Episode 045 — Know Your Gear and 5 Steps to Better Slides

    2-Minute Tip: Know Your Gear   Whether its a projector, TV, laptop, audio hookup, or slide clicker, get to know your gear before you conduct your presentation. Figure out in advance how everything works so you’re not scrambling at the last minute to figure out why something doesn’t work the way you thought it would. If there is a problem making something work, you want to know about…

Episode 044 — Party AFTER Your Talk and Learn From Oprah

  2-Minute Tip: Party AFTER Your Talk   At the Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globes Award Show, the alcohol flows freely. Many award recipients reach the podium under the influence, and that makes many of the speeches more entertaining. Of course we’re not laughing with the recipients; we’re laughing at them.  That’s in stark contrast to the powerful speech delivered by a seemingly sober Oprah Winfrey.   Alcohol at evening…

Episode 043 — Acknowledge your Elephants and Consider Necessary and Sufficient Conditions

2-Minute Tip: Acknowledge Your Elephants   An elephant in the room is a topic no one wants to talk about, but probably everyone should. They include: Equipment failure Fire alarm Falling flowers Folks who walk out Medical emergency Loud neighbors A blown lamp Major news event Major corporate news And more   As a speaker, it’s important to acknowledge them in an appropriate manner. If you don’t acknowledge them, the…