Why You Should Not Memorize the Body of Your Speech Or Presentation

At a workshop I was holding in Toronto, one of the participants proceeded to deliver part of a rote, memorized persuasive presentation. This man, who I will call Bill, told us that he was a ‘professional’ speaker and that his presentations lasted 90 minutes. Luckily for us, he was only allowed to speak for 8-9 minutes; however, it took just 5 minutes of his memorized script for the attention of the group to begin to fade, as their eyes glazed over.

What was so interesting about Bill’s delivery was that at one point, he forgot a word. He then looked up to the ceiling, trying to capture the word. It was at that moment, and at that moment only, that he sounded and looked natural.

If you memorize your presentation or your speech, you are bound by the memorized word. Public speaking has, as one of its two fundamentals terms, the word speaking. The premise is that you are to talk to your audience, not at them. If you deliver a memorized script, you are not talking to or communicating with your listeners, you are performing. In that sense, you are acting.

The difficulty with memorization is two-fold:

1. If you forget where you are, you will have much more difficulty recapturing your thoughts. With memorization, there is a different thought process involved than in speaking around notes, a PowerPoint presentation or slides. In the latter, you have bullet points pointing you in the right direction. If you forget where you are when playing the piano, for example, it is quite possible that your fingers will continue to play even if your mind goes blank. This only happens, however, if you know the musical selection inside and out. Why the same does not hold true for memorization in speaking, however, is because the words will not come out of your mouth if you have forgotten what comes next.

2. The other problem with memorization is that you do not sound natural. Your delivery is much like that of the telesales people who phone you with their memorized script, trying to sell you something. What is fascinating about their approach is that they have no desire to communicate with you. Their role is to spit out a pile of words, trying to force you to listen and never once showing an interest in your response. Trying to politely end the conversation is near to impossible; and, sometimes the only way to tell them you are not interested is to hang up. Much the same is happening to the delivery of the memorized speech or presentation. It does not allow for your awareness of your audience’s reaction to you.

There are times when memorization is a must in public speaking. The body of your speech or presentation is not one of them.

Best Fishing Presents: Present Ideas For Fishing Enthusiasts

Do you have a present to buy for a fishing lover? If so, this article will give you many ideas to ensure that the present you buy will be well appreciated and put into use to catch big fish.

First of all, you should know what type of fishing the recipient prefers. Does he/she fish in creeks to catch little trout? If so, you may wish to get a fly box with an assortment of flies. A fly fishing vest would delight any amateur fly fisherman/woman. (as long as they don`t already have one!) Come to think of it, hip waders would also be a perfect present for trout fishing enthusiasts.

If the fisherman is a bass fisherman or fisherwoman there is no better gift than a bass bucket of tackle. This gift basket is packaged in a minnow bucket and is filled with brand name tackle for bass fishing. It contains lures, hooks, bobbers, sinkers, jigs, line, swivels, floats, stringer and more. Can you imagine the excitement a bass fishing lover will get from this present?

If you need to buy a present for a saltwater deep sea fisherwoman/fisherman, ideal present ideas would include a fisherman`s toolkit or a fisherman`s outdoor tool collection with such goodies as knives, flashlight, scissors, cutting board, scale, file, gloves and rugged storage case.

On the other hand, if you are not sure which type of fishing the person practices, or if they fish for whatever is in season, here are the most popular presents for fishing this year… A multi-tool for fishing is sure to be a hit with fishing lovers. With such goodies as a hook remover, fish scraper, flashlight, knife, measure, scale and scissors, a good multi tool should definitely impress and amuse. A fancy tackle box or tackle bag is another idea, as is a t-shirt with a fishing message on it or a fishing book such as Bob Izumi`s 101 Best Fishing Tips.

A fishing magazine subscription will undoubtedly receive rave reviews since this is a present that keeps on giving throughout the year. The recipient will be reminded of your thoughtfulness many times during the year.

Finally, if you want to get really creative, a custom made fishing gift basket is a good idea. Create this gift basket filling it with things you know the fishing lover in your life will enjoy such as fishing lures, attractant spray, a fishing magazine, fish batter and newest little gadgets like a rock to sharpen his fishing knife and water resistant gloves.

Avoiding Credit Card Lawsuit With Debt Negotiations

If your creditor is on the verge of filing a credit card lawsuit against you and you do not want to take the case all the way to court, you can save yourself and the other party all the trouble by simply negotiating debt settlement. Debt negotiation is one of the easiest way to get out of debt. However, there are also certain risks involved when negotiating with creditors and these risks will only lead to more problems if you are not careful. Some creditor will try to scam delinquent debtors to squeeze as much money as they can from the negotiation and will often use the credit card lawsuit as a bait.

In this article, we will discuss tips on how to successfully negotiate with your creditor and avoid credit card lawsuit.

Junk Debt Buyers

Dealing with a junk debt buyer is more complicated as opposed to dealing with original creditors because the former will do what they can to take advantage of the situation. In fact, cases wherein debtors paid money for debt negotiation that never took place! So the unknowing debtor thought all’s well with the case when all the while, his or her account was accumulating penalties without her knowledge. So when negotiating a deal with junk debt buyers, make sure everything is done in writing.

Debt Negotiator

Many debtors tend to not ask all the right questions when they are dealing with a company hired by the creditor to conduct the debt negotiation. Always ask questions when things are unclear to you and make sure you let the negotiator know that you are paying attention to the stuff he or she says. In addition, make sure you are always updated on the progress of the negotiation.

Original Creditor

It is within your rights to negotiate a settlement deal with your creditor in order to avoid credit card lawsuit. Unless you need assistance, there is no need for a third party negotiator. If you can hire an attorney to negotiate the deal for you, do so. Lawyers are well versed in negotiations and are bound by an ethical code of conduct. However, if you chose to do things on your own or through a third party negotiator, just make sure you play an active role and get everything done in writing. You cannot expect eve your original creditor to stick by what they say and not go on with the credit card lawsuit.