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…