Episode 024 — Take More Pictures and the Story of my Hiatus

  2 Minute Tip: Take More Pictures   Images are often better than text in PowerPoint Slides. You can use them to support a point you are talking about, to make an analogy, or to make a humorous aside. But how do you get this pictures? The best source can be your own photo library — if you have enough pictures in it. You already own the rights to those…

New Episodes Return on August 22, 2017

Hi, all —   I appreciate everyone who has stuck around while the podcast has been on an unscheduled hiatus. I had an unexpected medical emergency in the beginning of June and had to put everything else on hold while I focused on my recovery.   I’ll share more details about what happened and the lessons I learned and relearned when the podcast resumes on August 22.   Until the, don’t…

Episode 023 — Memorize Your Intro and Learn from Lincoln

  2 Minute Tip: Memorize Your Intro   Think back to a recent presentation you saw. Do you remember how it started? What do you remember about the speaker’s effectiveness?  Do you remember more about the beginning of the presentation or the middle of it?  The first 2-3 minutes of a presentation are critical. That’s when you have to hook your audience so they’ll join you for the rest of…

Episode 022 — Where Can We Learn More and Manage Audience Expectations

2 Minute Tip: Where Can We Learn More?   It’s highly unlikely any of us as speakers will be in a situation where someone wants us to tell them absolutely everything we know, along with the background on all those details and to do it in one super long session. They may still want the information; they just don’t want to sit through it all and neither do I. To make…

Episode 021 — Call To Action and Prepare for Losing a Laptop

  2 Minute Tip: Use a Call To Action   If you’ve ever left a meeting and wondered, “What now?” the speaker probably did not use a Call To Action. The Call To Action tells the audience what the speaker would like it to do. That could include things like:   Take concrete steps Consider some new ideas Implement a plan Develop a plan Change its mind …and more.  …

Episode 020 — Practice without Slides and Deal with Writer’s Block

  2 Minute Tip: Practice without Slides   No matter how much we plan, things go wrong at times. When they do, we may not always have time to correct them. If your computer crashes while you’re in the middle of a presentation, would you be able to continue without using your slides?  It’s important to practice delivering your content without any slides so that if things go wrong, you…

Episode 019 — Bring an Extra Shirt and Use the Tools Available

  2 Minute Tip: Bring an Extra Shirt   Stuff happens as we go about life. We spill (and sadly waste) coffee. Our co workers spill things on us. We perspire more than we’d like. And, yet, we still need to stand up in front of a crowd and speak.  That’s why is so important to have a spare shirt in your office, car, or presentation bag. You never know…

Episode 018 — Do you Need that Animation and Speak Deliberately

  This Week’s Tip: Do you Need that Animation?   PowerPoint has lots of amazing animations and transitions. Unfortunately, many slide authors use too many of them. When a slide deck has too many animations it looks cheesy and amateurish.  It can also cause problems if you want to print slides or present via a webinar.  If you want to use transitions and animations in a slide deck, first ask,…

Episode 017 — Plan to Punt and How to Run a Panel

  This Week’s Tip: Plan to Punt   It would be great if speakers always got the amount of time they thought they would get when they arranged to speak. If they did, they could easily cover all the content in a well designed presentation. The problem is that often, the amount of time a speaker has will change at the last minute. To effectively manage your public speaking engagements,…

Episode 016 — Count Filler Words and Raise Your Energy

  This Week’s Tip: Count Filler Words   Filler words are the ums and ahhs and likes and verys of a speech. One or two are okay, but a bunch of them will annoy an audience. We usually say them while our brain tries to catch up with our mouth.   An effective speaker uses few of these since they don’t help the speaker. To get rid of them, you first…