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…

Episode 065 — Close to Open and Presentation Translator

  2-Minute Tip: Close to Open   In retail, management coaches employees to Close to Open. That means to get the store clean, stocked and signed at closing time so it’s ready to open up the next day and get right to business.   If you are doing a series of presentations, you can do “Future You” a big favor by taking the same approach. Close to open.   That…

Episode 064 — Talking Points and Don’t care

2-Minute Tip: Prepare Talking Points   It’s one thing to plan your presentation when you are leading the discussion. It’s another when you’re not. During informal presentations like interviews and panel discussions you may not be driving the whole discussion. That’s why you need to prepare talking points ahead of time and review them before the talk.   Pick 2-3 key points you want to make during your limited time….

Episode 063 — PowerPoint Online Photos and 6 Observations

2-Minute Tip: Use PowerPoint Online Photos   PowerPoint has some great tools for sourcing images online. In the version for Windows that comes as part of Office 365 (and possibly other versions), PowerPoint content layout frames include an option to insert online images. If you are working without layouts, you can reach this same function through the Insert menu.                      …

Episode 062 — Tell A Story to Add Value and Meet Iszi Lawrence

2-Minute Tip: Tell a Story to Add Value   When presenting, we are often selling something. It may be a product, a service, or an idea. To be effective, though, don’t just go through a barrage of features or details. It’s the story that you can connect with your topic that gives it value. It’s the story you tell that your audience will respond to and remember.   It’s the…

Episode 061 — Prewire and Bad Boss Advice

  2-Minute Tip: Prewire your big meetings   I first learned about the idea of Prewiring a meeting from the folks at Manager Tool. Check out their podcast for a deeper discussion. I also talked about it in the early days of this 2-Minute Talk Tips in Episode 7 (Empty Your Pockets and Prepare Your Audience).   Basically, to prewire your audience before a big proposal, meet with your stakeholders…

Episode 060 — Assume Your Screen Shows and More Thoughts on Storytelling

2-Minute Tip: Always Assume Your Screen is Showing   I think we’ve all been in that meeting at one point where someone’s PC is connected to the projector and suddenly an embarrassing IM pops up. Or the meeting gets derailed by a 5-minute discussion about they’re wallpaper.   There are lots of notifications that popup on our devices — meeting reminders, email previews, Skype notices, Windows 10 Action Center updates,…

Episode 059 — Believe Them and 8 Questions to Ask After Your Talk

    2-Minute Tip: Believe Them   When your audience members tell you that you did a good job, believe them.   In our zeal to be the best we can be, many speakers have an inaccurate and often negative view of our own performances. Often we see how it could have been better. Or we notice a mistake no one in the audience did. We can obsess over those…

Episode 058 — Schedule Practice and 3 Myths and 1 Mindset for Nervous Speakers

  < 2-Minute Tip: Schedule Your Practice   We mean well. We put “practice” and “rehearse” on our To Do lists. Unfortunately, that often gets bumped by other, more urgent matters. Or meetings get scheduled in our open blocks of time.   That’s why it’s important to schedule practice time on your calendar. Set up a meeting with yourself to rehearse. Reserve a conference room if you don’t have a…