Tom Antion: Eulogy For a Friend

I was inspired to do this video and to help people learn to write a eulogy when my father passed away in July of 2000. This video will help you write a moving eulogy for your friend or someone elses..

At the time I didn’t know where to turn for help in writing a eulogy and I didn’t know the steps to take to make sure I did a good job. I needed a good example of a eulogy speech and a sample eulogy would have really helped me out. I looked at all the free eulogy websites and they were pretty much worthless.

I considered many structures and outlines for his eulogy and I also reviewed many other eulogies before I made my decision on what I would say with my funeral speech. My dad was a veteran and a pretty tough guy so I didn’t think a eulogy poem or eulogy song would be appropriate for him.

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Tom Antion: Asides

In the theater, an “aside” is something said to the audience that is not to be heard by the other actors. If the aside was delivered on a television sitcom, the actor would look right at the camera and talk to the viewers at home instead of talking to the other actors.

To a public speaker it means a temporary departure from the main theme or topic. If you get good at this technique, the audience will think you are a genius. The way it works is that you begin telling a story or delivering information on a certain topic. Then you go off on a tangent (aside) indirectly related to the main theme. When you have finished the aside, you pick up the main theme where you left off and keep right on going.

The audience may think you are lost or confused when you first leave the original topic, but when you return to the main line after the aside, they realize you are in total control. This is very impressive.

Great storytellers are able to take you down several auxiliary paths, but still move you along the main path from beginning to conclusion. I tell a story about some medical work I had done where the doctor said to me, “This will just pinch a little bit. ” This phrase sends me down a whole different path talking about how my dentist had said the same thing and then pushed the Novacaine needle up into my brain, twisted it around, and pulled it out. I then came back to the main line of the medical story until I got to the word gauze. This word sets off another tangential story about my mother ripping gauze off me. Then it is back to the main line again.

You can alert the audience of an upcoming aside by saying the word “incidentally” before you veer off the main path. Another good technique is to go to a different part of the stage when you do the aside. Get good at asides and you will add a new dimension to the way you tell your funny stories or deliver information.

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Tom Antion: Speaking Again In L.A.

Tom will be speaking in L.A. next weekend for Craig Duswalt’s “Rockstar” event:
When: March 19, 20, and 21, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010 : 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday, March 20, 2010 : 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sunday, March 21, 2010 : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where: Renaissance Hotel — Los Angeles Airport 9620 Airport Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90045
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Tom Antion: Making Traffic Driving Videos

Just watch a bunch of my short videos on You don’t need to watch my long ones. Just the short ones. It will give you ideas.

Here’s a simple formula for YouTube videos designed to drive people to your site (as opposed to videos where people are already on your site)

=> Hi I’m [insert name]

=> I know you’re here looking for information on [insert keyword]

=> Well you’ve come to the right place.

=> Add some of your credibility. Example: I’ve been working in the field of feng shui for 22 years…

=> Give them a tip.

=> For more great tips like this visit [insert your website and spell it out if necessary] where you can download [insert your freebie here]

=> I hope to see you at my site

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