Unknown to most people, I had my Performance Coach come and witness me perform as the Master of Ceremonies during Day 2 of a recent convention. She gave me some great feedback.
She also made the comment that there were 2 big mistakes that most speakers made on stage. Including some of the more experienced speakers. I was talking about these mistakes with a meet up of a LinkedIn group this morning and thought that they may be of value to others who perform on stage. So here they are:
1) Speakers were not able to receive the acknowledgement from the crowd.
After a speaker spoke, the crowd got excited, applauded, whistled, threw items of clothing (ok so maybe not the last one) and the speaker gave a simple wave and walked off stage. It is the same as someone saying “Wow I like that outfit” and getting the reply “This old thing? I got it for $2 at the opshop”.
At the end of your presentation when people are applauding, stand there and receive it. Give a big bow or wave to acknowledge it but take the time to receive the accolades being given to you.
2) Most speakers used only 1/3 of the stage.
There was a huge stage there. USE IT! Ok so it can be fun to step off the stage, but it is also harder to see you. Way better to use the entire stage to better engage with your audience. I get for MCs we can be stuck at the lectern. Personally, I request a lapel microphone so I can stay away from the lectern. It helps me engage better and “play” with the audience.
So what do you think?
Do you agree with these concepts?
How will you change your next presentation?
Another edition of Entrepreneurs In Action has been released. This session is an interview with serial entrepreneur Tim Hyde.
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As part of the recent Festival of Warwick, Wifey took me to see Suzanne Vega at the Melbourne Recital Centre. A fantastic concert at a brilliant venue.
One of the things that made it so good was it’s minimalism.
The set was simple; just some coloured lights on the curtains.
The band was simple; just Suzanne and her guitarist Gerry.
The introduction was short and simple; no support act, just Suzanne Vega.
The show was loaded with great songs and went for nearly 2 hours.
I was thrilled at the sound Gerry got from his guitar. A few bits of equipment (loop pedal and other effect pedals) and he was making some great sounds.
What made the show so engaging was the lack of flashy effects. You got the core elements. It was a prime example of Less Is More.
So what about you? Where in your life could you have Less and be More? Do Less and achieve More? Take Less and give More?
Image: Gerry Leonard
Forgive me but I am confused. There are just too many “Days” floating around.
This week it has been Pay It Forward Day, Earth Day, Easter Day(s), Anzac Day, and I am sure there have been other days, ribbons to wear, causes to contribute to, and ideas to believe in.
Here is what I long for. A world without “Days”. A world where we care enough about each other, care enough about where we live, care about who we work with, care about those less fortunate and, well, basically just Care.
If we just cared a little more and showed that we care in our actions, if we considered the impact of what we did and who it would affect, I think this world would be a better place to live.
So how will you show you care? It’s the Day for it!
So you didn’t know I could sing?
Come and see my choir sing and have a fabulous afternoon of entertainment. Sunday 25th May at the Comic’s Lounge, 26 Errol St, North Melbourne.
Doors open at 1:30pm Tickets $20 and kids are free.
Fantastic, family friendly entertainment. Find out more, hear some samples and get tickets here.
Today is my birthday. I am 46 years old!
Woo hooo!! There was a time when that was the average male life expectancy. Nowadays, it is barely halfway.
I have so many things to be grateful for on this day. Too many to mention them all but there is one very special thing I must acknowledge.
I am so blessed with some amazing people in my life. Of course my best friend Wifey! There is also my close circle of friends and then there are those in my bigger circle.
My friends all seem to be amazingly talented as well. In fact, let me share my birthday present with you. A couple of gorgeous gals I know took time out of their holiday to make this for me. It is one of the most beautiful gifts I have ever received. What do you think of it?
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This is Lester. I love him (not in the biblical sense!) and HATE him all in the same breath.
As you probably know from seeing any image of me, I am a Nutritional Over Achiever.
One of my mantras has always been “Happy Healthy Hundred.” I want to live to be a hundred years old but be happy and healthy when I get there. Being a nutritional overachiever will limit the possibility of that happening and while mantras are great, a mantra alone won’t get you there. While I am waiting for the Universe to provide, others are getting off their backside and making things happen.
So I finally bit the bullet and joined the Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre (it’s a fantastic facility so if you live in the area, check it out)
I love the idea of carrying less body fat. I love the idea of living a medication free life. I love the idea of bouncing around on stage inspiring people without puffing. I love the idea of taking my dog for a run (have you seen how fast toy poodles are?). I HATE the idea of dieting. I HATE the idea of exercising. I HATE the idea of hurting after a workout.
So here is what I am doing, I am focusing on what I love and not what I hate. I am engaging that quite rare sense of Delayed Gratification. I get it will take me a while to build my fitness levels back up and drop some of the body fat so I am focussing on the benefits of what that will give me rather than the short term pain I have to endure.
To get me there, Lester took me to task.
I could only hobble, not walk for three days! I was cursing him and he only laughed at me when I told him what I thought of him. So even though I make a lot of noise about it, I am still focussed on the long term payoff and not the short term pain.
I am embracing the concept of “It doesn’t hurt once the pain goes.”
While this applies to me with my current level of fitness and the rather cruel Lester, does this situation exist for you at all?
Maybe not with fitness but with a skill, an education level, your personal investments, your relationships or another are of your life? Where do you need to engage an expert who you can help you achieve the goals you want even though there may be some short term pain to get there?
Basically who do you need to Love and Hate? Go find them and make it happen.
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One of the lessons I learn’t early on in life was that I don’t have the time, energy or inclination to make all the mistakes I need to. Mistakes are one of the biggest and best ways to learn how to do and how not to do things. I don’t know about you, but who has time to make that many mistakes? I am a big fan of learning from the mistakes and lessons of others. It saves me pain and accelerates my success. It is for this reason I have set up Entrepreneurs In Action It is a regular podcast of interviews with successful Entrepreneurs. The first episode is out there and the first interview is launching tomorrow. You can subscribe with your iTunes account at http://www.EntrepreneursInAction.com.au or create a Podomatic account at http://warwickmerry.podomatic.com/ When you next make a mistake or have a “learning experience” make sure it is not just you who learns from it. Share it with people who need to know because when it comes to learning everything by doing it yourself, who has time for that?
Whether you are buying cleaning equipment or other industrial equipment, there are 7 key mistakes you want to avoid.
In this edition of Entrepreneurs In Action, Peter Bettes from CPC Equipment shares his experience on how to avoid those mistakes.
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A client has asked me
“How do you say no?
When you’re too busy, you’re weighed down, your priorities rule you, but you just want to say yes to everyone. Don’t want to let anyone down. You bend your life to fit them in and then you lose sleep because it just doesn’t all fit.
How do you say no?”
No is the most productive word in the world.
Danielle Storey, the Million Dollar Client Relationship expert insists that “No opens the door to yes” and that has been my experience also.
So why don’t we say it more?
There is a common saying that if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person. This is built on the concept that they won’t say NO.
There are a couple of elements to this that we need to examine:
1) Our Image
We don’t want to be seen as someone who lets another down. We want to say yes because if we don’t we think that someone else will think poorly of us. That someone else could be a friend, a family member, a boss, a colleague, a new friend, an old friend or even a random stranger.
The first thing you MUST take on board is this. What other people think of you is none of your business.
They may think poorly of you but if they are someone who truly values you, they will accept whatever your response is because they will know you have a lot more going on in your life than what they know about. Do you really want to spend time with someone who gets upset because you won’t do them a favour? You are worth more than that.
2) Who is Asking
My experience is the difficulty to say NO depends on who is asking. It can be very difficult to say no to a family member. They also have the advantage of more power when it comes to emotional manipulation purely because of their history with you.
The same can be said for a Boss or a client. For some reason we think our job or the contract is at risk. As I will explain later, they both actually WANT you to say No. They just don’t realise it.
3) Self Belief
It is so important to realise that you are worth saying no for. Too often we can see how others should say No more often but can’t see that we are in the same boat. Trust me, you are truly worth it. Your time is more important to you than it is to anyone else. Your own plans need your attention. Your own desires and needs are also important. Do not sacrifice yourself and your own needs and wants unnecessarily for others. Being a martyr is not as good as people want you to believe it is!
I love what the flight attendants say every time I am on a plane. “When the mask falls from the ceiling, please be sure to fit your own before you assist others.”
If you don’t look after your own needs, no one else will. You have to be ok first before you can be of service to others.
4) They Want you to Say No
Without realising it, other people want you to say No.
Most people operate on the basis that you are a mature person and when you have reached capacity you will say so. To keep saying yes when it is costing you in terms of time, energy and even sanity is not fair to you or to the business or family unit. So even though they may seem like they don’t want to hear you say no, they will be much happier you did that to come to them at the deadline and say, “Sorry I didn’t get it done.”
To get a bit hippy for a moment, saying no is one of the biggest acts of self-love that you can do.
By all means, please do things for other people. Please give of yourself generously but not at the expense of yourself.
You owe it to yourself to say NO. It is the most productive and most powerful word in the world.
One thing that successful entrepreneurs do is take action, and loads of it!
I have created, and am hosting, a new program that highlights some of these entrepreneurs and the kind of action that they are taking.
Over the coming months you will hear from a diverse range of entrepreneurs with a diverse range of experience. To help set the scene for this program, I recorded a short 5 minute intro.
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I was fortunate enough to be one of the guests on Jacki Mitchell’s Taking Care of Business radio program. It is an award winning program that looks at many different aspects of business and what you need to do to stay ahead of the curve.
We were talking about Exhibiting and business in general. Naturally I think it is worth listening to!
You can hear the full show here
Let me know what you think.
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