak in public, a reliable means other than brailed notes must be identified.
It is difficult to mention all the options for a person using audible prompting for public speaking, but examples will be provided to help the listener become familiar with some of these options. This primer will also help the listener identify the equipment and formatting to bring his or her best presentation to potential audiences.
A Note on Memorization
Many people panic when asked to memorize and repeat a series of numbers or a piece of text. For better or worse, this is the age of remembering passwords and user names and it is overwhelming; perhaps the ability to commit your own writing to memory is unrealistic. As a result, this article posits a person can combine memorization with other audible prompting tools to gain confidence and benefit from a successful presentation. This is what is meant by audible prompting.
One cannot be over-prepared. Good preparation produces a good presentation — it helps to relax the performance anxiety just enough to make it look effortless. It also is a back-up plan should things go awry, stressing the old adage, “always have a plan B,”.
Preparing the Text
This element is very important. If the text is not formatted to flow when read aloud, you will encounter trouble when reading it aloud. A presentation is a type of performance, and the piece you present is the script. If the line is too long, the natural pause and other rhythmic breaks will be lost and result in a very stiff and stilted recitation. Similarly, if the speech program speaks too fast, you will become overwhelmed and lose your place.
For example, take a twenty-line poem and listen to your speech program, then repeat it. You may benefit from slowing down the speech program to help you practice repeating each line after hearing it. It will seem awkward at first and you will need to invest some effort.
When reading the piece, take note of the natural pauses and breaks as you repeat what is spoken by the speech program. If you cannot remember the line completely with one listen, make a new line at the point where it becomes hard to recall the words. A long line will hang up the speaker, while shorter lines can be accessed quickly by using the down arrow for navigation. Shorter lines mean better performance and quick orientation in terms of this medium, especially if you lose your place.
Example: using laptop, single ear headphone or ear bud.
Helpful Hint: practice and record your presentation, play it back and listen for places where you become tongue tied or struggle to follow the text. You may find you will need to edit the presentation, which can also help make it stronger.
The day of the presentation, I bring my laptop, the presentation saved in Microsoft Word on it, a/c adapter, ear piece, spare headset, and a back-up on my iPad, checking both before packing them up.
I have already practiced and revised until I feel confident, I could even muddle through should every piece of technology fail. Hope for the best and Plan for the worst.
The key to becoming proficient with audible prompting takes practice. This method helps not just presenters who are blind, but other individuals who are challenged by printed materials. Individuals with Dyslexia, for instance, use effective listening to help with presentation notes. Think of this method like the old-fashioned script prompter whispering your lines. By the time you step onto the stage, all you will require is a little help.
MORE ABOUT ANN CHIAPPETTA…
In this new collection, Words Of Life: Poems And Essays, the author once again exhibits the ability to write about both the light and dark sides of life.
To purchase Ann’s books, go to http://www.dldbooks.com/annchiappetta/