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….

Episode 004 — Cursor Keys and the Role of PowerPoint

This Week’s Tip: Use the Cursor Keys   When you are in slide show mode, you can navigate a PowerPoint slide deck by using the cursor keys. This makes it easier to navigate back and forth through your slides while speaking to a group.   Post Tip Discussion   We start by talking about the nature of PowerPoint. Many folks have learned to fear “Death by PowerPoint,” and they blame PowerPoint for…

Episode 003 — Skip the Opening Joke and Meet Jon Clarke

This Week’s Tip: Don’t Open with a Joke   Humor is tough, especially in business. Jokes need to relevant, non-offensive, and funny. If you’re a nervous speakers, trying to open with a joke just makes things more challenging than they need to be.   Post Tip Discussion   We have an interview with Jon Clarke. Jon is a freelance writing director and copywriter with nearly 20 years of experience in…

Episode 002 — Use a Timer and Prepare

This Week’s Tip: Use a Timer   Most presentations have a time limit, and exceeding that time limit is rude and ineffective. Finishing to soon can present other risks. While speaking or presenting, though, our internal clock is unreliable. Use a timer of some sort.   Post Tip Discussion   Preparation is the key to success in conducting a presentation. There are a lot of models for this, and I…