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…

Episode 042 — Top 10 Public Speaking Tips

  Top 10 Public Speaking Tips   As we wrap up 2017 and plunge headlong into 2018, we are also approaching the first anniversary of 2-Minute Talk Tips. Let’s take a look back at my favorite public speaking tips of the year. That’s right, it’s time for a clip show.  That also makes this a great episode to introduce someone to 2-Minute Talk Tips, or to form the basis of…

Episode 041 — Listen Actively and Apply the ADDIE Model to Public Speaking

  2-Minute Tip: Listen Actively     Speaking is about more than just giving a speech. It’s about meeting the needs of the event organizer, getting the logistics right, and helping to put everyone at ease. One way to do that is with active listening.   When meeting with your event organizer, customer, colleague or SME, there are some things you can do to help everything run smoothly.   Look…

Episode 040 — Practice in Real Shoes and Be a Great Audience Member

    2-Minute Tip: Practice in Real Shoes   When we have a  big presentation on the calendar, we may be tempted to pick up a new outfit and new shoes to feel all shiny and new, and to imbue us with more confidence. And that’s great. It’s also important, though, to practice in that new outfit.   If half way through the presentation, you discover those new shoes are…

Episode 039 — Skip the Gimmicks and Repeat Yourself

**Begin your Amazon Holiday shopping at the 2-Minute Talk Tips recommendation page.**   2-Minute Tip: Skip the Gimmicks   Original ideas in a presentation are fun, but don’t confuse originality with gimmickry. A gimmick is often more about the ego of the presenter who wants to show off how clever they are. It becomes more about the speaker’s ego and less about the message or the audience.   Post-Tip Discussion:…

Episode 038 — Watch for Keystone and Read Resonate

  2-Minute Tip: Watch for Keystone   No matter how pretty your slides, they won’t look good if your projector isn’t set up properly. One common issue with data projectors is keystoning. When instead of a rectangle on your screen, you find a trapezoid, you have a keystone issue. The bottom of the image is narrower than the top. This shape is called a keystone because the keystone in a…

Episode 037 — Be Thankful and Structure Your Talk

2-Minute Tip: Be Thankful   As we begin Thanksgiving week here in the US, it’s a good time to think about being thankful as speakers. And not just to the universe or deity(ies) of your choice. While speaki9ng may seem like a solitary activity where we are on stage or at the front of a conference room by ourselves, there are a lot of other people involved in our talks,…

Episode 036 — Let it Go and Road Trip!

2-Minute Tip: Let it Go   When things start to go wrong, our instinct is often to panic and make a split second decision to stop whatever is falling, crashing, or coming apart at the seams. Often this is the wrong instinct. Instead, let it go, take a moment to assess the situation, and then recover. When you can do this with confidence both you and your audience will be…