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February 11, 2009

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My apologies for this week's newsletter being late. My main work computer died, and a couple of days later, my household computer followed it to where computers go when they die. After much scrambling, borrowing from friends, and frantic shopping, I am once again up and running.

This week, we'll be talking about...

Keeping Interest

Table of Contents

1. Your contributions, buying speeches.

2. "Quotes To Speak By"

3. Where is the interest?

Welcome to our newsletter on the wonderful world of the spoken word. I would like to personally welcome all new subscribers, and thank those who have recommended our site. As always, we welcome your questions, suggestions, and contributions. Our aim is to help newcomers to public speaking, and aid old timers polish their skills. Hopefully whatever your status, you will find useful tips, suggestions, and ideas in our words. But before we begin...

1. Your Contributions

I'd like to remind you that you can contribute content to the site in a number of ways and on a variety of topics. If you have something to share about public speaking, href="/public-speaking-stories.html">share it!

Professional Speeches You Can Buy

While is all about writing speeches, we know that sometimes everyone gets short on time - at least, I do! So I reviewed a couple of websites where you can buy professionally-written speeches for those times when you just can't get your ready. Check them out at What to Do When You Need A Speech FAST.

2. "Quotes To Speak By"

Henry Miller (1891-1980), American author, said the key to being interesting is to

"Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music-the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself"

Nothing you say will keep your audiences' interest if you are not interested yourself.

3. Where is the interest?

You have an assignment, audience, and topic. Now what? Why is what you have to say interesting and important to this group? An old axiom in writing is to write about what you know. An accountant shouldn't try to delve deeply into international espionage, and a scientist probably shouldn't attempt a deeply moving tale about small town relationships. The same applies to speaking. The best way to relate to your audience is to show that you yourself are interested in it. How do you relate to the topic? How have you come by your knowledge?

Share your experiences, your personal stories. Just be certain they actually do relate to the topic! Personal experiences are always more interesting than the recitation of dry facts and figures. Draw from both the world and local experiences. Cite common sources.

For example, I regularly attend training sessions on providing effective ways to market items such as phone service. These sessions can last anywhere to one-half to three hours. The ones that drag on often are the shortest, with the presenter citing dry market references and sample scripts. In contrast, I have attended meetings as long as three hours that flew by, full of stories of personal experiences and flavor. The only way for a speaker to be interesting is to show personal excitement, and the wider your own interests, the more of yourself you can pour into your presentation.

Happy speaking!

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