Episode 114 — Speaking, Training, and ROI with John Rohe

2-Minute Tip — Remove Filler Words Filler or crutch words are the bane of many a speaker’s existence. The ums, ahs, likes, verys, you knows, and more clutter up our talks and conversation so much we don’t even notice them. They waste time, annoy the audience and distract from your message. So get rid of them. Easier said than done. One technique is to have a friend or colleague listen…

Episode 113 — Servant Leadership with Lyle Tard

Most people don’t think of leadership in the military as serving those under your command. But then again, Air Force Technical Sergeant Lyle Tard isn’t most people. Join us this week as we talk about #PublicSpeaking, training in the #Military, and the importance Servant Leadership.

Episode 112 — Caring, Connection, and Touch with Richard Kauffman

2-Minute Tip: Caring is key People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. As with so many strategies for success in speaking, it often comes down to the audience. How well do you know them? How well do you connect with them? Most importantly, do they trust you? Try to connect with the audience and make them feel you care and are listening to…

Episode 111 — Theater Meets Public Speaking with Julia Wojnar

  2-Minute Tip: Identify Your Biggest Take Away   To deliver an effective presentation, first identify the biggest take away for the audience. If they remember only one thing, this is the thing it should be.   To figure that out, start by doing a brain dump on a piece of paper or whiteboard. Then go through all theses random ideas that are in someway related to your topic. What…

Episode 110 — Starting in the Deep End

  2-Minute Tip: Build a Team   Sometimes to get better, you may need help, and that’s okay. Hire a coach. Join Toastmasters. Ask a friend or colleague. Take an online course. Take a traditional course. Read a book. Subscribe to a podcast about public speaking   Or do all of the above. Or some combination of them.   The point is you can build expertise, or at the very…

Episode 109 — Failing to Success with Amy Lyle

  2-Minute Tip: Challenge the Audience to Discover Truth   Immediately challenge the audience to discover a truth about themselves that proves the premise of your talk. If the group knows that you have an appreciation or understanding of their personal (or business) situation, they will engage. As a bonus, make them laugh within the first 30 seconds. Post Tip Discussion: Meet Amy Lyle   I always enjoy to talking…

Episode 108 — Digital Marketing Meets Public Speaking

    2-Minute Tip: You Know Your Stuff   Experienced speakers still feel anxiety and nerves before getting on stage, but there are a couple thing you can remind yourself of before you start speaking.   First, you know your stuff. The reason you earned that stage is that you are a subject matter expert (SME). You’re likely speaking about your work or your passion. Or you’re presenting material you’ve…

Episode 107 — Purpose in the Palm of Your Hand

    2-Minute Tip: Don’t Memorize   Memorizing your speech is generally a bad idea. You want to internalize it, not memorize it.   There are 3 main problems with memorizing your talk.   First, it’s a lot more nerve wracking. Second, if you forget a part you’re more likely to get stuck and freeze. Third, your audience wants you to be real.   You want to practice and prepare…

Episode 106 — A Life of Learning and Colorful Shirts with Richard Flint

  2-Minute Tip: Create a Presence   Live everyday to create a presence that has presence when you’re not present.   As a speaker, in order for your message to have impact, it has to be something that sticks with your audience when you are not there. You can do that by being a powerful, memorable speaker.   But that’s not the only way.   Give clear guidance. Develop a…

Episode 105 — How Tantric Dating can make YOU a Better Speaker! (Not Really)

      2-Minute Tip: Use Click Bait-ey Titles   When you need a title for your talk, take a lesson from all those click-bait titles you see on Facebook and other social platforms. Make it short, compelling, and maybe a little edgy.   When you promise a talk with the “5 Secrets to Successful Penguin Petting,” you also have a built-in structure for your talk that will keep you…