Episode 096 — Go the Extra Mile and Meet Shawn Anderson

  2-Minute Tip: Go the Extra Mile   To create the life you want, go the extra mile every day in 3 separate ways.   First, go the extra mile for your health. What can you do today to live a more healthful life that you might be inclined not to do? Is it eating less junk? Getting a little more exercise? Tending to a nagging health issue you’ve been…

Episode 095 — Eye Connection and Meet George Hendley

    2-Minute Tip: Make Eye Connection   Look them in the eye and make strong eye contact. It helps to make the audience feel more comfortable. To make that connection, though you need to hold the eye connection for 4-6 seconds. They will feel you are conversing with them rather than talking at them.   Pure Mind Magic   A few months back, German podcaster, magician, and mindset expert…

Episode 094 — Watch Yourself on Fast Forward and Speaker Resolutions for 2019

2-Minute Tip: Watch Yourself on Fast Forward   I met speaking coach and entrepreneur Emily Messner (AKA Sleevs) on the JoCo Cruise earlier this year and she told me about this tip.   Gestures are a complicated thing for many folks. Your gestures may or may not feel natural, but it’s hard to tell how they look. We’re not watching ourselves while we speak; we have higher priorities. So if…

Episode 093 — 18 Public Speaking Tips

    2018 has been a great year for 2-Minute Talk Tips, and I got to talk with some amazing people from around the world for the show, This week, I pull together the initial tip from each guest into a single episode. If you want to listen to the whole episode each tip came from or explore the guest’s background, click in the link below.   Episode  Guest Tip…

Episode 092 — Greet Your Audience and Meet Dave Jackson

      2-Minute Tip: Greet Your Audience   A lot of speakers pace back stage or pound coffee or try to deal with nerves in other ways before going out to speak.   Instead, go out into the audience as folks are arriving, and greet audience members. Have a brief chat to get to know folks. This accomplishes a few things.   It gives you something to do and…

Episode 091 — Describe your Audience and Meet Phillip Andrew

  2-Minute Tip: Describe your Audience   Back in 2008,  Best Buy described 4 personae who represented their target customers. The even started designing different stores to appeal to Buzz, Barry, Ray, or Jill. They had detailed descriptions for theses archetypes.   I’m not sure if it’s the best approach for a big-box retailer, but it can help your talks.   It’s important to understand your target audience. Start by…

Episode 090 — Get on Stage and Meet Donnie Boivin

  2-Minute Tip: Get on Stage More   Ultimately, the most important way to get better as a speaker is to speak more. Find more stages and get on them. Reach out to local clubs and service organizations who are always looking for speakers in your community. Theses gigs may not pay anything, but especially when you’re starting out as a professional speaker, you need to get in the stage…

Episode 089 — Practice in the Mirror and Meet Andrew “Mecha” Davis

  2-Minute Tip: Practice in a Mirror   The key to success on stage is to practice as much as you can. Prep by using a mirror to give yourself an audience to impress. And often the person in the mirror is the toughest to impress.   Practice with your notes at first, and get good enough so you don’t need them. Once you don’t need your notes, that means…

Episode 088 –Thank Your Host and Tips for Speakers at During the Holidays

  2-Minute Tip: Thank your Hosts   Putting together an event is a lot of work. Sometimes even putting together a short internal company meeting is a lot of work. Coordinating peoples’ schedules and even finding an available conference room is way more complicated than it ought to be. So thank your host for inviting you. They took care of logistics and are giving you the audience’s most valuable assets…

Episode 087 — Choose Your Headline and Meet Scott Charlston

  2-Minute Tip: Choose Your Headline   As you frame your talk, make sure you choose the headline for it.  Flip through a newspaper or magazine and look at the headlines. Their job is to give you a little bit of information in a way that is compelling enough that you want to read more. They have to be short. They can be funny, But when you define the headlines…