10 quick tips for talks and speeches: how to time yours perfectly

If you do any kind of public speaking – whether an elevator speech at a business meeting, a speech at a wedding, a presentation to colleagues, or anything else – keeping your content to a set time is usually very important.

10 quick tips for talks and speeches: how to time yours perfectly

As you grow more confident, you’ll find you depend less and less on your script, so work with highlighting key points to remind you – then ad lib the rest

And there’s nothing more embarrassing than being “buzzed” because you’re running over your time slot … being frantically waved at by an event organiser who is desperate to keep the meeting on schedule when you seem to be talking on blithely … or watching a social audience get twitchy, desperate to move on to the bar or to the toilets, or both.

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1. No worries: timing your talk or speech is simple

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50 very quick tips: how to write and make powerful podcasts

Although we’ve already looked at some tips on writing for spoken speech in articles like this here on HTWB, since those were written circumstances have changed and so, too, have the goal posts where both writing and production are concerned.

50 very quick tips: how to write and make powerful podcasts

Powerful podcast how-to: a step-by-step guide from the twinkle in your eye to the finished product, by Suzan St Maur on HowToWriteBetter.net

Here then, are my up-to-date tips on how to do this well for the ever-popular podcast medium… [Read more…]

How to make good business videos without going to Hollywood

Further to my two earlier articles about the need for a script when you make even the simplest of business videos and how to write and use that script, let’s now take a look at how to inspire a bit of audience-pleasing imagination into your 2 minute website intro or your business’s YouTube channel.

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A good business video doesn’t have to cost much to film and edit, as long as you make the most of the medium. It won’t be a Hollywood production, but it will show customers and prospects what your business can do for them.

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DIY video-ers: why proper video scripts save time and money – and don’t bite

Further to my article a while back in which I promised to show you how to write a video script, here we are and here it is in the form of a short(ish) tutorial. If you haven’t seen one of these animals before panic not: they are very friendly and never have been known to bite anyone…

DIY video-ers - why proper video scripts save time and money, and don't bite

And it’s intensely helpful. Why? Because the script allows you to plan out your video – even if it’s only 3 minutes long – so when you come to shoot and edit it everything falls into place and you get a far better result than you would by randomly shooting this and that and hoping you can pull it all together in the edit. [Read more…]

What words to choose when you’re on live video

What words to choose when you're on live video

Watch out, you’re on live video…

These days we see video – a lot of it of terrible quality, but never mind – almost everywhere.

No sooner does someone get up to speak at a meeting than someone else exposes their sweaty armpits as they raise a smartphone up and film the person … [Read more…]

Business writing stories from the coalface…your business or your life

Life as a business writing wallah isn’t always merely a matter of applying fingers to keyboard. Here’s one short story that I think I should save for the autobiography…

Never waste a business opportunity

Business writing stories from the coalface...your business or your life

When you write speeches for life assurance sales people, you ARE going to buy a policy from them. Aren’t you.

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