Do you need a speaker with an inspirational message, an international reputation and the ability to thoroughly engage and entertain ANY audience? Then hand the microphone to Andrew Matthews... and relax!
Andrew Matthews' 1 Hour presentation "Being Happy" deals with the strategies of happy, effective and successful people.
- Live now!
- Don’t blame other people!
- Treating people well
- Enjoying your work
- Why make an effort?
- Goals – why bother?
- Dealing with disasters
- Humour – seeing the funny side
- Embracing change
- “The “Being Happy!” philosophy
- Appreciating people
- What matters in business
- Prosperity – what prosperous people do
His presentations are laced with humour and he draws lightning-fast cartoons as he speaks!
Andrew’s talent is in making complex issues simple, and he relates to CEO’s, middle management and high school students with equal ease.
He entertains while providing audiences with the tools and inspiration to live more successful and prosperous lives.
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Two Rules for Public Speaking (click to expand)
Have you noticed this about public speeches … that friends who tell memorable stories at the dinner table often become panic-stricken onstage. Yet other people, who seem shy by comparison, are perfectly relaxed in front of an audience of five hundred.
Why is this? Because you aren’t born with public speaking skills. Speaking is something you learn.
Public speaking is like driving a car, in that:
a) you acquire the skills through practise, and
b) observing some simple rules can save you from a near-death experience.
So what do accomplished speakers know?
Tip #1 Nail the First Minute!
The first minute is critical. Whether or not you memorise your entire speech, you MUST learn the first five sentences of your presentation word by word. Once you know those sentences, don’t change one syllable.
Practise your delivery, inflection, pauses for that first minute until you can do it in your sleep. Then get up there and nail it!
A confident start will give you the momentum to overcome minor glitches later on.
Tip #2 Respect Yourself
Never criticise yourself or question your right to deliver your message.
Never say to an audience, “I hope I don’t bore you”. Never, ever say, “I don’t know why I’m up here!” This will only irritate them that you would dare waste their time.
It is possible to be confident and still be humble. Audiences appreciate humility – but they hate stupidity!
If you make a blunder or have a mental blank or mispronounce a word, move on and your audience will follow your lead. They will only get stuck on your mistakes if you do.
How to Grab Your Audience by the Heart (click to expand)
Question: Did you ever hear some guy give a speech and say to yourself: “If only he had used LONGER words!”? You never did!
And why do we hate political speeches? Because most politicians use big words and say nothing – or use big words and do nothing!
So what do we like? What grabs your heart? Simplicity.
History’s great speeches can be understood by a ten year-old:
“We’ll fight them on the beaches…”
“I have a dream.”
Plain language worked for Churchill and Martin Luther King. It worked for Hemmingway.
When you care about something – and when you and committed – you use words that everyone understands, words like, “I love you!” or “Save my child!”. People sense that you are serious.
When you don’t have a clue, you choose words that no one understands, like “meaningful dialogue”. People sense that you are an idiot.
Think of all the memorable movie lines. The language is simple. The sentences are short. The words are one or two syllables:
“Make my day!”
“I’ll have what she’s having!”
“Show me the money!”
Schwarzenegger said, “I’ll be back.” He didn’t say, “I’ll be back in the fullness of time!”
If your message is useful, simple words will give it power. If you have no message, don’t speak! Multi-syllables won’t save you!
How do most people prepare for a speech? They try to change personality…Fred is about to address his bowling club. He figures, “I had better upgrade my language! I need some impressive words!” He surfs the dictionary.
No, Fred! Forget about sounding like a “public speaker”. Try sounding like Fred. Use the same language you would use with your best friend – minus the rude bits.
IN A NUTSHELL
Want to give a powerful speech? Junk any word that would confuse a ten year-old. Your audience will be delighted!
How to Ruin Your Presentation (click to expand)
Imagine having a party for a dozen friends in a five star ballroom. The chandeliers are exquisite, the wine is expensive, the service is extraordinary and your celebration is… a flop.
Why? Because when you sprinkle a handful of people into a space the size of a tennis court, there is no atmosphere, no buzz.
The same goes for any speech, meeting, seminar. You can rent the ritziest room in town and hire the best speaker in the country, but if you only put 200 backsides into a room that fits 500, it will feel like a letdown. The 200 will spend the evening wondering, “Where’s the other 300?”
Too much floor space makes an event feel empty. And if you have a very high ceiling, you’ve got double trouble!
This might seem obvious – but organisers and function staff regularly get it wrong! People who don’t speak for a living don’t understand just how a brilliant speech is reduced to ordinary in a room that’s too big. What to do?
- If the room is too big, and you are the organiser and decision maker – do everything in your power to change rooms!
- If the room is too big and you can’t change it, you need to somehow enclose the speaking area. Bring in free-standing partitions, whiteboards, pin-up boards, rows of pot plants, anything you can find to make it more cosy.
- If you don’t know how many people will be attending, ie: if you expect between 100 and 400 people, put out only 100 chairs. Have staff available to add more chairs as necessary.
a) keep everyone sitting toward the front,
b) give the audience the feeling that the event is even more successful than anticipated and
c) eliminate acres of empty chairs.
- And unless you are Moses, never speak outside. If the chairman comes to you and says, “Change of plan – you now need to give your presentation out by the swimming pool!”, tell him to go jump in it.
Don't Fight With a Chicken (click to expand)
Actors will tell you, “Never compete with animals or children!” And if you are a public speaker… never compete with a chicken! That is, never fight for an audience’s attention while they are eating.
Why? How many reasons do you want?
- Good communication needs eye contact. You want your audience looking at you.
- A hundred knives and forks make a huge racket – so your audience won’t hear you properly!
- When people eat, they drink! So now you’ve got clinking ice cubes and waiters running around with beer and orange juice.
- When people are distracted by good food or bad food, they sooner or later start talking amongst themselves.
It’s a no-win.
If you are speaking for free, why would you want to put yourself through it?
If you are being paid to speak, why would you want to look bad?
Better to have five minutes of everyone’s full attention before the meal than 20 minutes of their eating time.
What to do? Set your rules:
- ”I don’t speak while people are eating!” Be firm.
- If possible, speak before entree, or before main course.
- Insist that the room is clear of wait staff throughout your speech. Speak to the head waiter and get his cooperation. If you are polite and firm in your request, he’ll make it happen.
- Avoid speaking after main course, especially if it’s a dinner. By the end of mains, some people will be sleepy, others may be drunk.
So is there any circumstance when you would address a group that’s eating? Yes – if you need to tell them that the room is on fire.