HOW TO USE PROPS IN PUBLIC SPEAKING

Mr. Anurag Aggarwal giving training at Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking, Kamla Nagar-4What is a PROP?

A prop can be anything that can be handheld during a presentation or a speech. While giving a presentation, using props can be a great idea as you can grab audience’s attention through them. Visual representations are surely a better way to prove your presentation skills as they can make a monotonous presentation/meeting more lively.

Props are visual aids. They are significant as they add variety and help you to make your presentation memorable. Props help you in keeping your audience attentive throughout the speech. Memory is another reason to use props while giving a presentation. People can keep in mind the images easier than words. It is rightly said that ‘A picture is worth a thousand words.’

Props must be used carefully and the speaker (or the presenter) must remember that they should not overshadow your speech but just play the role of engaging the audience and highlighting your points.

Below are some frequently used props.

Overheads/Slideshows- Many speakers use this prop in their speech however some of them also happen to misuse them unintentionally. The speaker should make sure not to be completely dependent on these props. If he reads word to word from the slides, they may become the focus for the audience due to which they may lose interest in the audience. The speaker should use these only as a supplement to make his points clearer to the audience.

White boards- Speaker/presenters giving speech or a presentation at smaller places may prefer using white boards. While using a white board remember that you write only a few words of each line using large font and no cursive writing.

Handouts- Handouts may or may not be considered as props by many people. Rather than being a helpful aid, handouts often turn out to be a source of distraction to audience if provided at the beginning of the speech or in between. If you want to give handouts, then you must give it at the end of your speech. This would help in retaining the audience’s attention.

In case you have to give the handouts during your speech, then make sure that they are short and precise. Pause while the audience go through the handout and then tell them what you are going to discuss about it.

Small and Large Props- At times, it’s vital or may be just fun to hold up pictures, magazines, or other small props to add interest of the audience to a topic. But small props can be used only in small rooms having an audience of 15-30 people.

However, if you’re performing in a large venue, be wary of doing so, as the people in the back of the room will become frustrated because they cannot see your props. At such places you must use lager props such as model of a building or a car etc.

Make sure that props are placed in such a manner that everyone can see it and it does not upstage you.

A FEW TIPS TO BE SUCCESSFUL WITH PROPS

If used incorrectly, props can ruin your presentation rather than developing it. Here are some practices that may help you with using props:

  • Moving parts of the prop must be checked and it should be ensured that they are working properly.
  •  Keep your prop(s) out of sight until you’re going to use it to intensify the element of surprise.
  • Props should always be large enough to be visible to the audience.
  • Assess your level of ease with using a particular prop. If you are not comfortable with the prop, you may not be confident in public speaking.
  • Practice your speech beforehand to become smooth in using the prop.

Props, if used appropriately can add significantly to a presentation by making it more joyful, understandable, logical and memorable for the audience.

‘Anurag Aggarwal Institute of Public Speaking provides training on using props in its Public Speaking Course. You will also be trained in all those things related to your confidence, personality and speaking which are stopping you from growing in your career.
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PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT: DRESSING SENSE

Public speaking, personality development and presentation skills are all inter-related. Without having a pleasant personality, it is very difficult to get confidence in public speaking and in presentations. Having the knowledge of dressing according to the occasion can be the best option for personality development. Here is a session on Dressing Sense by Mr. Anurag Aggarwal, the public speaking and personality development trainer.

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Tips for Managers to Manage well

Employees are very important asset of any business. Employees are the face of any company. So it’s very important to make sure that your employees project a good image.

Managing employees effectively has become a major concern in the corporate world. Efficient employee management is one of the significant solutions for reducing employee retention. There are very few managers in the business world under whom employees are truly happy to work.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF A MANAGER—

1. Succession Planning

2. Supervise and manage the overall performance

3. Analyzing, reporting, giving recommendations

4. Working out resources & expenditures

5. Employee selection, Training & Motivation

WHAT MAKES A GOOD MANAGER?

1. A manager should be an appropriate counselor.

2. A manager should use power properly

3. A manager should be a mentor for employees

4. Manager should effectively communicate to employees

5. A manager should motivate employees

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR EMPLOYEES?

1. Setting goals- It is important to set goals. Setting goals gives employees something to work hard to achieve.
2. Teaching/ coaching employees– Employees should be properly trained. Taking the time to teach and coach employees will be well worth it.
3. Motivating Employees- Employees like to feel that their hard work is appreciated. Incentives and rewards can be used as a tool for motivating employees. Some non monetry motivation should also be there.
4. Effectively communicating to employees- A manager should never degrade or mistreat an employee.
5. Firing Employees– If you have employees that are only bringing negativity to your business, it is best to let them go.

Employees bring a wealth of enthusiasm and eagerness to your company. Just remember that they can become easily bored by the mundane and routine, and that they need to feel involved.  As employees grow with your business and become more experienced, you will see your investment in them pay off.
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GOAL SETTING: The Building Blocks of Success

A man once wrote to Abraham Lincoln, saying that he wanted to be a lawyer. Mr. Lincoln replied to him: “ If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, then your work is more than 90% done.” This response is understandable, coming from a man who, as a boy, used to walk 50 miles from his log cabin to borrow a book, & back again to return it: a journey of 8 days.

Lincoln was a great man, but such greatness can belong to ordinary people in their everyday lives, as well.

What makes a man so resolute? Not his desires or wants alone. It’s his ability to set goals for himself & to achieve them.

Goals are born out of dreams. There’s a story about two men who went to Disneyland; one man remarked, “ If Walt Disney were alive to see this place, he would be proud of it!” To which the second replied, “ He did see this place years ago…it was his vision, which is now a reality.”

Dreams that become goals are not idle daydreams; they are visions that compel action, which motivate people to achieve. Without a vision, you will not know where you are heading, or where you want to go.

The first step to achieving anything is to set one’s goals. Goals are what you want, & they determine what you will get. Setting a goal is important because life without a goal is just like cricket without wicket.

Where you see yourself 10 years from now is your vision; when you decide to work towards making it come true, it becomes your goal. And achieving it is your success.

Of course, again, it is not enough to just set your goals; it is necessary to focus all your resources in the right direction to reach them.

For this, one must decide on the path you will take, which will lead to the goal. This may sound easy, but in reality, it is a major challenge, as sometimes many paths seem to lead to the same direction, or worse still, there may be no paths at all in sight.  For instance, you can get to CP from GK-I by bus, or autorickshaw, or a taxi. You have many options but the choice of vehicle will depend entirely on you.

But suppose you want to go to California from GK-I, then can you consider a bus or a taxi? No, you can’t, but does that mean you give up your plan of going to California? This is where your determination will count: if you really want to make it, come what may, you will take a flight to your destination.

If the distance between you and your goal is too large, then only your will & motivation can get you there. Most people try to decrease the distance by lowering their standard, compromising on their goal, i.e. giving up. But the successful man will bridge this distance by striving to get closer to his ultimate aim.

This is exactly what the famous publisher, Shekhar Malhotra did: when wholesalers & booksellers were refusing to stock the books he published, because their demand was low & profits were negligible, he had the wisdom not to give up. He started circulating newsletters about the books, which aroused the readers’ interest in them, & soon the sales of the books shot up manifold.

Noted writer Shiv Khera maintains that “winners don’t do different things, they do things differently”. But Malhotra devised a way, which was not only different, but he also did it differently: he went beyond just “winning”; he was successful, because he innovated.

To succeed, it is important to change one’s attitude to match the circumstances, like the rats in “Who Moved My Cheese?” Most people resist change; they would rather alter the “end” than change the “means”.

But, one may ask, what if one’s goal is too far away, & the only way of reaching them is beyond your grasp?

A giant leap is not the only way to bridge a gap; inching closer bit by bit will also work, as long as you meet your target.

So, if you can’t afford that flight to California, you can work as a cabin boy on a ship that’s headed for the USA, get off at the port, & then hitch-hike all the way to your dream: it might take longer, but you’ll certainly get there!

The old proverb “Many a little makes a mickle” is best applied to goal setting.

Achieving your goal is a lot like eating a full, roasted elephant: you have to cut it up into smaller parts!

Dividing your ultimate goal into smaller “sub-goals” will make it easier to reach, just like it’s easier to solve those enormous algebraic equations when you work them out in parts.

A good way to work towards one’s goal is to set some deadlines for oneself: if you need to meet a sales target, for example, then you could set smaller weekly targets to be met, rather than aiming at the annual figure at one go. Students preparing for examinations are able to complete a vast syllabus only if they aim to finish a few chapters per week, a few topics per day, so that they are not burdened by the size of the whole mass of work.

Because the sub-goal is smaller & more realistic, it is easier to motivate oneself to work for it.

But even such effective strategies will not work if one lacks the two crucial elements of success: determination & perseverance. A battle cannot be won with clever stratagem alone; the armoury is just as vital!

And no weapon is as strong as grit & hard work. Like Abe Lincoln believed, if there’s a fire in your belly, then your battle is as good as won.

When I was 9 years old, I wanted a bike; when my father refused to buy me one, I decided to buy one for myself, & started to save up my daily allowance of 25 paise, denying myself the little treats that a child usually craves for. It took me almost two years of saving up those coins, but in the end, I bought myself my dream bike. My self-control & steadfast will finally brought me my reward. And my present success, too, is a result of my belief, that if one perseveres long & hard enough, he can attain any goal, no matter how long it takes, or how difficult it may seem.

Never underestimate the will power; it can overcome even death.

“Chicken Soup for the Surviving Soul” relates the inspiring true story of a man who defied fate with the power of love. He had met his wife at the age of 9, & ever since, had loved her more than anything else in the world; so, when he was diagnosed with blood cancer at the age of 64, with barely 6 months to live, he resolved that he would not die while his wife still lived. And he lived to be 81, & died the day after his wife passed away, after cheating death for 17 years.

This immense power can fuel a man to accomplish anything, if he will only believe in himself.

We cannot be motivated by other people; we can only be inspired by others to motivate ourselves, to awaken our will, & strengthen our resolve.

When we give up on something, we actually give up on ourselves, because we deny ourselves a chance to fulfil the remarkable potential we all have to attain the so-called unattainable.

Indeed, history books abound with accounts of legendary men & women who have achieved more in one year than many of us do in a lifetime; they all have one trait in common: THEY NEVER GAVE UP.

And we can all learn from them, & use their wisdom in our lives as well.

Inspiration does not come from the use of many words, which Sir Winston Churchill proved, when he was invited to give an inspiring speech to the students of the University of Oxford. He put aside his trademark hat, cane, & cigar, approached the podium, & said, before returning to his seat: “ Never give up, never give up”.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT

Are you scared of facing the public? Are you scared of speaking on microphone? Do you have butterflies while giving a presentation?

These are some questions the answers to which for many people would be ‘yes’.

Different people may have different reasons for this. Some do not have confidence, some hesitate to speak before audience, some do not feel comfortable in speaking English and most importantly most people do not get the platform to speak.

Speaking in public is an art that is mastered by a few. It is the wish of all to have effective public speaking capability but there are many obstacles that occur while speaking in front of an audience. Public speaking courses groom such people and provide them with adequate means to speak effectively and convey their point of view effectively and forcefully.

All the above mentioned hurdles may be removed by doing a public speaking course under the guidance of a trainer or public speaker. Public Speaking Courses are designed in such a way so as to overcome various difficulties faced by different groups of people. They offer means to remove the obstacles in speaking and help you become a successful public speaker.

Public speaking Courses are generally designed keeping in mind the following groups of people:

  1. Beginners for whom speaking before huge audience is a first occasion.
  2. Professionals having interaction and great deal with public.
  3. Experienced people who want to improve their public speaking skills in their career or at their workplace.

The contents usually included in a Public Speaking Course are:

  • Improving your grammar
  • Giving impromptu speeches
  • Learning the art of making power point presentations impactful
  • Role plays
  • Group discussions
  • Political speeches
  • Improving your dressing sense

The appropriate public speaking course must be selected and the results will be commensurate with the hard work employed to better them. Public speaking courses are valuable tools to improve our conduct in public and they provide opportunities to better ourselves every time we come across group of people. Public speaking courses must be adapted reasonably to the situation and it will then start showing dividends that will please immensely.

You must search for these courses in and around your location and make sure to choose the best. Before joining any such course, confirm about their way of training, the course contents, about the trainers and such things.

These are only a few of the points but much more than this is done at ANURAG AGGARWAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC SPEAKING. You are continuously guided and analyzed there which helps you in improving everyday. You are always motivated to do better through out the public speaking course and thus you gain confidence to face the public.

So go ahead, join this course and feel the difference in you.

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THE POWER OF MIND

Have you ever wondered what the difference between mind and brain is? Yes, they different. While brain has a physical appearance, mind does not have. Like a computer works with hardware and software similarly our body works with brain as a hardware and mind as software. Generally, a normal human being uses only 1-5% of his brain while the other part of brain remains unused. It is our mind that decides about everything we are doing or what we are not doing. It is our mind that brings in positive and negative thoughts. Thus the most important thing is to control our mind. We need to remove our mental blocks that we have due to some reason or the other.

We may have mental blocks due to many reasons but they need to removed by following these ways:

1.      Learn from the past incidences. Past incidents of life program us to say ‘I can not do this.’  If we have failed in doing something in the past it may leave an impact on mind that we can never succeed in this. For instance, if I could not learning driving a car a few years back or if I ever had an accident then I would think that I can never learn driving or if I would drive I would meet an accident. This thinking stops us from taking any chance. We would always have negative thoughts about it.

It is therefore important to identify such incidents and we shall try to come out of it. It would certainly demand too much efforts but I can assure you that they would pay you.

2.      Grab the opportunities. Some of us wait for the opportunities to knock our door and many of us are ready to take the opportunities even when they are at the door-steps. You don’t believe it?? Then try this in a group of 15-20 people. Show them a 1000 rupees note and ask them who ever wants it, come and take it. You would see that only 3-4 people would come and take this opportunity. Is it that others did not have the opportunity?? No. They had the opportunity but they did not have the courage to take it.

Never miss out any opportunity that comes your way.

3.      Put in that extra effort. All of us have a comfort zone beyond which we never see as we enjoy being in that. We may have to face some hardship if we try moving out of this comfort zone. We do not bother to put any extra effort to improve our present situation and we remain happy with the present situation. Although it is good to be happy with whatever we have but then learning is also an important part of life. We have to be receptive. We must come out of our comfort zone and learn something new everyday. We should try to accept some changes rather than limiting ourselves to the comfort level we are living in.

4.      Convert difficulties into challenges. Be courageous enough to face difficult situations as challenges. On facing any difficulty, many people get tensed, they lose hope and just sit idle thinking that nothing will work. Instead, be brave to fight against such situations. Do your best and prove yourself that no situation can lower your morale. Let no one deter you. Think positively, expect only favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. Changes may take some time so have patience.

5.      Believe in God and Yourself. We want others to believe in us but how can anyone believe in you when you don’t believe in yourself. Have belief in God. Think what you want and keep thinking about it again and again and you will get it for sure. But the most important thing is to have a belief in yourself. If you would keep thinking that I cannot get a particular thing then be sure that you would never get it. But if you can assure yourself that this thing would certainly be mine, and then nobody can stop you from getting it. Just keep thinking positive about what you want.

6.     Don’t have a limited thinking. Lets take for instance I ask you that I want to gift you a Mercedes. Would you take it?? Most people will ask me to stop kidding. Others will say that we are happy with Skoda or they might say that I can’t accept it as it would be too costly to manage. The point here is that people have a limited thinking beyond which they can’t think. Try to have a high thinking. Think that if you will get this car, you will also get money to manage it.

Start working on the above points and you would see a positive change in your life.

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DEVELOP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR

While it is important to communicate with people in a get-together to be in their good books, it is equally important to have a good sense of humor to get the attraction of others. Having a sense of humor is a very admirable trait. Like anything, some people are naturally gifted at telling good jokes, while others struggle to find the right punch line. If you find comedy difficult, understanding what makes a good joke will vastly improve your sense of humor and allow you to be the star of a dinner or party. You can sharpen your sense of humor if you really want to. Just in some time of your efforts of improving your sense of humor, you would find people loving your company.

Here are some ways to improve your sense of humor:

1. Arouse curiosity. Never speak the punch line of the humorous story/joke in the beginning. Your audience should not have any inkling about the end of your joke otherwise the laughter would be missing and your joke may boomerang.

2. Never announce that you are going to tell them a joke. If you want to become famous, first make the ground for the joke and then blur it out to make it look spontaneous. You have to do this cleverly. If you do it, they would look for you, call you, and invite you in their parties and seminars.

3. The punch line or punch word should always be in the last. If you speak anything after the punch line that would only spoil the effect of that joke. There is no exception to this rule.

4. You may fumble while narrating the joke many times but you can’t fumble on the punch line. It must role out smoothly from your lips. That’s why I would suggest you to always mug up the punch line and practice it speaking. But never memorize the story word to word.

5. ‘The Three Pauses Technique’ (TPT). Never speak a joke in one breath. You know your joke well but most people take time to understand. Give them time. Give the first pause before the punch line. So they understand that you have reached to the climax. Second pause before the punch word and third pause after the punch word and then shut up.( The dots on three places in the previous point represent pauses)

6. Maintain appropriate body language, voice modulation, facial expression and eye contact. You may use all of them during the joke. But keep the punch line as simple as possible using none of the above.

7. Live in present. People who think about yesterdays and fearful tomorrows never improve their sense of humor.

8. The most important thing in a sense of humour is being able to look at the funny side of even the most annoying things.

9. Start associating with humorous, fun loving people and avoid the tongue-tights. With quiet people you remain quiet and funny company makes you just like them. Society moulds a man.

10. It is important to realize that we all make mistakes and when we have a good laugh, that makes the mistake seem trivial. People like you when you laugh out your mistakes.

11. Make note of the jokes that really make people laugh and save them for opportune moments. For instance, someone recalled reading the ‘Situation Vacant” ads one morning and discovered this gem: “The successful applicant should have 203 years experience.” Obviously the advertisement meant to say 2 or 3 years experience.
He immediately cut it out and placed it in my collection for future use.

12. Exaggerate the embarrassing moments of your life and tell others as a humorous story.

13. Find your style. Watch all the great comedians on TV, radio or on big screen. To name a few: Raju Srivastav, Shekher Suman, Surender Sharma, Anupam Kher, Jaspal Bhatti, Johny Lever etc. They all have their own unique style and brand of comedy– slapstick, situational, political, cynical, raunchy, etc. Discover whatever works best for you and make your identity.

Some DO’s & DON’TS:

1. Once you have selected, prepared and practiced your jokes, find an audience. Ask yourself, what type of audience do you enjoy presenting your jokes to? Kids, adults or your peer group?

2. Never take others’ jokes seriously but don’t even hurt someone by just cracking a joke on them.

3. Make sure to avoid racist, sexist, or filthy humor. There is plenty of good, clean and naughty humor to go around without resorting to these. Remember that there is a difference between dirty and naughty humor.

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SCARED OF FACING THE PUBLIC

SCARED OF FACING PUBLIC??

Join ANURAG AGGARWAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC SPEAKING where you would know how to loose fear and gain confidence by motivational trainings, role plays, power point presentations, group discussions, impromptu speeches, games and lots more.
This is most suitable for employed, self-employed, professionals, students, MBA’s, CA’s and all those who have to face public and want to build confidence. This Public Speaking & Personality Development Course is held in Delhi (North, West, South and Central), Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon.

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