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Executives: Include Public Speaking in Your Skill Set

FFC big1445168_origMy thanks to the folks at the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce for posting my piece in their brand new business blog. As a good writer should, I don’t waste time getting to the point:

Dynamic executives think long and hard about how to improve their skills, so they can both help their organizations succeed and also move forward in their careers. As you weigh the skill sets you need, be sure to include public speaking.
You’ll find the complete post here.

Coming to a Venue Near You: Porro Live

I’m excsmall audienceited to report that I’m taking my show on the road. I’ll be sharing my lively, multi-media presentation, Communicate Better to Boost Your Business: Secrets of a Fortune 500 Speechwriter, with organizations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

First up, I’m speaking to the Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Roundtable on February 25. Then in March, I’m doing a lunch talk for Connect 113 in Alexandria, VA. And in April, I’m speaking at the Tower Club to the Rotary Club of Tyson’s Corner.

Watch this space, as there are more to come!

 

Quote Box: The “Killer Skill” for Executives

Presentation is the ‘Killer Skill’ we take into the real world. It gives us an almost unfair advantage.

 The McKinsey Mind: Understanding and Implementing the Problem-Solving Tools
and Management Techniques of the World’s Top Strategic Consulting Firm

 

Research Before You Write! …. from smartCEO

smartceo_logoYou can pretty much sum up my January smartCEO Thought Leadership Piece in six words: A great speech starts with research.

Why? Because a generic, one-size-fits-all speech is guaranteed to bomb.

To engage an audience, your speech must be tailored to a specific time, place and set of listeners. You’ll find some suggestions on how to do that here.

The Award Director Michael Bay Doesn’t Want: Worst Speech of 2014

Michael Bay

Michael Bay

Michael Bay has directed special-effects-laden blockbuster movies (including the Transformer franchise) that have earned literally billions of dollars world wide. He’s won a lot of awards, too, of which I’m sure he’s very proud. But I don’t think he’ll be overjoyed should he learn that he is 2014’s recipient of the first ever “Worst Speech of the Year,” bestowed by all of us here at “The CEO at the Mic.”

The award is for his, um, presentation at last January’s gigantic Consumer Electronics Show. Samsung brought him out on stage before hundreds of journalists and industry professionals, packed in a Las Vegas hall, to sing the praises of the company’s ultra-high definition curved TVs . But apparently something went wrong with the teleprompter, and Bay flubbed his opening lines. He went mute for a second, then complained about the ‘prompter. The Samsung executive acting as MC tried very calmly to feed Bay his lines….but to no avail. Bay said, “I’m sorry,” and walked off the stage to stunned silence.

Mike, you have to prepare for theses things, dude.

In particular, if Bay were a reader of this column, he would have known these rules for effective executive speeches.

1. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse

2. At the very least, memorize your key points so you can wing it in case technology fails, or you simply lose your speech.

3. Never, ever wait till the last minute.