Episode 074 — Use a Checklist and Thoughts on Crowd Size

2-Minute Tip: Use a Checklist Everyday, thousands of airline pilots around the world pull out the same task list them read hundred or thousands of times and it out loud to their colleague. Even though they have the whole thing memorized by now, they still refer back to that list to nearly guarantee they don’t forget anything. The consequences of failure are huge. Forgetting one thing can cost hundreds of…

Episode 073 — Connect with your Audience and Meet NursePreneur Catie Harris

  2-Minute Tip: Connect with your Audience Often you don’t need to adopt a high energy approach and dance around the stage. Focus instead on making a connection with your audience. Share stories. Help them see the things they have in common with you. That makes your presentation more credible and memorable.   Post Tip Discussion: Meet NursePreneur Catie Harris   I connected initially with Catie Harris through the work…

Episode 072 — Use a Big Face and How to Memorize a Speech

  2-Minute Tip   Much of the communication we have with folks is non-verbal, and facial expressions play a big part in that.   When we conduct a presentation, though, we lose much of that subtlety because we are further from our audience. Instead of 2 feet away we are 10 or 20 feet away. To make up for that, we need to use much bigger and more dramatic facial…

Episode 070 — Speak about your Fire and Meet Dr. Melissa Bird

    2-Minute Tip — Know the thing that lights you on fire   Melissa Bird explains that the key to success is to know what lights you on fire. When you know that fire and can speak to your passion, it becomes so much easier to let your voice through regardless of the audience size.     But how do you figure out what your fire is if you…

Episode 069 — 3 Tips and Meet Pradeepa Narayanaswamy

  2-Minute Tip: 3-Fer   This week’s tip comes from our special guest, Pradeepa Narayanaswamy and is a 3-pack of tips.   Wear comfortable clothes. That doesn’t necessarily mean loose. It means clothes in which you feel comfortable and powerful. Practice power poses and do vocal warm ups before going on stage. You can check out Amy Cuddy’s work for more details on poses. For vocal exercises, go ahead and…

Episode 068 — Raise Your Energy and Meet Melanie Childers

2-Minute Tip: Raise Your Energy   One of the most powerful things you can do to conduct an effective presentation is to raise your energy and dominate your stage. There are a lot of ways you can do that. You can channel your inner Lady Gaga or try running in place. Regardless of how you do it, a high energy level will put you in a position to let your…

Episode 067 — Poll the Audience and the Power of Limits

2-Minute Tip: Poll the Audience   A simple way to increase audience engagement and inter action is to poll the audience. Ask them if they’ve had some sort of experience, like dealing with a tough customer or a misunderstanding with a boss. You already know the answer (probably) so you can use that to lead right in to your next point.   When you poll the audience be sure to…

Episode 066 — Practice in the Shower and Meet Mario Porreca

  2-Minute Tip: Practice in the Shower   The shower can be a great place to practice your talk. It’s a comfortable, warm environment. You don’t need to pay too much attention to your other activities. You are less likely to be distracted by other folks and tasks. In general, the environment really helps you shift your mindset in a way that allows you to mentally prepare and visualize yourself…