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GREAT SPEAKERS NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 6, 2019 
PORTLAND, OREGON
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"A game changer for speakers - guarantees results."
 
GREAT SPEAKERS USE ACTING SKILLS WORKSHOP

IMG_1709[1]SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2019
2 PM to 7 PM

1633 NW Glisan St.
Portland, OR


Email Barbara for more information.

My last workshop was OUTSTANDING. So many smart and interesting people came and each one left with something they could apply immediately to their work.

Now it's your chance.

Register by October 27 and get a discount.

 


"I DID WHAT YOU TOLD ME TO DO."
 

Beyond Crystal Ballroom, Julie Davis, (c)2012Great results from two individual clients who attended my last workshop have me smiling and happy.

Peter heads a very active and large charity. He is new to the position. He called because he was being asked to make short speeches, often. He is a soft spoken man and that wasn’t helping him rouse the troops to give in time and money. When I had him focus on the exciting results he could accomplish and all the people he could help; Peter became energized without thinking about it, he spoke with authenticity and with passion.

Last week he called to tell me he was very pleased with the speech we’d been working on. I said “What did you do?” He said, “I did what you told me to do. “What did I tell you to do?” I asked.

“You said to make eye communication with everyone and make sure that I landed my words on them. You said it wasn’t about me. And you told me to fill the room with my energy. I love speaking.”

I didn’t think I’d ever hear that from him.

David is an administrator at a Regional Museum and he sent me videos of events he’d spoken at. He was already pretty good but I knew he could be better and so did he.

After working with David I received an email from him with an attachment. He had done a radio commercial for the Museum and wanted me to hear it. I couldn’t believe it. He sounded like a pro. I know because I am a pro. I called him and said “David, what did you do? That was terrific.” “I did what you told me to do.” he said. “What did I tell you to do?” I asked.

“You said that I should speak supported by my breath and that each word mattered and that it wasn’t about me but about the community at the Museum.”

As a coach you sometimes don’t know what hits home with people, but Peter and David were listening. Both these men had something else in common. They worked hard at the assignments they were given and with the practice came the mastery.

 
INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS STORIES

Katrina Sarson - Oregon Public Broadcasting - Oregon Art Beat
  • Barbara helped me find ways to connect with the audience and communicate more clearly and authentically while on camera. Rather than teaching me to “perform”, she helped me relax and be myself on camera, while still using techniques that allow me to communicate well in this medium.
Julia Thompson
Communications Manager, City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
  • I was attracted to her approach of using acting skills to improve speaking because it tackles the real barriers that block us from being effective speakers – overcoming the fear and phobia around being fully present with the people you are speaking with. [The immediate results?]: A greater consciousness and feeling more energized when I’m speaking in front of people.
Kili Marti
Public speaker/Fitness performer/Fitness trainer-instructor/Training facility owner of Sweat 360, Athletic Performance Training
  • I could visually and verbally see a difference in my stage performance and presenting skills. I had a confidence in everything I presented. Whether it be a speech, and educational seminar or a big stage performance – I just felt like I was, “IN IT”!

 


"Creativity is an Act of Bravery"

My energy is dedicated to supporting the dangerous artist, the authentic speaker, and all other adventurers brave enough to go outside their comfort zone to explore the extraordinary that lives in them.


SIDEBAR:
THE COMMON NEGLECTED TOOLS

BREATH SUPPORT - Nobody takes this seriously. And yet the allure of your voice, the passion in your presentation, the variety in your words and the power of your images all are linked to YOUR BREATH. Breath (a good deep one) and then start slowly speaking letting the air push the words out.

GIVING VALUE AND MUSCLE TO EVERY WORD (even "the" and "and" and "a"). If you take a close look (which is my job) you will notice that you hide from the audience when you drop the energy in a word,. You leave the audience when you slur and glide over a word making it unimportant. You ignore the audience when you don’t USE EVERY WORD. And you know what?  They have been waiting for an out. Just a couple of seconds of not caring enough about them and they’re gone. Is that what you want?

PAUSING AND SLOWING DOWN. Nobody takes it seriously. When I ask people to slow down and use pauses, most don't feel comfortable enough to really take this concept in as they feel exposed. It always takes me six or seven or more times to get them to slow way down and take much longer pauses. We think we're boring so we want to move it along. We don't realize that the audience is hearing our words for the first time and they need help digesting the new information we're giving them. They do that in the pauses.

I’ve talked about all this before, but it bears constant repeating, in new ways to bring it home, because it’s THAT important. I know. I’ve seen the results in my workshops and in my individual clients.

And there is more.


Barbara Kite

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