2 Minute Tip: Take More Pictures
Images are often better than text in PowerPoint Slides. You can use them to support a point you are talking about, to make an analogy, or to make a humorous aside. But how do you get this pictures? The best source can be your own photo library — if you have enough pictures in it. You already own the rights to those images. Your audience hasn’t seen them before. You have a personal connection to them.
The best way to grow your library is to take more pictures. It’s really that simple, Set a personal goal to take 5 pictures a day. Don’t try to take amazing pictures; focus on quantity. Photograph things you find interesting, funny, or unusual. Or even just things that make you think. You might not have a use for that image today, but it may find a home in a deck you build 2 years from now.
This week, I appear on Caffeinated Comics. I’m on the August 21 episode. You can find it in your favorite podcast app or on the Radio misfits Podcast Network.
This week, I launched a page of my recommendations. It’s a collection of Amazon links to public speaking resources, stroke recovery resources, and other neat stuff.
Post Tip Discussion: My Stroke Recovery and What Speakers Can Learn From It
On June 3, 2017, I broke my basal ganglia. I had a stroke and lost the use of my left arm and leg. I immediately put everything in life on hold and spent June and July focused on my recovery. Along the way, I learned a lot about biology, neuroplasticity, and the worlds of physical and occupational therapy.
In this episode, I talk about some of the lessons speakers can learn from this process.
- Tell personal stories.
- Understand your priorities
- Use caution on the road
- Relish the power of yet
Call To Action
- Know the symptoms of stroke and the fast analysis
- Make sure everyone in your household knows the symptoms and what to do if they observe them
- Know your numbers — BP, blood sugar, cholesterol etc. Get them from your Doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, get one
- Make the lifestyle changes you need to make to reduce your risk
- If something does go wrong, be it stroke, heart attack or something else, make the decision to get better
- When terrible things happen in life, try to find ways that you can extract some positive value from them
- Finally, no matter what, don’t get best. Get better.