Saturday, 15 June 2019

Techniques to become a good story Teller

Techniques to become a good story Teller

Stories grab our attention and inspire us. They can change minds and attitudes, a good story not only has the ability to increase audience engagement, but studies have shown that engaging stories increase information retention by 65-70%. That is a significant jump in comparison to the 5-10% retention that takes place when information is presented as statistics and facts. Below are some Techniques to help you master the art of storytelling

1.    Set the Stage.
This is a vital part of every great story, especially when presenting. Setting the stage draws your audience into the story helping transport them to the scene of your story. Failing to embrace this step will leave your audience disconnected from the beginning and cause your story to fall flat
2.    Use a hook: A “hook” is your opener. It’s the attention-getter, the question or quote that immediately hooks your listener or reader.
3.    State Your Reason for Telling the Story Your story needs to have a message—a clear takeaway for your listeners. It has to have a purpose and make a point. A story without a message is pointless in business. In some cases, you can also be bold and take it one step further by asking for the action
4.    Start with a person and his challenge, and intensify human interest by adding descriptions of time, place, and people with their emotions.
5.    Be creative. Create a storyboard; draw it out, while listening to music or reading something for inspiration. A good story always has ups and downs, so “arc” the story. Pull people along, and introduce tension, just like in a fairy tale.
6.    Don't Read Your Story-Tell It Don't ever read your story. Spend whatever time it takes for you to practice telling your story. It may not be perfect if you tell it without reading it, but nobody is looking for perfection. Your listeners are looking to be engaged, to be inspired, to be entertained. Speak directly to them to get them to lean in to hear more about what you have to say.
7.    Focus on what's important. When telling a story, it is important to include the details, to create that sense of immersion. However, you don't want the story to take on a "rambling" feel. This is why it's very important to focus on what's important. Cut the details that aren't important for the story, leave the ones that make the story.
8.    Make it feel conclusive. It's awkward when an audience isn't sure if you're done or not to make the conclusion of your story feel conclusive. There are a number of ways to do this, some examples of which are:
9.    Ask a question and give an answer. "How crazy is that? I know I'm sure not going to try that again."
10. Control your face. If you want to really become a great storyteller, you have to master your ability to create and change facial expressions to match what you're saying. Your face should be able to basically act out the entire story. If you really want to learn from the master, watch a lot of Youtube videos of John Stewart or Martin Freeman.
11. Remember, facial expressions come in more than 3 flavors. You can convey really complex emotions by using very specific facial expressions.
12. Act out the story. If you can, move your whole body to act out the story. You don't have to reenact every motion, but use your body at key points in the story to direct the listener's attention to that point.
13. Practice: Practice telling a story a few times before telling it to other people. Then practice the story with a few people that don't matter much before telling it to anyone important. You want to be comfortable telling the story and get a good feel for when to add in dramatic pauses, and when to engage that big, building tone of excitement.
14. Allow for interaction. A listener's experience of a story gets even better if they are able to interact and join in the experience. You can ask your audience questions or find other ways for them to interact with the story if you really want to step up your storytelling
15. When using a story in a PowerPoint presentation, use appropriate graphics/pictures to convey your message. Stay away from text and complicated graphics. A single picture interlaced with the emotional language will go a long way to convey your message.
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Thursday, 16 May 2019

7 Key Body Language Tips to improve your Public Speaking

In this article, we reveal the importance of body language in public speaking and presentations.
Body language is part of what makes your speeches and presentations come to life! Discover the 7 key body language tips to improve your public speaking.
  • Eye contact
Making eye contact with your audience builds a connection between you and them and they feel more valued by you.  Establishing eye contacts with your audience can reveal their emotions to you as a speaker and this can help you adjust your presentations.
  • Hand and arm Gestures 
Hand gestures are one of the best ways we use to communicate our words to the audience confidently, when used correctly, hand and arm gestures can help enhance your message and make you seem more confident and relaxed. You can Use hand gestures to emphasize your words and regain your strength during presentations.
  • Movement on stage

Moving around the stage is a great way of showing your audience you are confident in what you’re saying, moving on stage will help you relax your body and also connect with your audience directly
  • Use a loud, projecting voice

Your vocal expression is physical and so your body language has an effect on your voice and can enhance or detract from the message of your speech.
  • Pay attention to your Mannerisms

Mannerisms are the nervous habits most people have that can detract from your message and make the audience feel uncomfortable
  • Facial expression

The movements of your eyes, mouth, and facial muscles can build a connection with your audience. Alternatively, they can undermine your every word. Eye focus is the most important element in this process. No part of your facial expression is more important in communicating sincerity and credibility.
  • Stay out of the way of the projector lights.

Whenever you are delivering your presentation make sure to avoid crossing the Projector lights.  You need to position yourself in search a way that you don’t block the view of your audience
Your body language says so much about you as a presenter. It can also make or break your presentation. Take the time to practice not just your speech and your presentation slides, but work on your body language as well. You’ll have an engaged audience, and your presentation’s message will be heard.
Ultimately everyone needs to start practicing their body language techniques, so, for your next public speaking chance, do remember the surprising impact of hand gestures and body language.
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Tuesday, 2 April 2019


After learning and practicing to overcome your fear of public speaking, you have to search for speaking opportunities to help you reach out to more audience in order for you to be able to market yourself and progress as a professional speaker. In this chapter, we will take you through some of the possible places that you can search for speaking engagements in order to market yourself and ideas.
Conferences, Trade Shows, and Expos
You can get speaking engagements at conferences, trade shows and business expos. You have to constantly check newspapers, signposts and conference websites in the industries you want to operate in, to see if they are looking for speakers’ or organizing conference events. e.g. You can also subscribe to newsletters that have different speaking opportunity lists. You can find different trade shows and conferences with a little detective work and your favorite search engine. First, check to see if there are any trade associations or groups for your chosen industry or profession. Many trade associations will have a national conference, and you can usually find that information on their website. Some will even have regional conferences or local chapters, and you might find some opportunities there too.
Your own creative events
You can organize conferences, seminars, workshops, birthday parties or sporting activities for youth groups, friends and religious bodies where you can get the opportunity to speak as a main speaker or be the Master of Ceremony for the program. I use this technique to organize career development training for schools and religious institutions.
Colleges and Universities – if you need to get some speaking experience, volunteer your time to speak at a local college or university. Most schools encourage professionals from the community to give guest lectures. You can team up with student representative councils or administrations to organize seminars on campus where staff and students will get the opportunity to attend and listen to you. This is also a great way to accumulate speaking experience you can put in your biography.
Groups and Associations – what groups and associations do you currently belong to? There are usually regional and national events for these groups, and often instructions for submitting speaker proposals. Examples of groups and associations that you can reach out to are the Rotary Club, Lions Club, Catholic Youth, pensioners etc. these are groups that have weekly or annual meetings and can give you the opportunity to speak to their members.
Business networking groups - these lead exchange or facilitated networking groups are designed to be a tightly knit group of individuals from diverse businesses who meet regularly for the purpose of bringing business opportunities to the other members. Popular groups are Le Tip, Business Networking International (BNI), and Local Business Network (LBN). Join your preferred group and let the members know that you’re interested in speaking opportunities.
Toastmasters International- A non-profit club, devoted to helping its members improve their public speaking skills in a supportive environment, Toastmasters also has its own speaking bureau.
Social Media – use social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Hangout, Skype or Whatsapp groups to find events in your area that focus on the topics you want to speak about. Once you find a group you’d like to speak at, reach out to the officers to see how you can get involved.
Google -You can search for the types of events you want to speak at by using Google. With Google search, you can get a lot of speaking opportunities but you just have to know how to search and also you need to develop an online presence so that conference organizers can also search for you.
Radio and Television Programs -You can market yourself by networking and persuading media men to invite you to speak on their media platforms or you can watch or listen to their platforms to get speaking opportunities that they advertise.
 Companies or Organizations- You can get an opportunity to speak to staff or sales representatives of companies or organizations in your local community on any topic that will interest them.
Ask for referrals-You can ask family and friends to refer you to their networks, organizations, religious bodies etc. who will need your service.
Local or national venues - Search for popular venues that host events and conferences and get their upcoming schedule of events so that you can network your way to speak.
Coaching and Mentoring - You can coach and mentor young people to give you an opportunity to reach out and use them as Audience
Your Own website
A website is your business card. If you’re serious about speaking, you must have a website. If someone is considering hiring you to speak, they will want to do their homework on you and your website is where they will do it.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Four Types of Public Speaking Delivery

Different speaking occasions call for different delivery methods. While it may be acceptable to speak from memory in some situations, lengthy notes may be required in others. The four most common delivery methods are impromptu, manuscript, memorized, and extemporaneous.
When using impromptu delivery, a speaker has little to no time to prepare for a speech. This means there is little time for research, audience analysis, organizing, and practice. For this reason, impromptu speaking often evokes higher degrees of speaking anxiety than other delivery types. Although impromptu speaking arouses anxiety, it is also a good way to build public speaking skills. Using some of the exercises for managing speaking anxiety that were discussed earlier in this chapter can help a speaker better manage the challenges of impromptu speaking. Only skilled public speakers with much experience are usually able to “pull off” an impromptu delivery without looking unprepared. Otherwise, a speaker who is very familiar with the subject matter can sometimes be a competent impromptu speaker, because their expertise can compensate for the lack of research and organizing time.
We don’t always have the luxury of preparation, though. So when speaking impromptu, be brief, stick to what you know, and avoid rambling. Quickly organize your thoughts into an introduction, body, and conclusion. Try to determine three key ideas that will serve as the basis of your main points.
In what situations would impromptu speaking be used? Since we’ve already started thinking of the similarities between public speaking and conversations, we can clearly see that most of our day-to-day interactions involve impromptu speaking. When your roommate asks you what your plans for the weekend are, you don’t pull a few note cards out of your back pocket to prompt your response. This type of conversational impromptu speaking isn’t anxiety inducing because we’re talking about our lives, experiences, or something we’re familiar with. This is also usually the case when we are asked to speak publicly with little to no advance warning. For example, if you are at a meeting for work and you are representing the public relations department, a colleague may ask you to say a few words about a recent news story involving a public relations misstep of a competing company. In this case, you are being asked to speak on the spot because of your expertise. A competent communicator should anticipate instances like this when they might be called on to speak, so they won’t be so surprised. Of course, being caught completely off guard or being asked to comment on something unfamiliar to you creates more anxiety. In such cases, do not pretend to know something you don’t, as that may come back to hurt you later. You can usually mention that you do not have the necessary background information at that time but will follow up later with your comments.
Salespeople on home-shopping television shows are masters of impromptu speaking. They obviously have sales training and have built up a repertoire of adjectives and sayings that entice an audience to buy. But they are often speaking impromptu when interacting with a guest on the show or the customers who call in. Their ability to remain animated and fluent in their delivery with little time to prepare comes from much experience. Politicians, lawyers, teachers, journalists, and spokespeople engage in impromptu speaking regularly.
Strengths of Impromptu Delivery
Ï  Content and delivery are spontaneous, which can make the speech more engaging (if a speaker’s anxiety is under control).
Ï  It enhances public speaking skills because speakers have to “think on their feet.”
Weaknesses of Impromptu Delivery
Ï It is typically the most anxiety-inducing delivery method, since speakers do not have time to prepare or practice the speech.
Ï Speakers may get off topic or ramble if they did not set up some structure to guide them.
Ï Speakers may be tempted to overstate or mislead an audience about the extent of their knowledge or expertise if asked to speak about something they aren’t familiar with.
Speaking from a written or printed document that contains the entirety of a speech is known as manuscript delivery. Manuscript delivery can be the best choice when a speech has complicated information and/or the contents of the speech are going to be quoted or published. Despite the fact that most novice speakers are not going to find themselves in that situation, many are drawn to this delivery method because of the security they feel with having everything they’re going to say in front of them. Unfortunately, the security of having every word you want to say at your disposal translates to a poorly delivered and un-engaging speech. Even with every word written out, speakers can still have fluency hiccups and verbal fillers as they lose their place in the manuscript or get tripped up over their words. The alternative, of course, is that a speaker reads the manuscript the whole time, effectively cutting himself or herself off from the audience. One way to make a manuscript delivery more engaging is through the use of a teleprompter. Almost all politicians who give televised addresses use Teleprompters.
Newscasters and politicians frequently use Teleprompters so they can use manuscript delivery but still engage with the audience.
You may not even notice them, as the technology has improved to give the illusion that a speaker is engaged with the audience and delivering a speech from memory. The Plexiglas sheets on poles that surround the president during the inauguration and State of the Union addresses are cleverly hidden Teleprompters. Even these useful devices can fail. A quick search for “teleprompter fail” on YouTube will yield many examples of politicians and newscasters who probably wish they had a paper backup of their speech. Since most of us will likely not have opportunities to speak using a teleprompter, great care should be taken to ensure that the delivery is effective. To make the delivery seem more natural, print the speech out in a larger-than-typical font, triple-space between lines so you can easily find your place, use heavier-than-normal paper so it’s easy to pick up and turn the pages as needed, and use a portfolio so you can carry the manuscript securely.
Strengths of Manuscript Delivery
Ï The speaker can include precise or complex information such as statistics or quotes.
Ï The entire content of the speech is available for reference during the delivery.
Ï The speech will be consistent in terms of content and time length, which is beneficial if a speech will be delivered multiple times.
Weaknesses of Manuscript Delivery
Ï Engagement with the audience is challenging, because the speaker must constantly reference the manuscript (unless a teleprompter is used).
Ï Speakers are unable to adapt information to audience reactions, since they are confined to the content of the manuscript.
Ï Speakers may be tempted to read the entire speech because they didn’t practice enough or because they get nervous.
Ï Speakers who are able to make eye contact with the audience may still sound like they are reading the speech unless they employ proper vocal variety, pacing, and pauses.
Completely memorizing a speech and delivering it without notes is known as memorized delivery. Some students attempt to memorize their speech because they think it will make them feel more confident to not have to look at their notes; however, when their anxiety level spikes at the beginning of their speech and their mind goes blank for a minute, many admit they should have chosen a different delivery method. When using any of the other delivery methods, speakers still need to rely on their memory. An impromptu speaker must recall facts or experiences related to their topic, and speakers using a manuscript want to have some of their content memorized so they do not read their entire speech to their audience. The problem with memorized delivery overall is that it puts too much responsibility on our memory, which we all know from experience is fallible.
When memorizing, most people use rote memorization techniques, which entail reading and then reciting something over and over until it is committed to memory. One major downfall of this technique is its effect on speaking rate. When we memorize this way, we end up going over the early parts of a speech many more times than the later parts. As you memorize one sentence, you add on another, and so on. By the time you’re adding on later parts of your speech, you are likely speed talking through the earlier parts because you know them by heart at that point. As we’ll discuss more later, to prevent bad habits from practice from hurting our speech delivery, speakers should practice a speech the exact way they want to deliver it to their audience. Fast-paced speaking during practice will likely make its way into the actual delivery of the speech. Delivery also suffers when speaking from memory if the speaker sounds like he or she is reciting the speech. Rote memorization tasks that many of us had to do in school have left their mark on our memorized delivery. Being made to recite the pledge of allegiance, the preamble to the Constitution, and so on didn’t enhance our speaking abilities. I’ve observed many students whose speeches remind me of the sound of school children flatly going through the motions of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. It’s the “going through the motions” impression that speakers should want to avoid.
Even with much practice, our memories can fail. If you do opt to use memorized delivery, make sure you have several “entry points” determined, so you can pick up at spots other than the very beginning of a speech if you lose your place and have to start again. Memorized delivery is very useful for speakers who are going to be moving around during a speech when carrying notes would be burdensome. Think of the tour guide who showed you around your college campus. As someone who used to give college tours, I can attest to the fact that we all had speeches memorized, which was a good thing. It’s already difficult enough to walk backward while facing a group of people and lead them across roads and upstairs. Think about how dangerous it would be if the tour guide were trying to hold onto and reference a stack of note cards at the same time! In summary, I only recommend memorized delivery in cases where the speech is short (only one to two minutes), the speech is personal (like a brief toast), or the speech will be repeated numerous times (like a tour guide’s spiel), and even in these cases, it may be perfectly fine to have notes. Many students think that their anxiety and/or delivery challenges will be fixed if they just memorize their speech, only to find that they are more anxious and have more problems.
Strengths of Memorized Delivery
Ï Speakers can include precise or complex information such as statistics or quotes (if they have put the time into memorization).
Ï Speakers can directly engage with the audience without worrying about referencing notes.
Ï The speech will be consistent in terms of content and time-length, which is beneficial if a speech will be delivered multiple times.
Weaknesses of Memorized Delivery
Ï It is the most time-consuming delivery method.
Ï Speakers are unable to adapt information to audience reactions, since they are confined to the content they memorized.
Ï If speakers lose their place in the speech, they will likely have to start over.
Ï Since everything is preplanned, it is difficult to make the speech content and delivery seem genuine (i.e., humor may seem “canned” or corny).
Ï The speech can sound like a recitation if the proper vocal variety and pacing are not used.
Extemporaneous delivery entails memorizing the overall structure and main points of a speech and then speaking from keyword/key-phrase notes. This delivery mode brings together many of the strengths of the previous three methods. Since you only internalize and memorize the main structure of a speech, you don’t have to worry as much about the content and delivery seeming stale. Extemporaneous delivery brings in some of the spontaneity of impromptu delivery but still allows a speaker to carefully plan the overall structure of a speech and incorporate supporting materials that include key facts, quotations, and paraphrased information. You can also more freely adapt your speech to fit various audiences and occasions, since every word and sentence isn’t predetermined. This can be especially beneficial when a speech will be delivered multiple times. When preparing a speech that you will deliver extemporaneously, you will want to start practicing your speech early and then continue to practice as you revise your content. Investing quality time and effort into the speech-outlining process helps with extemporaneous delivery. As you put together your outline, you are already doing the work of internalizing the key structure of your speech. Read parts of your outline aloud as you draft them to help ensure they are written in a way that makes sense and is easy for you to deliver. By the time you complete the formal, full-sentence outline, you should have already internalized much of the key information in your speech. Now, you can begin practicing with the full outline. As you become more comfortable with the content of your full outline, start to convert it into your speaking outline. Take out information that you know well and replace it with a keyword or key phrase that prompts your memory. You’ll probably want to leave key quotes, facts, and other paraphrased information, including your verbal source citation information, on your delivery outline so you make sure to include it in your speech. Once you’ve converted your full outline into your speaking outline, practice it a few more times, making sure to take some time between each practice session so you don’t inadvertently start to memorize the speech word for word. The final product should be a confident delivery of a well-organized and structured speech that is conversational and adaptable to various audiences and occasions.
Strengths of Extemporaneous Delivery
Ï Speech content and delivery appear more spontaneous and natural, making it more conversational, since the speaker is using a keyword/key-phrase outline.
Ï Speakers can include quotes or complex information on their speaking outline for easy reference.
Ï Speakers can adapt information and delivery to specific audiences, occasions, and audience reactions, since they are not confined to the content of a manuscript or what they memorized.
Weaknesses of Extemporaneous Delivery
Ï Since the speech is so adaptable, it can be difficult to ensure the speech will be the exact same length each time.
Ï It is perhaps not the best option when exact wording is expected.
Ï Speakers must find a balance between having too much content on their speaking outline, which may cause them to read, and too little content, which may lead to fluency hiccups.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Why Most Crypto Currencies Fail and why i believe in Evercoin to succeed

Over the Past decade of years we have seen the emergence of different Crypto currencies and projects but it seems most of the projects and currencies are fading away so fast with over 1000 of coins failing in only 2018 alone
below are some of the reasons why most of currencies or projects are loosing the relevance so fast:
1. Lack of a strong team: Most of the Crypto Projects fade way or loose their relevance in the market most probably because of poor team members or competent teams leading them.
2. lack of Innovation: Most of the Crypto Currencies also loose their relevance in the market due to lack of innovation in the idea of the project 
3. Lack of vision and Focus: Most of the Crypto Currencies that loose their relevance in the market lack the vision or consistency to drive and penetrate the crypto market and due to that it also contributes to the failure of the project
4. lack of strong Technological Infrastructure:  Technological infrastructure or platforms isone of the guaranteed ways  to success if you want to develop and sustain a crypto project. Most of the Blockchain entrepreneurs launch their projects in a haste or ill prepared and as a result of that they don’t get the opportunity to develop a strong technological infrastructure to support their projects.
5. Lack of Capital: Capital is one of the essencial resources that one needs to launch a crypto project. Most of the Crypto projects in the market launch their projects in anticipation that they will get funding along the journey to fully complete their projects and ones they don’t get to amass the capital they need along the journey they are likely to fail.
There is one coin that  has a future and a potential to help real world problems inclusion
This is Evercoin, Evercoin has a strong team of dedicated and highly qualified people, it also has innovative products that will bridge the financial gap between the Lower, middle and upper class people.
EveryCoin provides the financial services such as deposit, withdrawal, transfer, etc. for all currencies in the world by cooperation with TabiPay and Eco-Chains. And EveryCoin is used as the settlement currency of the Aaron Platform.
You can reach out to Evercoins team or Invest in Evercoin via the following addresses. 

Article By Ibrahim Mustapha
Africa's Number one Motivational Speaker

Monday, 23 July 2018

10 Public Speaking Tips and Secrets

Speaking in public is a skill that you can acquire, the more you practice, the better you will become. In this article not only will you learn how to overcome the fear of Public Speaking. Below are 10 tips and secrets you can learn to overcome your fear of public speaking and boost your Presentations
1.        Starting Your Presentation
ü  Start with a Personal Story
ü  Start with a Question to create a Knowledge Gap
ü  Start with a Quote
ü  Start with an Interesting/Startling Statement
ü  Start with a Shocking Statistic
2.        Record Yourself and Learn Your Voice: Practicing public speaking can go a long way, as far as giving your audience a pleasant experience in listening and watching you in front. However, you should also listen to your voice. Practicing your speech countless times can help. Some people do not like listening to the sound of their voice on tape, so it is important that you get used to your own voice and speaking style.
3.        Work on Your Breathing: Practice Breathing Exercises, Proper breathing technique is fundamental to having a strong, confident speaking voice. Performing some simple exercises will help you to project your sound and maintain a relaxed manner while speaking. Breathing exercises are particularly useful when you are preparing to speak in front of a group.
4.        Watch your body language: It's what you don't say that tells the most about you. The way you stand and what you do with your hands can give away more than you care to reveal. Nervousness is easily read if you fidget or avoid eye contact.
5.        Don’t let certain things distract you: When you are speaking in front of a large crowd, there is always a possibility for certain things to distract you. Some of which would include people standing up while you are talking, wicked eyes in the crowd or latecomers opening the doors. Keep in mind that these things will only become your distractions if you let them. Focus on your goals and fire your message through.
6.        Warming up before your Presentation: Before you present, you have to warm yourself up physically and psychologically. As a speaker, you have to find your source of happiness i.e. things that make you happy and can inspire you before your presentation. For some people, listening to their favorite songs, motivational videos, playing with kids or meditating can keep and make them happy before they present. Before you speak, you must also take note of the time you will be having your presentation so that you can preserve and energize your voice to present e.g. if you are to present in the morning, you will have to wake up early and walk around, take some warm water, use your voice to sing, rehearse or talk to people to warm your voice up before your presentation time. If you are to present in the afternoon too, you need to preserve your voice during the day by speaking less and not using and exhausting your voice before your presentation. All these will give you a quality vocal delivery.
7.        Walk on Stage with passion: As a professional speaker, you have to always walk on stage with passion and let it look as if you belong there. And that means everywhere you go because the world is your stage. This doesn’t mean that you ever appear arrogant or controlling – you simply give the impression that you are comfortable and belong there.
8.        Visualize your success. Imagine yourself giving your speech: your voice is loud, clear and confident. Imagine hearing the audience’s applause – it will boost your confidence
9.        Use a good closing story. It should be one that relates directly to your message and allows you to reiterate your main points. Less is more when it comes to closing, so keep your story succinct while being authentic. Essentially, your closing story should be close to your heart while summarizing your message.
10.    Use Your Family and friends to Practice: You can use your family and friends as the audience to practice your presentation before the real presentation; you can ask them for their opinions and honest feedback during your performance without fear or favor. This will enable you to work hard on your delivery, content, voice and body language. You also have to take them seriously and present to them like a professional, don’t just look at them as your family and friends, but look at them as the real audience you will be speaking to on the D-day.