Episode 029: Use a Lavalier and Learn from Star Trek: Discovery

2 Minute Tip: How to Use a Lavalier   A lavalier, or “lav,” is a small microphone a speaker will clip to their blouse, shirt, tie, collar, or jacket. That microphone usually connects to a battery pack/radio transmitter the speaker wears on their belt or waist. Usually the sound quality isn’t quite as good as a high quality hand held mic, but it can still be excellent. I like using…

Episode 028 — Confirm Value and Avoid Offensive Language

2 Minute Tip: Confirm Value At the end of a presentation, I like to ask the audience, “Was this helpful?” or “Was this valuable?”   Usually there is still a lot of energy in the room and folks will answer with an enthusiastic, “Yes!”   Obviously, this is great for my ego, but it also does a couple other things. It gives the audience members a chance to acknowledge their…

Episode 027 — Purge Stale Material and Introduce Yourself

    2 Minute Tip: Purge Stale Material   If you do a lot of public speaking, it’s likely you have some go-to lines or jokes that you like. Eventually the can stop resonating with your audience. Times change. Technology changes. Speakers grow and change. It’s important to periodically step back and maker sure your quips and comments are still relevant and getting the reaction you want. If they no…

Episode 026 — Bring Candy and Read Storytelling with Data

2 Minute Tip: Bring Candy   Fun-size candy bars, Hershey’s Miniatures, Jolly Ranchers, and other candies are great, inexpensive treats to bring for your audience. You can toss them out as little rewards and incentives for folks who participate. Despite the low cost, folks often become enthusiastic at the prospect of winning a little treat regardless of their income level. Use this to your advantage to increase audience engagement.  …