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…