Scratch Notes on Past LA3 Meetings

-First meeting I attended was at SpiritWorks on January 20, 2010.

January 22, 2010: Darren LaCroix–Professional Speaker.

  • Perspective for where he was at
  • Says that good speeches are not written; they are re-written
  • It’s a process
  • Must have a “I’m not done presenting to the public attitude.”
  • To be the best, think like the best


  • Here’s what I thought/felt
  • Mental blocks
  • Challenging yourself in a challenging environment
  • Fall back on contest experience
  • Inward challenge as opposed to outward–that’s oas
  • What worked for you                vs.               What didn’t work for you
  • Casting humility and sincerety when it comes to speaking
  • Winner is not trying to win?

Do you have anxiety five minutes before a presentation?

  1. What is my intent?
  2. Am I present (here with you, right now?)
  3. Will I have fun?  (If you don’t, peeps wpn’t)
  4. How would I give this presentation if I knew it was my last ever?
  5. Would it be different if you knew?
  • Conscience mind is what you think or know
  • Subconscience mind is where you act!

Quotes on Process:

Are you willing to take the pain of feedback?

Let no one outprepare you!

Be so good…the only question is who comes in second?  Winning is the side effect.

More Notes–Owning the Stage

  • Starting point: What do you want adience to think/do once you are done (answer in ten words or fewer otherwie it’s not clear)
  • Talking to the audience is not acting.  It’s additive, applicable information.
  1. Personal Story–Conviction and Persuasion
  2. Dialogue; dialogue; do not narrate
  3. Do not quote on anyone i.e. “Here’s my quote but this is how it affected my life…” Do not quote to try to be profound
  4. Have a definite purpose (maybe even hollograms); give excerpt like falling down on stage before
  5. Clarity in delivery
  6. VAKS — Visual, Audio, Kinesthetics, Smell…as powerful as steaming coffee freshly brewed!
  7. It does not matter what you say to paint picture to audience, so long as they see it
  8. Internalize not memorize (otherwise, you will not be present)
  9. Speak to no one look to all
  10. Ask “You” questions instead of “You all” ie. Have you gone to Vegas?  It makes others think “Oh, that could have been my question…”


Dialogue can add more interest to the audience.  It must be a clear, concise concept.  The following are tips on dialogue.

  • Connect with the audience; be sure to give them time to sieve information
  • Vocal qualities
  • Presence/confidence
  • Dialogue is not narration
  • Characters in a scene are not part of eye contact
  • Stop moving your lips when pausing
  • Do not memorize–internalize your content to deliver
  • Do not say, “I want to tell you a story…”  Audience will think “So what?  Who cares? What’s in it for us?”
  • Make a story; make a point
  • What are the aha’s?  and share

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