Episode 050 — Do Q&A Before Your Conclusion and Practice Gestures

2-Minute Tip: Conduct Q&A Before Your Conclusion   Many speakers go through their entire talk, and then open things up for questions. This is a mistake. You will be more effective if you take question before you launch into your conclusion.   The end of your speech is a golden time. It’s the last the audience will hear before they go out into the world. Since its the last thing,…

Episode 049 — Restrict Your Practice Time and My Content Process

  2-Minute Tip: Restrict Your Practice Time   Two of the biggest sins of public speakers are going overtime and rambling. Both disrespect the audience, When you go 5 minutes over, you’re not just taking 5 minutes. You’re taking 5 minutes from everyone in the room. If there are 20 people in the room, you’ve actually taken 100 minutes in total.   To address both these issues, restrict your rehearsal…

Episode 048 — Keep Your Shirt Off and Understand Criteria

    2-Minute Tip: Keep Your Shirt Off   Breakfast is the most important meal of the day (if you believe “Big Breakfast”). When travelling to give a talk, we may start the day with room service breakfast in a hotel room while we putter about getting ready for the day. That makes it really easy to spill coffee or jelly on your presentation outfit if you get fully dressed…