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…

Episode 047 — Keep Tissues Handy and Lessons from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    2-Minute Tip: Keep Tissues Handy   Sneezing in the middle of a presentation can be either mildly annoying or quite embarrassing. It all depends on whether or not you have tissues readily accessible during your talk.   Tissues are also great for dealing with perspiration while you speak. Dripping on the carpet isn’t a good look for anyone.   Everything thing from a cold to allergies to hot…

Episode 046 — Play Your Videos Full Screen and 10 Steps to Presenting Someone Else’s Material

  2-Minute Tip: Play Your Videos Full Screen   Including short videos in your presentation can be a great way to illustrate your points. They can be videos you shot of people, stock video, animations, or illustrations. If it’s valuable enough to include, make sure your audience can see it. Play it in full screen.   The default for PowerPoint when you embed a video is for it to appear…

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…