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110: Diane DiResta – Creating your Speaking Sandwich



Picture the audience naked.

Wondering what I am talking about? Next to death it is rated as the top fear for people. Still not certain? Public Speaking is what I am talking about and picturing the audience naked is a strategy often suggested to minimize the fear reaction. Does it work though? Is there a better way?

How do you put together a speech, presentation or workshop that captivates the audience and most of all moves them to take action of some sort? Is there a better way to setup a room?

What is a Speaking Sandwich and can you get it in a NYC deli?

One of the things I do that makes me money is deliver keynote speeches, workshops and webinar-style keynotes. People say I make it look easy. It is not. Yes, I speak from the heart yet my perfectly scripted plans are rarely delivered as planned but there is a lot of prep that enables me to do that. My mom says I was born with a mic in my hand. For the average person, that is not their truth.

My guest has written a compendium, I do love that word, for speaking. She shares how you can deliver that perfect scripted yet off-the-cuff speech, how you can push past your fear and engage the audience from moment one and she does it with some levity and a few perfect examples of how not being perfect is the best way to deliver a knockout presentation.

 Diane DiResta, CSP, is Founder and CEO of DiResta Communications, Inc., a New York City consultancy serving business leaders who deliver high stakes presentations? whether one-to-one, in front of a crowd or from an electronic platform.   DiResta is the author of Knockout Presentations: How to Deliver Your Message with Power, Punch, and Pizzazz, an Amazon.com category best-seller and widely-used text in college business communication courses. www.diresta.com. She has unique ability to get to the core of the message and translate complexity into simplicity.

Diane has media trained sports and entertainment celebrities, including the NBA, WNBA and USGA.

Diane is Past President of the NYC chapter of National Speakers Association and former media trainer for the NBA and WNBA. Diane is a Certified Speaking Professional, a designation held by less than 12% of speakers nationwide. And her blog, Knockout Presentations, made the Top 50 Pubic Speaking blogs.

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