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Secrets To Planning The Perfect Speech For An Actor: How to plan to give the best speech of your life!

Copyright 2017 by Jim Anderson

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Blue Elephant Consulting
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Library of Congress Control Number: 2017904304



ISBN-13: 978-1544800202
ISBN-10: 1544800207

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Acknowledgements



Any book like this one is the result of years of real-world work experience. In my over 25 years of working for 7 different firms, I have met countless fantastic people and I've been mentored by some truly exceptional ones. Although I've probably forgotten some of the people who made me the person that I am today, here is my attempt to finally give them the recognition that they so truly deserve:

  • Thomas P. Anderson

  • Art Puett

  • Bobbi Marshall

  • Bob Boggs

Dr. Jim Anderson













This book is dedicated to my wife Lori. None of this would have been possible without her love and support.

Thanks for the best years of my life (so far)…!













Table Of Contents



WHAT'S THE BEST WAY FOR AN ACTOR TO GIVE A GREAT SPEECH?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

CHAPTER 1: WELCOME TO THE PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE GAMES!

CHAPTER 2: “ONCE UPON A TIME…” – THE ROLE OF STORYTELLING IN BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

CHAPTER 3: ARRGH! ISN’T THERE A LAW AGAINST GIVING BAD PRESENTATIONS?

CHAPTER 4: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF PERSUASION

CHAPTER 5: GOING GLOBAL: HOW TO GIVE A PRESENTATION INTERNATIONALLY

CHAPTER 6: HOW TO MAKE A TECHNICAL PRESENTATION RIVETING

CHAPTER 7: HEY GOOD LOOKING – ARE YOU A PRESENTER?

CHAPTER 8: DO YOU LOOK PRESENTABLE DURING YOUR PRESENTATION?

CHAPTER 9: HOW TO PRESENT ON THE WORST DAY OF YOUR LIFE

CHAPTER 10: PERSUADE AN AUDIENCE USING 3 SECRETS USED BY PRESENTERS

CHAPTER 11: PERSUASION POWER – HOW TO WIN OVER AN AUDIENCE

CHAPTER 12: KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW MAY HURT YOU

What's The Best Way For An Actor To Give A Great Speech?

No matter if the speech that you'll be expected to give is part of a role that you'll be playing or if it is for some event outside of a production, giving a good speech can be a real challenge. The good news is that as an actor, you have the skills that it's going to take to do this well. The same skills that you use to bring a role to life can be used to breathe life into a speech.

Just think of all of the great speakers who have gone before you Dr. Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Steve Jobs, the list goes on and on. Now you've been give your chance to change the world!

I can well image what you are feeling right now – fear, doubt, uncertainty. Don't worry about it. I've got some good news for you – all of those great speakers felt the very same thing. However, they were able to muster up the courage to go out there and give the best speech that they possibly could. They did change the world and you just might end up doing the same thing.

However, before you go doing that, we've got to make sure that you've got a well-planned speech to work with. Planning a speech is the first step in creating and delivering a powerful and effective speech. In order to plan a speech you need to take the time before you start to write out your speech and think about who you'll be speaking to.

When planning a speech you need to make sure that you understand the purpose of your speech. Why are you going to go to all of the effort to create and deliver this speech? After you know that, take the time to think about your audience: what do they want from your speech?

You're going to have to choose what type of speech you want to give. You can choose to deliver an informative speech, a demonstrative speech, an inspirational speech, or a humorous speech. More often than not the speech that you end up giving will draw from all four types of speeches.

The good news is that I know that you're going to give a great speech and it's all going to start with the planning. Take the time to read this book, learn what you need to do in order to plan a great speech and then go out there and knock 'em dead!

Good luck!



  • Dr. Jim Anderson



About The Author

I must confess that I never set out to be a public speaker. When I went to school, I studied Computer Science and thought that I'd get a nice job programming and that would be that. Well, at least part of that plan worked out!

My first job was working for Boeing on their F/A-18 fighter jet program. I spent my days programming fighter jet software in assembly language and I loved it. The U.S. government decided to save some money and went looking for other countries to sell this plane to. This put me into an unfamiliar role: I started to meet with foreign military officials and I ended up having to give speeches in order to explain what my product did.

Time moved on and so did I. I found myself working for Siemens, the big German telecommunications company. They were making phone switches and selling them to the seven U.S. phone companies. The problem was that the switches were too complicated. Customers couldn't tell the difference between one complicated phone switch from another complicated phone switch. Once again I found myself standing in front of the room giving speeches in order to explain what these complicated machines did and why ours were better than anyone else's.

I've spent over 25 years working as a product manager for both big companies and startups. This has given me an opportunity to do many, many presentations for customers, at conferences, and everywhere in-between.

I now live in Tampa Florida where I spend my time managing my consulting business, Blue Elephant Consulting, teaching college courses at the University of South Florida, and traveling to work with companies like yours to share the knowledge that I have about how to create and deliver powerful and effective speeches.

I'm always available to answer questions and I can be reached at:

Dr. Jim Anderson
Blue Elephant Consulting
Email: jim@BlueElephantConsulting.com
Facebook: http://goo.gl/1TVoK
Web: http://www.BlueElephantConsulting.com/

"Unforgettable communication skills that will
set your ideas free…"

Chapter 1







Welcome To The Passive Aggressive Games!







Chapter 1: Welcome To The Passive Aggressive Games!

Thanks to millions of years of evolution, we are all pretty good at recognizing situations in which we are called on to compete. Our communication skills are tuned to allow us to make ourselves heard in these situations and to get our point across. Which is why we all seem to do such a poor job when we are faced not with competition, but rather opposition. Oh, oh. What to do now?

So what is opposition? Opposition is what happens when the group of people that you are trying to communicate with are just dead set against what you have to say. If you show up in a situation where you are going to be telling your team about a great new documentation system that the company has mandated that everyone will start using, you will encounter opposition if nobody that you are talking to wants to do documentation in the first place — it’s not that the new system is a bad idea (although it might be), it’s just that everyone rejects the idea of doing documentation.

What’s funny is that although in our field of work we may struggle with how to deal with opposition, the folks who work in politics deal with it on a daily basis. Our elected officials are forced to deal with opposition every day and so they have developed effective ways of dealing with it. We could learn a thing or two from them:

* Co-opt The Other Side’s Issue: this is one of my favorite approaches. Don’t go head-to-head with the opposition. Instead take a careful look at what’s motivating their position: why doesn’t your team want to do documentation? If you show respect for their underlying issue and then go ahead and propose a different way of solving it, you’ll basically cut off the opposition at the knees.

In our documentation case, if you show the team that offshore developers do a poor job of native language documentation and by doing a good job of documentation their work they will be able to keep more jobs onshore, then you’ve accomplished your co-opting.


* Redefine The Issue: Initially an issue may start out as a tug-of-war. In order to solve this problem, if you redefine it in such a way that it is no longer a tug-of-war, then you can win the other side over.

In our documentation example, the issue could start out as a “the company is telling us to do more work”. This could be redefined as “Other companies have created products that interface with our product. In order for them (and us) to be successful, they have to understand how our product works and so documentation is needed.” All of a sudden, what was something that was being created for the faceless company becomes a tool for specific small business owners.


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