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“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” - Dorothy Nevill
Reward and/or acceptance speeches are some of the most difficult speeches to give. It doesn’t need to be that way! You are under pressure to appreciate the moment, be humble, and appreciate others.
The following are seven secrets I learned from watching Academy Awards acceptance speeches and how you can apply them in your life:
How to Give an Acceptance Speech: Seven Presentation Secrets Learned from the Academy Awards
By Ed Sykes
Academy Awards come and go, but one thing is a constant: bad acceptance speeches. You may never win an Academy Award, but you may be asked to give an acceptance speech for an accomplishment in your business, your career, your community, or your organization. Sometimes your acceptance speech will be for what you accomplished, or for what your team has accomplished.
Will you be ready when it is your time to give an acceptance speech?
The following are seven presentation secrets on how to give an outstanding acceptance speech in any situation:
- Prepare For the Moment – You may have heard the Oscar winners say, “I really didn’t think I would win,” or “I really didn’t think I would be standing here tonight,” and then give an acceptance speech like they didn’t think they would win. Well, my question is, “Why did you think you were invited to this gala event?” (Read the rest at Reward Speech)
”We can learn to soar only in direct proportion to our determination to rise above the doubt and transcend the limitations.” – David McNally.
Many times we put limitations for success upon ourselves. This limits our ability to achieve success in many areas of our life.
One of the biggest limitations we put on ourselves is in public speaking. We think, even before we speak, that we are not good public speakers. The secrets in the following article will help you eliminate your fears and remove the limitations so that you can be successful and soar when making presentations:
How to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking in Seven Powerful Steps
Have you ever avoided a career or business opportunity because it required you to speak publicly? Did you ever have a great idea you wanted to share in a group setting but didn’t because of your fear of speaking in front of a group of people?
You are not alone in the fear of public speaking. In my travels, I have seen where the fear of public speaking have kept otherwise very successful people in all walks of life from achieving their full potential. When you let this fear dominate your life, you lose out on promotions, business opportunities, community activities, and most of all self-confidence.
The following are seven powerful secrets to empowering you to overcome your fear of public speaking and achieving a new level of success in your career, your business, and your life:
- Ask Yourself the Important Question – Ask yourself, “Where does my fear come from and is it real?” Was there a public speaking opportunity in the past that you think didn’t go well or that you felt was poorly prepared? Maybe you had to stand up in front of your classmates in high school or college and someone made what you perceived as a negative comment concerning your presentation. Maybe you gave a good speech but you started to over analyze every detail of the speech.
- Face Your Fear of Public Speaking – The fastest way to overcome any fear, much less the fear of public speaking, is to face your fear and attack it. Look for and embrace opportunities to make presentations. Start with non-threatening opportunities such as your children’s school meeting or a non-work related situation and work your way up to more important, high pressure situations such as work meetings. (Read the rest of the article at Overcoming Fear Public Speaking)
“The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives.” – Anthony Robbins
It’s that time again…the monthly meeting. You break out in a cold sweat just thinking about it. Whether you present to your managers or your employees you are saying to yourself:
- What if I mess up during my presentation?
- What if I repeat myself during my presentation?
- What if the audience doesn’t like my presentation?
- What if I forget a part of my presentation?
- What if I look nervous during my presentation?
It’s okay! You’re not the only one feeling this way. The Book of Lists states that the #1 fear is public speaking. This fear is greater than the fear of death.
Well, I have the answers to your fears and can help you become an outstanding presenter. These 10 tips will help you gain outstanding presentation skills, overcome public speaking anxiety, and become more confident making presentations that achieve results.
- Start with an End in Mind – Ask yourself, “Why am I speaking?” “What do I want the audience to do after listening to my speech?” This will help you focus on the message you want to share with your audience. It will help you focus on who is your audience, the key points, and what you want your audience to do after listening to you.
- Keep It Simple – Keep your presentation simple by learning to “speak to express instead of speaking to impress.” What I mean by speaking to impress is when you see speakers using $5 words for $2 situations during speeches and they look uncomfortable doing it. Another example of this is when presenters overuse PowerPoint. Your audience will soon lose interest in what you are saying.
Also keep it simple with the structure of your speech. An opening, body with tree major points, and a closing will help you connect with your audience.
Just be sincere, concise, and simple in your presentation and you will always connect with your audience. (Read the other secrets at Presentations)