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29 October, 2008

Notis Malam Puaka Kelab Pidato Perdana @ 31 Oktober 2008




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Malam Puaka Kelab Pidato Perdana 
Jumaat 31 Oktober 2008, 7:15 Malam
Bangunan MCOBA, 42 Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur

Pada Malam Ini Kami Akan Mengadakan 
Ucapan-Ucapan Seeeeeraaam! 
Pssssst! Jangan Pandang Belakang kang kang!

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Ada Hadiah Istimewa Untuk Ahli Yang Ada Gaya Jadi Hantu! 
Sila Datang Dengan Gaya Hantu
Tapi Tolong Jangan Bawa Hantu Peliharaan!

Acara Pidato Oleh


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26 October, 2008

Bangsar - Diwali Greetings...

Diwali Greetings...


An elderly man in Mumbai calls his son in New York and says, 'I hate to ruin your day son, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; 35 years of marriage... and that much misery is enough!'

'Dad, what are you talking about?' the son screams.

'We can't stand the sight of each other any longer,' the old man says.

'We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Hong Kong and tell her!'

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.

'Like heck they're getting divorced,' she shouts, 'I'll take care of this.'

She calls Mumbai immediately, and screams at the old man, 'You are not getting divorced. Don't do a single thing until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR??' and she hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. 'Okay', he says, 'It's all set. They're both coming for Deepavali and paying their own airfare!!'



MORAL:

No man / woman is busy in this world all 365 days.
The sky is not going to fall down if you take few days' LEAVE and meet your dear ones.
OFFICE WORK IS NOT EVERYTHING IN LIFE and
MONEY MAKING IS NOT EVERYTHING IN LIFE.


Wishing You All
A Very Happy Diwali!



Happy moments, Praise God.
Difficult moments, Seek God.
Quiet moments, Worship God.
Painful moments, Trust God.
Every moment, Thank God.

Azmi Shahrin
012-9198557

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Learn and improve your
Presentation Skills at
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Never mind the posturing and just look if
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with their rhetorics -
www.MalaysianRhetoric.blogspot.com

Jadilah ahli Kelab Pidato Perdana
dan pelajari kaedah berpidato -
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Lawat blog Kelab Pidato Perdana untuk
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www.PidatoPerdana.blogspot.com

Come and join Extol Toastmasters which
is probably the coziest Toastmasters
Club in USJ, Subang Jaya & Sunway -
www.toastmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Extol_Toastmasters_Club

Read about activities from Toastmasters
Clubs in KL, PJ and the rest of the world
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-Happy Deepavali-

Ladies and Gentleman =) The festival of lights is here and we,UNITAR Toastmasters whole heartedly wish everyone Happy Deepavali and do save some murukku for our meeting this coming Tuesday(28/10) at 5pm,in theExecutive Training Room,Level 1,Block B.

The theme shall be "Diwali" and the word of the day lighten. Come and join us to enlighten yourself while we dedicate the evening to celebrate such a beautiful festival.For those who are not sure where we are located, please do send us an email (unitar.toastmasters@gmail.com) or drop us a shoutout in the chat box.

Thank you and have a pleasant weekend!!! 

Azmi Shahrin
012-9198557

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Learn and improve your
Presentation Skills at
ProSkills Trainers -
www.ProSkillsTrainers.com

Check out my Collection of
the Greatest Speeches ever -
www.PublicSpeakingMagic.blogspot.com

Never mind the posturing and just look if
our Malaysian leaders inspire you
with their rhetorics -
www.MalaysianRhetoric.blogspot.com

Jadilah ahli Kelab Pidato Perdana
dan pelajari kaedah berpidato -
www.PidatoPerdana.com

Lawat blog Kelab Pidato Perdana untuk
membaca laporan aktiviti terkini kami -
www.PidatoPerdana.blogspot.com

Come and join Extol Toastmasters which
is probably the coziest Toastmasters
Club in USJ, Subang Jaya & Sunway -
www.toastmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Extol_Toastmasters_Club

Read about activities from Toastmasters
Clubs in KL, PJ and the rest of the world
in www.ToastmastersNewz.blogspot.com

Visit the Division W Blog at
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& see what we did in the 2007/2008 term

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Special Aidilfitri Meeting



The Hari Raya holidays are over but it is not over yet here in the UNITAR Toastmasters Club. Today is the day where everyone put on their traditional clothes joined in the fun. We decided to make it specially to celebrate the Hari Raya festival with the oh-so obvious theme, "Hari Raya" and the Word of the day,"Traditional". 

A great bunch of guests joined our meeting today, namely the UM Toastmasters Club with their rambunctious team, Area Governor B1, Meyya.Hmm,hmm...the meeting room was filled with all sorts of colours, making everyone so attractive. The festive season has definitely kicked in the happy mood in all of us.

Below is the list of role players for the day:

Toastmaster of the evening: Meyya, ACG
Table Topics Master: Lukreiza, TM
Table Topics Evaluator: Julian Gan, CC
Ah-Counter: Julian Gan, CC
Grammarian: Jess Foong, CC
Assignment Speakers: Hafiz, TM
Syahiran, TM
Jess Foong, CC
Time-keeper: Syahiran, TM
General Evaluator: Kimmy Foo, CC

That is all for now.We are glad that everyone had a wonderful time,looking more beautiful and smarter than ever.Ladies and gentlemen please do join us for our next meeting which will be on the 28th of October 2008.

Azmi Shahrin
012-9198557

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Presentation Skills at
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www.MalaysianRhetoric.blogspot.com

Jadilah ahli Kelab Pidato Perdana
dan pelajari kaedah berpidato -
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Lawat blog Kelab Pidato Perdana untuk
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Come and join Extol Toastmasters which
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Club in USJ, Subang Jaya & Sunway -
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Read about activities from Toastmasters
Clubs in KL, PJ and the rest of the world
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MARCUS CHEE, SECOND RUNNER UP IN DIVISON W EVALUATION CONTEST

Saturday, October 25, 2008

MARCUS CHEE, SECOND RUNNER UP IN DIVISON W EVALUATION CONTEST


CONGRATULATION TO MARCUS CHEE. He made our club proud when he was placed second runner up at the Division W "Humorous speech and evaluation contest" held yesterday, 25th October 2008 at WIM's TMC venue in TTDI. Marcus represented Area W1.
It was a successful and well organised contest with 122 toastmasters and guests in attendance. From our club, the President, Hj Hashim, VPE Siew Yin, VPPR Hj Naburi and DTM Francis (one of the SAAs) and Janice Ooi were there. We enjoyed the contest very much where we were kept laughing by the six humorous contestants.
The winners of the humorous speech contest were Roger McGowan (Club?), Nishan (Club?) and Suresh from Sai Masters Club.
The Test Speaker, Shirley Ng gave a very impressive speech on "The POwer of Encouragement". She implore on all of us to offer Encouragement to anyone who needs it. The recipient must learn to ACCEPT Encouragement and appreciate the encouragement given. This should be the practice in our club meetings and for that matter in our daily life. When a person is feeling down and depressed and dejected and before he thinks that the world is coming to an end and decides to move to the next world by comitting suicide that's the time when he needs all the ENCOURAGEMENT in the world for him/her to move forward and carry on with life.
In a toastmasters environment it is the duty of every member especially when he is playing the role of evaluator he must practice and apply the Power of Encouragement and the recipient must learn to accept the encouragement. When we practise this principle, we are actually invoking this year's TI President's slogan, "The Courage To Conquer"
Quite propitiously our President Tuan Hj Hashim aptly applied the "Power of Encouragement" with his invocation of "IN TRYING TIMES, DON'T QUIT" at the last meeting held on Oct, 13th, 2008. 
Read on and you will be inspired.....

IN TRYING TIMES, DON'T QUIT

"The world will always give you the opportunity to quit, but only the world would call quitting an opportunity" (Clint Brown) One of the most powerful principles ever preached is: NEVER GIVE UP.

Nobody and nothing can keep you down unless you decide not to rise again. H.E> Jansen said, "The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn't hear the referee". Find a way to, not a way NOT to.

A lazy man is always judged by what he doesn't do. The choice of giving up or going on is a defining moment in your life. You cannot turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.

Too many people stop faster than they start. Instead of stopping, follow this English proverb: "Don't fall before you are pushed" The choice is simple. You can either stand up and be counted, or lie down and be counted out. Defeat never comes to people until they admit it. Your success will be measured by your willingness to keep trying. (GO FOR THE EXTRA MILE). Have the courage to live. Anyone can quit, but not you I hope, not me either.

"QUITTERS DON'T WIN, WINNERS DO NOT QUIT"

Azmi Shahrin
012-9198557

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Learn and improve your
Presentation Skills at
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Check out my Collection of
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Never mind the posturing and just look if
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with their rhetorics -
www.MalaysianRhetoric.blogspot.com

Jadilah ahli Kelab Pidato Perdana
dan pelajari kaedah berpidato -
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Lawat blog Kelab Pidato Perdana untuk
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Come and join Extol Toastmasters which
is probably the coziest Toastmasters
Club in USJ, Subang Jaya & Sunway -
www.toastmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Extol_Toastmasters_Club

Read about activities from Toastmasters
Clubs in KL, PJ and the rest of the world
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BREAKING NEWS: SPEECHCRAFT IS IN THE MAKING C OME NOV 22ND, 23RD, AND 24TH

HARD WORKING members comprising the President, Hj Hashim, DTM Francis, VPE Siew Ying, VPPM E K Yeo, IPP Tan Ben Hoe, VPPR Hj Naburi, Janice Ooi and Marcus Chee had an urgent meeting at WIM's immediately after the Div W Contest yesterday, 25th Oct., 2008 to discuss with Ms Theresa representing K L Loh from Mechmar Bhd. about the all exciting SPEECHCRAFT project for some 25 top managers and executives of Mechmar Bhd and it's subsidiaries.
We need volunteers from Club members to play roles at the two and half day speechcraft workshop which will be held on Nov., 22nd., 23rd., and 24th tentatively at Mechmar's headquarters in Shah Alam.
It's going to be a great learning experience for both the role players and the participants. The chief coordinator or organising chair will be our President himself, Tuan Hj Hashim. 
This is the first speechcraft project to be organised by our club, so come forward and be a volunteer role player and make it a big success.
For the information of members, if you want to qualify for your ACG (Advance Communicator Gold)award you have to play the role of Chief Coordinator or Organising Chair for such like project from the Leadership Series.
Let's keep up with the Esprit de Corp of the club and work together for the speechcraft project.

SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
HJ NABURI
VPPR

Azmi Shahrin
012-9198557

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Learn and improve your
Presentation Skills at
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Check out my Collection of
the Greatest Speeches ever -
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Never mind the posturing and just look if
our Malaysian leaders inspire you
with their rhetorics -
www.MalaysianRhetoric.blogspot.com

Jadilah ahli Kelab Pidato Perdana
dan pelajari kaedah berpidato -
www.PidatoPerdana.com

Lawat blog Kelab Pidato Perdana untuk
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www.PidatoPerdana.blogspot.com

Come and join Extol Toastmasters which
is probably the coziest Toastmasters
Club in USJ, Subang Jaya & Sunway -
www.toastmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Extol_Toastmasters_Club

Read about activities from Toastmasters
Clubs in KL, PJ and the rest of the world
in www.ToastmastersNewz.blogspot.com

Visit the Division W Blog at
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& see what we did in the 2007/2008 term

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Kelab Pidato Perdana - Mesyuarat 24 Oktober 2008


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Oct 24, 2008
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Azmi Shahrin
012-9198557

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Learn and improve your
Presentation Skills at
ProSkills Trainers -
www.ProSkillsTrainers.com

Check out my Collection of
the Greatest Speeches ever -
www.PublicSpeakingMagic.blogspot.com

Never mind the posturing and just look if
our Malaysian leaders inspire you
with their rhetorics -
www.MalaysianRhetoric.blogspot.com

Jadilah ahli Kelab Pidato Perdana
dan pelajari kaedah berpidato -
www.PidatoPerdana.com

Lawat blog Kelab Pidato Perdana untuk
membaca laporan aktiviti terkini kami -
www.PidatoPerdana.blogspot.com

Come and join Extol Toastmasters which
is probably the coziest Toastmasters
Club in USJ, Subang Jaya & Sunway -
www.toastmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Extol_Toastmasters_Club

Read about activities from Toastmasters
Clubs in KL, PJ and the rest of the world
in www.ToastmastersNewz.blogspot.com

Visit the Division W Blog at
www.divw.blogspot.com
& see what we did in the 2007/2008 term

Other places where I belong :)
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25 October, 2008

Division C Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contest 2008

President SK Ratnam of Extol Toastmasters Club was the 1st Runnerup at the
Division C Humorous Speech Contest on 18 October 2008



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24 October, 2008

Notis Mesyuarat Kelab Pidato Perdana Ke-101 @ 24 Oktober 2008


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Mesyuarat Kelab Pidato Perdana Ke-101
Jumaat 24 Oktober 2008, 7:15 Malam
Bangunan MCOBA, 42 Jalan Syed Putra, Kuala Lumpur

Pada Mesyuarat Ini Kami Akan Mengadakan 
Mesyuarat Lazim

Dan

Acara Pidato Oleh

Pemidato-Pemidato
Khoshim, Dusuki, Mano, Hisham, Shahnaz & Ahmad Zan

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Sdr Khoshim

Sdr Dusuki

Sdr Mano

 

 

 

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Sdr Hisham

Sdr Shahnaz

Sdr Ahmad Zan

 

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-- 
Azmi Shahrin
012-9198557

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Learn and improve your 
Presentation Skills at 
ProSkills Trainers - 
www.ProSkillsTrainers.com

Check out my Collection of 
the Greatest Speeches ever - 
www.PublicSpeakingMagic.blogspot.com

Never mind the bullshit and just look if
our Malaysian leaders inspire you 
with their rhetorics - 
www.MalaysianRhetoric.blogspot.com

Jadilah ahli Kelab Pidato Perdana 
dan pelajari kaedah berpidato - 
www.PidatoPerdana.com

Lawat blog Kelab Pidato Perdana untuk
membaca laporan aktiviti terkini kami -
www.PidatoPerdana.blogspot.com

Come and join Extol Toastmasters which
is probably the coziest Toastmasters
Club in USJ, Subang Jaya & Sunway - 
www.toastmasters.wikia.com/wiki/Extol_Toastmasters_Club

Read about activities from Toastmasters
Clubs in KL, PJ and the rest of the world
in www.ToastmastersNewz.blogspot.com 

Visit the Division W Blog at
www.divw.blogspot.com 
& see what we did in the 2007/2008 term

Other places where I belong :)
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www.picasaweb.google.co.uk/AzmiShahrin1




Azmi Shahrin
Naib Presiden Kelab Pidato Perdana

Trainer for

19 October, 2008

"New CL Jt. Meeting" of 13 clubs (13/10/08)

Our "mammoth" joint meeting at AFC on Monday was indeed a great success...

It was "mammoth" because, to my knowledge, it was the first time that 13 clubs had got together for a joint meeting -- not a workshop, not a seminar, not a convention... just a Toastmasters meeting !

It was hugely successful because it was touted for "a minimum of 5 from each participating club" -- meaning therefore that there should have been at least 65 attendees. But the head count was more than 100. That makes it a 150% success !!

The idea had initially sprouted as an imploratory request from AG Walia, who felt it imperative to educate and enlighten her Area W6 members on the new CL Manual. She was willing to organize a joint meeting of her clubs if a knowledgeable TM would facilitate.

When sounded at the Division Council meeting, the idea appealed to our receptive and perceptive ADVGET Soh, who felt that it could (and should) be expanded to encompass all Division W clubs.

Our servant-leader, DVG Dr Sharon, ever-adroit in accepting good suggestions, sounded the idea of securing a suitable venue to our Club Extension Chair, DTM Francis Ng.

The efficacious doyen of TMs that he is, Francis broached the concept to the power-packed newest club in District 51 -- the AFC TMC... and they spontaneously offered their clean and classy meeting hall for this purpose.

The extent of their hospitality was extended to the ultimate... the food was ooh la la on the one hand, and wow-o-wow on the other !! The number of items in the super savoury spread easily exceeded 40, not including the variety of beverages provided !! The catering was done by a premier hotel in Kuala Lumpur... and their service was faultless and flawless. Omigosh ! It was really worth much much more than the time, effort, and money to go all the way to Bukit Jalil.

Too bad for those of you who missed it. Next time, when Francis says something is going to be good, we need to believe it without question.

But do not be mistaken that the fun was only through fabulous food and fancy facilities !!

This fledgling Club produced its own core of brand new Toastmasters who equalled, and even excelled, the experienced ones in several ways. Their standard in both the Table Topics as well as the prepared speeches was well above average. TM Carlo Nohra (their VPPR) received such a resounding ovation for his Icebreaker... that even a spectators' roar from a football cup final would be no match to it. And the overwhelmingly-voted Best Table Topics Speaker at this 13-clubs joint meeting was from Tiger Toastmasters Club -- TM Ramsee !!

This AFC TMC is all gung-ho about Toastmastering ( if there is such a word ). They meet at 6:00 pm every week... on Mondays. Wow !! Talk about super charge and turbo speed ! Other clubs who are now preening over their present pole position need to be on the lookout... or be overtaken.

The one and only tinge of regret for all of us was the absence of their President, TM Mohamed Hammam, who had valiantly cut short his overseas trip to be back for this occasion -- only to be thwarted by circumstances beyond his control.

In conclusion, it was more than a good meeting... it was a jolly good meeting !

Our thanks are extended to the prime movers n shakers -- Organizing Chair AG Walia, and "Operations Manager" Francis. The chemistry between them actually added impetus to the organization of the event.

Our thanks also go to AG Dr Devi (in whose Area 3 AFC is in) and DVG Dr Sharon. And of course to our judicious and discerning ADVGET Soh, whose steadfast counsel has been invaluable to our Council time and again. (Poor Soh is now down with chicken pox.)

Many thanks to all who helped in one way or another.

And syabas, SYABAS, SYABAS to the super great guys and gals in AFC.

Sincerely,

Singam.

16 October, 2008

Toastmasters Kevin Lye Telling A Joke

Toastmasters Kevin Lye Telling A Joke during Extol Toastmasters Club meeting uploaded by Azmi Shahrin

13 October, 2008

Azmi Shahrin - Evaluation On Jeffey Boey's Speech.wmv

Azmi Shahrin - Evaluation On Jeffey Boey's Speech during The 1st Malaysian Gavel Club Meeting on 21 Sept 2008 - uploaded by Azmi Shahrin http://ProSkillsTrainers.com

10 October, 2008

5 strategies to defuse the audience

5 strategies to defuse the audience

October 9, 2008 by Olivia Mitchell 

Sometimes your audience needs defusing. You may know ahead of time that the audience is likely to be hostile to your ideas, or there may be a big issue looming over them which distracts them from listening to your presentation. Or they may simply not be that interested in listening to you.

Whatever the issue, it’s best to acknowledge it in the opening of your presentation. Here are some strategies:

1. Acknowledge the audience’s concerns

If your audience is riled about something before you even start- don’t ignore it. For example, public meetings around infrastructure issues can explode in emotion, if the audience doesn’t feel listened to.

You may be familiar with the concept of “reflective listening”  or “active listening” in one-on-one conversation. You can apply the principles underlying active listenting when you’re talking to an audience. By acknowledging the emotions, you can reduce the likelihood of chaos.

However, you do have to have some sensitivity in the way that you do this. Avoid cliches like “I understand how you’re feeling.” That’s a recipe for them to fire back with “Oh no, you don’t - how can you know what’s it’s like to live here”. Add specificity, for example, “I can understand that the idea of huge wind turbines on the hills behind your home is very concerning.”

2. Find common ground

When you’re addressing a controversial issue, start by identifying what you have in common with your audience. Listen to Barack Obama as he touched on what we have in common in his now famous speech on race “A More Perfect Union”:

I chose to run for the presidency at this moment in history because I believe deeply that we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together - unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and we may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction - towards a better future for our children and our grandchildren.

I have seen Nandor Tanczos, previously a Green Party MP in  New Zealand, do this effectively in a debate on drug law reform. He was arguing for the decriminalization of cannabis - but he reached out to all the members of the audience by identifying the common ground in the debate - that we were all interested in reducing the harm done by drugs.

3. Name the elephant in the room

If there’s an issue on everybody’s minds - address it head-on. Else your audience will be distracted from your substantive content.

The classic example of this is now Randy Pausch in The Last Lecture. For those of you new to the blogosphere, Randy Pausch was a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Professors at Carnegie Mellon were traditionally asked to give a speech entitled “The Last Lecture” in which they passed on their life’s wisdom to students. In Randy’s case it truly was his Last Lecture - he had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given 3-6 months to live (sadly he died in July). Every person in the audience knew about the diagnosis. If Randy hadn’t mentioned it right at the start, it would have been swirling around their minds and interfering with their concentration on what he was saying. Randy addressed his diagnosis head-on by showing slides of his CT scans to the audience. He demonstrated that he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself and said he didn’t want anybody else to feel sorry for him. Having dispatched “the elephant in the room” Randy was then able to get on with his presentation.

Note: If you haven’t yet seen The Last Lecture make the time to do so (about 70 mins). Once you’ve seen it you’ll want your loved ones to see it, so make it a family event.

4. Give them a reason for listening

If your audience don’t have an inherent interest in the topic of your presentation, then give them a reason for listening. Identify the benefit to them of listening.

Tony, my co-trainer at Effective Speaking, used to train sound engineers and radio technicians in how to carry out cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). As they worked with electricity there was always the risk that one of their colleagues might get electrocuted. But none of them looked forward to the idea of doing CPR on their colleagues! Tony would introduce the session by saying “Imagine you come home from work and your wife or your child is lying unmoving on the the kitchen floor. In this session we’re going to look at what you need to do.” Having the skills to save your loved ones - that’s a benefit.

5. Acknowledge weaknesses

Barack Obama spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at a time that many wild rumours about him were circulating. Here’s how he started:

Before I begin, I want to say that I know some provocative e-mails have been circulating throughout Jewish communities across the country. A few of you may have gotten them. They’re filled with tall tales and dire warnings about a certain candidate for president. And all I want to say is — let me know if you see this guy named Barack Obama, because he sounds pretty frightening.

In Yes: 50 secrets from the art of persuasion, Cialdini and his co-authors report on a study of jury decision-making.

When jurors heard a lawyer mention a weakness in his own case before the opposing attorney mentioned it, they rated him as more trustworthy and were more favourable to his overall case in their verdicts because of that perceived honesty.

Do you have audiences you need to defuse? Let us know in the comments.

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