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Speak to be remembered this summer!

Yes, it is the “lazy, hazy days of summer” and we all are looking forward to getting away from the intensity of the year. But you still have to hold a presence in their mind…and you can. You can be “hot” in the midst of the summer heat, without raising the temperature outside…by being memorable with your presentation…and unique.

I have said before that your “brain thinks in pictures” so bring a memorable imprint to the podium with you.

Whether you are bringing a prop up with you…or your message is so strong that it doesn’t even need a prop…make it memorable.
Come out with an incredible opening line statement, and make it powerful. So powerful that people will come up to you later on and say…”That is so cool what you opened up with!”

Mark Twain sayings, can be used frequently for opening or closing sentences. Check out his litany of comments or beliefs and build it into your speech.
If you are giving a presentation with graphs or statistics…why not open with his line of…”There are lies, there are damn lies…and then there are statistics!” Trust me when you say that, it will bring a gentle smile to their face…or it at least will give you a more subtle opening into a dry topic.
No one needs another boring presentation full of statistics, bars and graphs.
C’mon make it easier on your listening audience, by bringing some dry humor into it.
Another memorable Mark Twain sentence is….
“The older I get, the more clearly I remember things, that never happened!”
With that sentence in mind, you can now review information that has to be reviewed…it may be a deluge of data, but at least you can soften it by bringing a lightness to the relevant data, that needs to be presented.
These are just suggestions…but make it easier on your listening audience. Some may even want to be there, but I can guarantee you that the 80%-20% ratio has a portion of people who do not.

So make it memorable, make it credible,…and make it you!

Looking for even more dynamic ideas? Call EileenStrong
at 732-389-3868 today. It’s worth it!

Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say and Don’t Be Mean When You Say It

The power of YOUR words.
Seriously think about it. What you can say can have such lasting impact in your professional and personal life. The power of just a few words can make or break a persons relationship with you directly.
When you were young….you probably heard “sticks and stone can break my bones but words can never hurt me”….what a crock!

Words hurt.
It’s that simple.
Words can hurt and words can heal.
Seriously think before you speak, because what you say can have such long term impact on lives.
Whether you are speaking to a group of 4, 40 or 400 people…choose your words carefully. They can have impact!
Think before you speak.
Your presentation can be so profound and so powerful….and it comes back to you. What did you say…and why did you say it?

You can take an audience who may only have a moderate amount of intention of listening to you….but then you can turn it around and make it powerful and compelling.
Seriously, think before you speak.
Probably you will capture more credibility with your audience AND clients.
It sounds so simple….but it truly is so powerful.

Finding your niche in any market!

Last night 11/14/10 I stood amidst 2,000 people at the opening keynote for the international pharmaceutical meeting in New Orleans. How would you find a keynote speaker who could engage and entertain such a diverse, yet specifically educated field of research scientists and chemical engineers?
Well they did…..kind of.
The stage was set with plastic covering the floor and sides. 5 large easels were displayed with a multitude of brushes and cans of paint. Who were they bringing out that could engage and “entertain” basically a very intellectual group?
Well out came the “on-site” artist Michael Israel who creates large portraits of famous people, with frenzied and dramatic strokes while loud music blares in the background.
Within minutes he had the crowd mesmerized as he did a colorful portrait of John Lennon. Next he changed the music and he went on to a montage of portraits of the Beatles as a group. This was followed by a creative, montage of colors that evolved into Albert Einstein. AND here was where he fulfilled his niche.
He stated that those in the audience were on the “cutting edge” of creating new compounds; new drugs in different and exciting ways that would help the worlds population. He talked of the attendees discipline and drive to study, create and continue to explore new and different ways to help mankind. Just like Einstein!
This artistic genius of Michael Israel rocked!
And I was impressed. Not only did he entertain, but he informed and recognized the skills of this eclectic audience.
As a professional keynoter myself, I new that he satiated the audience and left them impressed.
And that is the objective of any person who has to make an impression.
You want your impression to be positive, and long lasting.
As I tell my clients and my college students, “the brain thinks in pictures”…and that is what Mr. Israel did, in such a grandiose way!
So find your niche…and make it work. It will probably take several attempts, but find one that works for you.
At nearly 6ft. tall and the last name of Strong, I have focused on the fact that I am the “Attitude Amazon.” With a last name of Strong and having this height, I chose to make it work! And it has. Next I found my niche of speaking on CHANGE. But I broke it into an acronym of C.H.A.N.G.E.=S. And this breaks into Communication, Health, Atttiude, Negativity, Goals, Education and when they are combined, you deal with “change”…successfully!
Remember, change is taking place everywhere, everyday. How you adapt to it is a journey. How Michael Israel found a career changing opportunity in creating portraits; with frenzy and music… was a very, very successful change to his career. He found his niche…now
go find yours!
Helping people present and strategize their business presentations in a credible way, is what Strong Incentives does.
Interested? Well, discover how to present a new or old subject that will have people applauding the way they did for Michael Israel last night.
You’re worth it….as he found out…so was he…in the most unusual environment possible!
Not only did he entertain, but he took it to a next level by auctioning off the paintings that night to help the Gulf Fishermen, crippled fiscally by the BP Oil spill.
“Hats off” to you Mr. Israel!

Know your material…literally be prepared!

When presenting there can be so many variables. Cell phones ringing, people distracting your flow when you present, interruptions, people leaving to make a call. All of these components can affect the quality of your presentation. Being interrupted can upset you from feeling smooth and confident about your material. It happens to the best of us!
When you know your topic, and can pick up at any point in time (and this takes practice) you will always have a sense of credibility. People will realize if you have felt distracted and have lost your flow.
As my late uncle used to say….”Now that I was so rudely interrupted”
He may not be in your audience….but they are out there.
Confidence regarding your message, clarity and credibility will make you shine.
If you were a boy scout you would remember their motto “always be prepared”….well it is the truth. Be prepared and you will be great!