Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Experience & Passion

Kevin is past president of the Harvard Crimson Toastmasters Club with over 30 years of expereince in broadcast radio and television. He has produced, hosted and provided his voice for a variety of programs, including commercials and public service announcments for WGBH Educational Foundation and Clear Channel Communications. Kevin has developed and delivered effective public speaking skills workshops for Harvard Business School MBA's for three years. He also serves as faculty at Prospect Hill Academy, Cambridge, MA. By leading interpersonal skill building lessons, how to ace the interview and overall public speaking skills. Kevin enjoys bringing out the public speaker in you.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kevin's Keys to Public Speaking

Manage the Fear:
*Prepare until confident
*Relaxation response (meditation, diaphragmatic breathing)
*Go easy on yourself

Speak Clearly:
*Project your voice
*Maintain eye contact
*Control crutch words

Organize Your Speech:
*Tell them what you're about to tell them
*Tell them
*Then tell them what you told them

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tip #4

Mini speeches.

When you leave a voice mail, it's considered a mini speech. First, be sure to state your name and telephone number, the purpose of your call, finally, repeat your name and telephone number and do it in 30 seconds. This will guarantee a higher rate return calls.

Kevin Ball

Monday, January 24, 2011

Tip #3

When you are delivering your speech be sure to scan the room and make eye contact with people. Your audience will feel that you are connecting with them. That connection will allow you to see where people are in terms of their attentiveness. Then you can make adjustments, but remember to smile and release positive energy.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Public Speaking Tips

Tip #1

Know your audience. Before you write your next speech, wedding toast or presentation at work. Research and know your audience. That information will garner great benefits. For example, if you knew that you have an "just give me the facts," audience, you can tailor your speech or presentation with that in mind. You could highlight statistics, backed up with power point slides that are to the point. No more that three bullet points on each page will do the trick. You will lose your audience if the slides are cluttered with a bunch of words in small fonts.

Tip #2

When writing your speech, break it down into three sections. A. The Introduction,
B. The Body and C. The Closer. The introduction is a great way to break the ice and inform your audience of what's to come. The body will include the major points you outlined in your introduction. The closer will serve as a summary and to end your speech on a high note.