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…

Episode 015 — Face the Audience and Post-Event Reporting

This Week’s Tip: Face your Audience   It may seem obvious that the speaker should face the audience, but we’re probably all been in sessions where the speaker keeps turning  away from the audience to reach and watch their slides. Each time they advance the show, they turn their back to the audience again so they can read to their audience or just figure out what point to touch on…