Archive for September 24, 2010

The Joy of Speaking

I could never have imagined in 1992 when I first started speaking I would eventually come to love the process of speaking as much as I do. I look for every opportunity I can find to be in front of an audience.

There is a simplistic joy in having my words inspire or motivate someone. It is a true pleasure to find someone has been inspired by something I might have said. There is a an amazing energy that takes over when you are talking from a remote place within you and the words flow so automatically and purposely you are overjoyed hearing your own presentation.

I often have wondered what makes one presentation different from another? I question why some audiences are easier to draw out and get responses from. I search for the common denominator in creating a great presentation.

But I have never discovered what it might be.

I go to hear professional speakers as often as I can and I study their delivery techniques, their timing, their stance, the audience engagement, their humor and their patterns.

But I have never discovered what makes a good speaker special.

What I did discover is that no matter the size of the audience, which topic I speak on, what the make of the audience might be or how I’m feeling on that particular day, it all simply boils down to the sheer joy of speaking.

Recording Presentations

I started using the Radio Shack Optimus cassette recorder, but no one uses cassettes any more. I found a way of converting the cassettes by using a device I picked up at Radio Shack, transfered the files into my PC and converted the audio to CDs.

A couple of years ago I heard about the Sony IC Recorder ICD-SX57 and I purchased one. It has a noise eliminator and transfer automatically into my PC when I plug in the USB adapter. It then converts to an MP3 automatically and I import it into the Sony Studio program, insert the tracks, the 15 second music intro and the end music.  I edit the content to make sure there aren’t any major pauses, excessive conversations or anything that might be distracting to the program.

If the program is too long to fit on on one CD I duplicate it and make a two CD set.

There are several services I have found when the quantity of the same CD exceed my capacity. Once you’re ready to order a thousand CDs at at time you can use a service which is NationWide Disc. You might find sources locally who will do smaller runs.

Just remember, every time you prepare a presentation, record it.

You can also record your own presentations on your computer with a headset.

Either way, there is no limit to the number of products you can create.