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 are prepared. As a side bonus, this helps you learn your material better. When you know your material better, you are more confident, and you can focus more on your audience. You won’t be distracted wondering which slide comes next.

 

Post Tip Discussion: Deal with your Writer’s Block

 
Writer’s block (or writers’ block depending on the exact context or mood of my Facebook friends) is something all content creators have to deal with at various times. This week, I talk about ten ways to deal with it:
 

  1. Go Small
  2. Use a picture
  3. Go back to your outline
  4. Pretend you are answering a question
  5. Try a different medium
  6. Engage your audience
  7. Write badly
  8. Take a nap
  9. Ask yourself if you’re done
  10. Once you break thru, keep going

 
One of my favorite techniques for dealing with my writer’s block comes from Robert Pirsig in “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.” When stumped about writing an essay about a street in a town, a character learns to write about just one brick in one building in that town and then move on to the next brick. It’s a powerful tool.
 

Call To Action:

 

  • Check out “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”
  • Share you favorite tips for dealing with your writer’s block in the comments below
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  • Practice without your slides
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