Effective Public Speaking 101

Want to spread the word about how rare childhood cancer is?  Even if you are afraid to talk in front of a group of people, you can do this without giving a big speech!  This is how to give an effective talk on why childhood cancer is not rare.

rotaryAsk for time to speak at a service club’s luncheon or meeting.  Rotary, Exchange, JayCees, Lion’s Club, PTA, Church Group, etc. have these on a monthly basis and are always looking for someone to inform them on issues important to their community, city, or organization.  They will want you to fill anywhere from 10 minutes to 20 minutes with a prepared talk.  Ask them if you can show a short video. If the answer is, “no,” then, stop here, this lesson is not for you.  If the answer is “yes,” then proceed with this lesson.

Assuming it is OK to show a video, take a laptop and at least a 32 to 40 inch flat screen with you.  You will need an internet connection or a DVD of the video below. Many places that hold meetings already have internet and large screens available to use.  Check ahead of time to see what you will need.

Allow yourself plenty of time to set up prior to the meeting. Double check and make sure that it works!

When it comes time to speak, thank them for having you and tell them that most peopleSchool think childhood cancer is rare, but you are there to tell them it is not.  Tell them, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer every singe day.  “That’s about one classroom of kids in __________ Elementary School every day.”  Ask everyone to view the video below. Tell them to watch from AALIYAH to TYLER and to JESSIE.  Ask them to write down the names of kids that share the same first name because you want to see how many people get it right.

Show the video, click below.HeroVideo

When the video is done. Tell them that it only contained a small number of the 2,000 plus kids that DIED in 2012 alone. Each day, every four hours, somewhere in the U.S.   a child dies from cancer.  Look at your watch and (if you are at a lunch meeting) say, “So far today, three have died,” and if your are at a dinner meeting say, “So far, five have died today  from cancer that SOME people want to keep calling rare.”  Next, tell them to support childhood cancer research (pick the one you want or pick Jessie’s NEGU since they made the video, not to mention all the good they do).

End of Talk.  Thank them. Don’t even ask who counted the number of times a name was repeated, no one will know.  Take my word for it, they won’t even notice that you never asked.

facetofaceWhat ever you do, don’t send this video to our childhood cancer community members! They already know this stuff.  Show the video to people who don’t have a clue about kid’s cancer!

Every year over 2,000 innocent children lose their courageous fight with cancer. These kids are the true heroes. They battled. They took the meds. They did what the Dr.’s said. They did everything they could and still there was no cure for them. The Jessie Rees Foundation creates an annual video called The NEGU Heroes: A Children’s Tribute. This video is full of faces. Faces of heroes. Faces that should be living life but there was no cure. Faces that need to be remembered. We NEGU for these families too!

Contact information for NEGU:

Jana Perry
Family Resource Coordinator
Jessie Rees Foundation: Never Ever Give Up!
inspired by Jessie Rees (4/8/99-1/5/12)
a 501 c(3) public charity
Email:: NEGU.org
Online:: www.jessie.org
Address:: 22521 Avenida Empresa, Suite 112 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 Toll Free:: 888-648-NEGU (6348)

Author: Joe Baber

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1 Response to Effective Public Speaking 101

  1. krispearson88 says:

    This is fantastic! I never know what to say, so I just don’t! Now to find a laptop to be able to do this!!! Thank you so much!

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