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…

Episode 035 — Let the Audience React and Ancient Rhetoric Today

  2-Minute Tip: Let the Audience Respond   When you tell a joke, make a humorous aside, show an entertaining picture, or land a heavy or emotional point, it’s important to give your audience a chance to experience the emotions you’ve just inspired in them.   That means that while you plan your presentation, and your timing, you need to allow time to respect your audience’s reaction. Remember also that…

Episode 034 — Don’t Trust the Internet and Learn from Ghost Stories

  2-Minute Tip: Don’t Trust the Internet   There are many times it seems like a good idea to use the Internet in a presentation, but if you do, make sure you have a plan B. All sorts of things can go wrong. Your audience might take up all the bandwidth. Your presentation space may have poor coverage. You could encounter too much radio interference. These problems might not show…

Episode 033 — Dim the Lights and Read The Seven Strategies of Master Presenters

    2-Minute Tip:  Dim the Lights   The data projector/projector screen combo has been a mainstay of the AV setup in conference rooms for years, but it can still be hard to see the visuals.   Data projectors have gotten brighter over the years, yet they still benefit from less ambient light. They tend to have a long lifecycle which means there are a lot of older, dimmer projectors…

Episode 032 — Use Silence and 10 Parties to Think About

  2-Minute Tip: Use Silence   Everything we do as speakers communicates something to the audience — how we move, how we dress, how we gesture, how we speak, and how we don’t speak.   Silence is a powerful tool. A speaker can use silence to:   Emphasize a point Let your audience soak up information Give your audience a break Let the audience take notes Get more detailed answers…

Episode 031 — Prep 5 Questions and a Pair of Fives

  2-Minute Tip: Prepare 5 Questions   We all want an engaged audience. Sometimes that doesn’t happen. To deal with it, have a plan before you start. Instead of scrambling for ways to engage your crowd on the fly, choose 5 questions before you start that you know you can ask. It gives you a chance to engage a quiet group in a more confident way.   Post Tip Discussion:…