For nearly forty years Dr Sandra Cabot has been advocating holistic health. She is a life saver for many of her patients. She tells it as it is. Her Liver Cleansing Diet book sold over 2 million copies and has been translated into 11 languages. One doctor called her a “witch” – something she laughs about. In this interview she talks about health – and how we can attain it. She doesn’t speak highly of sugar.
Margaret is 78 years old and has been teaching singing in Campbelltown for decades. She is from the old school of entertainers and performed in Melbourne and Sydney. She worked in musical theatre and loves comedy. In this interview we hear an old recording of Margaret singing under the baton of the late Hector Crawford (Crawford Productions). She taught Kate Ritchie and Danielle Everett as well as countless others who now have wonderful careers. She is a much loved member of the acting community. Her wisdom and humour makes this interview very special. Our photo show Margaret with student Simon Cabello and stage director Byron Philips on the wings.
In Pat’s workshops you will be introduced to the basics on how to present in front of an audience. You will be shown proven techniques that will help cut down your fear. And learn some trade secrets on the do’s and don’ts on how to make your ten minute or four hour presentation successful. This hands on workshop introduces you to effective presenting – it will also cover other duties you could be asked to perform e.g. adhoc questions, Q & A, a troublesome audience etc.
You may be in a position where you have to present to a small or large group – or you may have been called upon to emcee a business or charity event. Regardless of whether the event is a free or paid gig you owe it to the audience to do your very best. This workshop will help you deliver an acceptable presentation – and with practicing these techniques you will fare much better than most. This day will not help correct any speech challenges a person may have.
How to Help Overcome Fear
We all have fears. And public speaking is up there with the top five worst fears of all time. These fears will be greatly reduced once you understand a few principles and how to overcome them.
This course has been run for business and individuals both in Sydney and overseas. And there are many who have benefited and sing the praises of this results driven workshop.
Who Can this Workshop Help?
Businesses who need their middle and senior management to brush up on presenting skills. The training can be tailored to suit most businesses including presenters, emcees, speakers, politicians, marriage and funeral celebrants, toastmasters, teachers, university lecturers, musicians, magicians, actors etc. This workshop will also help anyone who has to give a speech. Or anyone who has to present their business, product or wants to sharpen their sales presentation.
Mind Mapping – Can’t find an Idea?
I also include a session on mind mapping – you will discover how a simple mind map can help you plan any presentation – small or big. When asked to make a presentation many people just grab a few notes or scraps of paper and hope for the best. Those days are gone. I have been using mind maps for years with much success. I’ll guide you on how to create these mind maps and how you can tailor them for any presentation.
Present like a Professional – Workshop Outcomes
By the end of training you will effectively know:-
- How to open and close an event – your first and last words and why they set the scene.
- The correct “order of events” and why this is important
- How to use the microphone effectively
- The use of body language
- How to arrange the pecking order of officials
- How to arrange a successful Q & A session.
- How best to read your script and notes
- What to do when a script has been written for you that you disagree with
- How to dress correctly
- How to present with confidence
- How to call on dignitaries
- How to handle a precious speaker or entertainer
- How to handle a troublesome audience
- How to know when to speak and not to speak
- What you need to know before an event
- How not to waste your precious time
- What to do when the audio or powerpoint malfunctions
- What to do when you event falls apart
- Who you need to talk to before an event starts
- Know who you can choose at random
- How to interview a guest or a star
- How to auctioneer an item for charity
- How to tell a joke
- How to calm a nervous guest or speaker
- Understanding your comfort zone and knowing how to say “no”
- How to earn money from emceeing
- How to promote yourself and your business
- How to start and finish on time
- How to rehearse – and why we do it.
- How to create mind maps
The Pros and Cons of Powerpoints
Powerpoint presentations can make or break your presentation. A powerpoint is there to assist you not take over the whole show. Used the wrong way you will lose your audience. Pat introduces valuable techniques on how to create and execute your powerpoint.
Why the microphone distance and projecting your voice is important
As a presenter (with or without a microphone) your audience will expect that you can present. Once you know basic microphone techniques and are able to project your voice your confidence will lift. Throughout the workshop you will learn how to overcome presentation challenges with some simple, tried and tested ideas.
Why this Presentation Course is Beneficial
People from all walks of life have benefited from this course. Many are already working professionally and want to “sharpen the saw”. Others know it will help in their chosen work and charity fields. And some just like a day of networking with like minded people. This one-day workshop gives you the basics on how to present well – it won’t change your voice or make you feel uncomfortable – but it will put you on the right path. Some who have done this workshop include:
- Professional speakers and presenters
- Marriage and Funeral Celebrants
- Business leaders and community leaders
- And many people wanting to overcome nerves in front of an audience
Workshop Feedback – what students said:-
- The Presentation course was informative and clear and exactly as described. Excellent attention to detail, with variety of teaching techniques and helpful personal coaching.
- The ease and camaraderie that was established amongst the participants.
- Down to earth and experienced advice on the topic.
- Captain Pat’s experience…
- I enjoyed watching how different people presented their topics and learnt most about overcoming fear. Everybody has fears.
- The opportunity to expand and grow my skills
- Networking and having skills reinforced
Each workshop has a maximum of ten participants.This gives each person a chance to present a few times each. This is hands on training – you will be presenting to other course members. And at the end of the day you will have a swag of valuable tools to help you on your next presentation. And you’ll present like a professional.
Pat is a professional presenter and will share examples from his decades of experience – both the good and the bad. His journey over three countries has been him emcee many different types of events – including fundraisers, anniversaries, balls, car rallies, weddings, funerals and more. His audiences have included royalty, prime ministers, politicians, celebrities, journalists, senior citizens, mums, dads and kids. His smallest live gig was 3 and his largest 20,000. He is also an experienced radio and television presenter. Pat’s television program “Talk of the Town” (Thailand) ran daily for nine years with an average audience of one million viewers. It has just finished a four year in Burma. Pat also broadcasts his own interview style program on c91.3 fm, part of the WIN Television network. Pat also taught public speaking at Mahachulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Louise and Jane Marsden are lesbian and share stories of their growing up in Campbelltown in the 50’s and 60’s. Of the six siblings in the family three are gay – John passed away in 2006. Interviewed by Captain Pat on c91.3 as part of the on going support many in the media share for lesbians and gay fighting for same sex equality in Australia. Recorded on July 26th 2015.
Ashley Conception was the keynote speaker at the Lifeline Macarthur Annual Ball. Her story was heart wrenching – but she shared her hope. Her cousin Salvador Cordero-Derza took his own life. Ashley nearly did the same.
She called a stranger at Lifeline for help – that person saved her life. She dialed 13 11 14 (Australia).
Gale Collins bought the Black Queen in Lightning Ridge over a decade ago. And what a journey it has taken her on.
Gale originally from the US was leading a normal life with her husband and looking forward to retirement after a career in design. They went north on long service holidays. The journey Cobbitty to Cairns. But a friend suggested they visit the Black Queen in Lightning Ridge on route. Gale was horrified when she saw the town – in fact, she thought it was disgusting and wondered why anyone would want to live there.
Gale Collins – Serendipity or Mystical?
Joan Collins a breast cancer survivor who built the Black Queen invited Gale and her husband inside. Gale stood in the Black Queen and froze. Since she was 19 she had been having a recurring dream – now she was standing in that dream. Her dreams took her to a place full of coloured circles and patterns. And right there and then Gale was standing in a room filled with coloured circles and patterns.The Black Queen was built from 14,000 bottles – and the reflections and patterns send Gale into a frenzy. She bought the place immediately – her husband thought she was mad.
The Black Queen – Back to Life
Together they refurbished the place that had gone into disrepair. The white ants had wanted full control – but were soon evicted.
Gale Collins is a person who does things. So Gale and Roger left work and put their energies into creating something with the Black Queen. Today it is a major tourist attraction. And why?
Gale wrote a play. She was not a playwright. But she scribed three acts. Two acts are about Joan’s journey building the Black Queen. And the third is about the old bottles they have collected – some over 4,000 years old.
Gale started acting. She was not an actor. But created a routine. And for six months in the winter she performs the play and tells the story. Some say the spirit of Joan takes over and leads you on her journey.
One Decision – Many Journeys
Gale and Roger never made it to Cairns. Gale drove Joan back to Sydney. Roger drove their car back to Sydney. And their whole new adventure started.
Joan passed on a few years later. Knowing that her Black Queen had taken a new lease on life. Thanks to Gale Collins.
You may have passed Sarah Allen in the street and not given her a glance. She is your average teenager with an infectious smile. But that wasn’t why I asked her to come into the studio for an interview. She had 56 million hits on her youtube video – Girl with a Funny Talent.
Some time ago a video of mine had jumped ten thousand youtube hits in a week and I was quite excited. It is called – Secrets to Hanging the Wash Correctly. The local paper did a story and I was quite beside myself.
Until I met Sarah and was quickly brought back to earth. I held my head in shame at only have 55k hits to her 55 Million.
How 36 Seconds made Sarah Allen a Worldwide Star
Young Sarah Allen had seen a television commercial where a girl moved her eyebrows in a strange way. That commercial has special effects to make it work. But Sarah practiced in the mirror until she mastered the art. A friend did a video and put it up on his account. It was shot in a local library and went for 36 seconds. Just a fun thing. Then it started climbing. And climbing.
Sarah says the music in the background (copyright) prevents them from making money. Here is the radio interview with Sarah.
The Music Career of Sarah Allen
Sarah has appeared on Australia’s Got Talent with a few friends and is studying at JMA. She also has a manager who took her to Japan to appear on a program “Unbelievable”.
Sarah Allen’s future looks pretty bright. She’s writing, recording, acting and ferociously making youtube videos – she knows the value of PR.
Here is her official youtube channel.
Roxana and her daughter Mon believe in themselves. I’m not talking about the fairy tale kind. They are a Mother and Daughter who have known hardship and have driven themselves to success.
In the 1980’s they fled Iran and lived as refugees in India. They eventually arrived in Australia. For generations Roxana’s family had excelled in beauty care and those secrets arrived with them. They had no English language skills or money. Roxana started her business from a rented room in Fairfield, Western Sydney.
They eventually bought a small shop in Campbelltown. Most thought they were crazy as Campbelltown was seen as the backwoods and definitely not a place to start a beauty business. They created Roxana Pourali Celebrity Beauty. Here is a link to their website.
When Mon shared with friends that the Roxana Pourali business would become a magnet for celebrities they thought she had gone completely mad.
Paula Abdul visits Roxana Pourali
One of their clients Paula Abdul asked the driver to take her to Roxana Pourali in Campbelltown. He smiled and said: “I think you mean Camperdown”, which is very close to the heart of Sydney. She politely told him it was Campbelltown.
Roxana and her daughter were once refugees. But their passion and belief has taken them from nothing to a thriving business. Their ingredients for success are something we cannot buy – passion, love and sheer determination.
I hope you enjoy the interview with Roxana and Mon from Roxana Pourali.
A good voice over script is one that is polished and easy to read. And, of course, easy for your audience to understand.
When creating a script you really need to answer this simple question – “what is the desired response by those seeing or hearing my communication?” Once you know that you can create your script accordingly. I would also suggest completing a communication brief so everyone is on the same page. Leading with creative thinking before the structure is right creates nightmares later on.
Unfortunately many technical based scripts are understood by the client and their team only – but not the target. That is why a scriptwriter is very important. They write more than words – they create copy that people can understand and therefore much more believable.
In the studio the talent should be told what the script is about. The feeling of the read and the desired outcome of the communication. A professional voice over artist can then use their imagination to bring the script to life.
How to Create a Voice Over Script
Go back to the basics – whether it is a television or radio ad, documentary or company profile. Who, what, where, why and how. Start by creating a communication brief. This should be done long before any words are written. You’ll need to know:
- Communications Objective (Main idea you want to convey – Moore Used Parts are open )
- Business Objective ((What anticipated impact – an increase in visitors to Moore Parts)
- Target Audience (Who are you trying to reach – cost conscious car dealers and public)
- Action required (What do you want the target to do after seeing/hearing your communication – get quotes from Moore Parts Plus)
- USP/Benefit (What is the main benefit for the target – pay less/save money)
- Support (Other support the key benefit – 6 month, 25,000 kilometer warranty)
- Mandatories (What must be included – Telephone 13-Used )
- Timing (Deadlines)
- Sign Off (All parties agree on this)
Here is an example of a radio spot that answers the above brief. I wrote and also presented some of the voices on this radio spot some years ago.
What Font is Best?
Throughout my decades of voice work I have seen the best and worst. The best is Georgia 14 Point and Double Spaced. The font is easy to read, is large enough and the spacing allow your eyes to move from one line to the next easily.
Georgia 14 Point Double Spaced is also great if you are presenting live.
I have arrived in studios and been given scripts in Arial 10 Point Single Spaced – and the page is full of typing. It is very hard to read and there is no room to make notes. By the end of the reading the script looks like a dog’s dinner and I’m exhausted.
Timing – Words per Minute
The number of words per minute depends on what the communication is about. A documentary on lovely gardens would probably be a slower read – whereas a clearance sale would be a fast read.
As a young copywriter I over-wrote my 30 second script – and I only discovered this in the recording studio. The client understood and agreed to making the scripts 45 seconds long rather than cut the copy. The media department were not happy with me as the complete media schedule had to be re-written. I only made this mistake once.
- Fast Read – 240 words per minute
- Average Read – 180 words per minute
- Slower Read – 60 words per minute
Some clients will insist in putting in as many words as possible – they want to utilize as much of the timing they have paid. Money wasted. The audience won’t understand and will switch off.
Translating Voice Over Scripts to English
If English is your second language you may have translated your script and now have a back translation – your objective is to get the script polished and flowing before it goes to the studio. But don’t just ask any native English speaker to fix it though. You need to tread carefully as most native English speakers are not copywriters. In fact most native English speakers have little experience in scriptwriting. I would be wary of just hiring anyone to perfect my script.
Suggestion: Let your best translator work with the English scriptwriter together. It saves time and two heads working in unison are better than one.
What if the Script is Poor?
Now, discretion being the better part of valour. I will ask the client would it be possible if I could change a few words to make it flow better. If they look confused I explain that perfect grammar might look excellent on paper but sound needs to flow – and sometimes we break the rules a little. They are normally very accommodating. Whatever you do don’t rubbish the script – you never know who wrote it, and they might be present.
If your voice over script is a very poor back translation. You need to talk with the client and take some time out to fix. Usually two heads working together can fix the copy. And they are very appreciative. Be nice – and you’ll get more jobs.