Episode 14 — Manage your Handouts and 12 Webinar Tips

  This Week’s Tip: Manage your Handouts   In many presentations, a speaker will start introducing themselves at the beginning and immediately start passing out handouts. The audience then begins reading those handouts during one of the most important parts of the presentation – the part where the speaker sets the tone for the rest of the session.   Instead of doing that, pass out handouts only when they are…

Episode 13 — Sit in Back and The Fear of Public Speaking

This week’s Tip: Sit in the back of the room   Before you start your presentation, and before your audience enters the room, display your most complex slide, and sit in the back row.  Then sit in a few other places in the room. Your goal is to make sure you can see and read your slides from all points in the audience. You actually need to sit in the…

Episode 012 — Repeat the Question and What I Saw on a Cruise

  This Week’s Tip: Repeat the Question   When an audience member asks a question during a presentation, be sure to repeat that question. There are several reasons to do this: To make sure everyone hears it To confirm the question To summarize the question To make it easier to answer   When you do this, your session is more efficient since the audience won’t have to ask you to…

Episode 011 — Record Yourself and Tim Garber (Part 2)

This Week’s Tip: Record Yourself   When you record your practice sessions or presentations, you give yourself a powerful tool for professional growth.   When you’re in the middle of a presentation, you have a bunch of important things to focus on. Number 1 of course is your audience. Plus you can’t hear or see yourself the way your audience does. The physics of human anatomy simply make that impossible….

Episode 010 — Parallel Structure and Tim Garber (Part 1)

This Week’s Tip: Use Parallel Structure Parallel Structure is a term most often associated with writing, and it’s a powerful tool for a presenter who wants to land a powerful message. We see it in famous speeches from world leaders. It’s embedded in the Declaration of Independence. And it’s a way that any speaker can more effectively land their points.   When you use parallel structure in a talk: You…

Episode 009 — No Eye Charts and Manage Your Q&A

This Week’s Tip: No Eye Charts   Eye charts are presentation slides will small text, lots of numbers, and/or detailed charts. They might look okay on the presenter’s desk, but to the audience, they are illegible. A presenter will often apologize for the eye chart and simple state the point they want to make. The better option is not to use illegible slides at all. If the audience can’t read…

Episode 008 — Avoid the G-Word and Fill Your Bag

This Week’s Tip: Avoid the G-Word Many speakers have picked up the bad habit of referring to a mixed-gender audience as, “You guys…”  Don’t do it. There’s not benefit to it.  You risk alienating a significant part of your audience, and you get nothing in return.  Using the G-Word can only make you less effective as a speaker. Post Tip Discussion: Fill Your Bag It’s important to carry all the…

Episode 007 — Empty Your Pockets and Prepare Your Audience

This Week’s Tip: Empty Your Pockets We often fill our pockets with gadgets and wallets and keys and lint. Before speaking, take all that stuff out of your pockets, and stash it in your bag, desk, best friend’s pockets or someplace else. Speaking with full pockets simply invites distractions that you don’t need. Post Tip Discussion: Prepare and Prewire Your Audience Communication is the process by which shared meaning is…

Episode 006 — Beam Management and Credibility

This Week’s Tip: Manage your Beam If you conduct a PowerPoint slide show through a data projector, you are likely shining a beam at a screen or wall. You need to be conscious of that beam while you speak so you don’t block it, stare into it, or distract your audience. It’s also important to make sure nothing unintentionally casts a shadow on the screen. You can use the “B” key on…

Episode 005 — Arriving the Day Before and a review of “Talk Like TED” by Carmine Gallo

This Week’s Tip: Arrive the day before the event If a speaking engagement is important enough to travel for, it’s important enough to arrive the day before.  There are always unexpected challenges that can arise when you have an event planned, and throwing in air travel only multiples them. When you fly in the day before you give yourself the options and flexibility you need to deal with unforeseen circumstances….