Episode 104 — Speaking, Sales, and Improv with Stuart Rice

    2-Minute Tip: Don’t Squander Water Cooler Talk   After winning or losing a big sale in a store there’s tendency to brag or vent to colleagues around a literal or metaphorical water cooler. It happens after a big talk, too. We celebrate the brilliance or decry the stupidity of an audience.   Don’t.   It’s not effective. It won’t help you win or save more sales in the…

Episode 103 — Brandin’, Buildin’, and Boomin’ with Joe Apfelbaum

  2-Minute Tip: Practice   To be successful, there is no substitution for preparation. Practice. Rehearse. Prepare. And then practice some more.   When you see speakers who make it look easy — who effortlessly string together words and phrases and jokes and more — it’s usually not off the cuff. It’s because they’ve practiced. Put in the time and know your stuff cold so that you can come up…

Episode 102 — Life Mapping with Tim Pahuta

  2-Minute Tip: Scientist-Philosopher-Author   To grow as a speaker, develop your path along 3 aspects. This is a framework you can use immediately to become more effective quickly.   You have to be a scientist, a philosopher, and an author.   Be a scientist and conduct experiments in your preparation and on stage. Figure out what works for you. What is the right level of energy? What gestures feel most…

Episode 101 — Vulnerability While Speaking With Sasha Laghonh

hjklb   2-Minute Tip: Seek out Vulnerability     Vulnerability can be a powerful element in your speaking. Being vulnerable doesn’t mean your weak. It’s about having the confidence to acknowledge how you can grow today and how you have grown in the past. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable helps the audience connect with the most human aspects of your nature. Post Tip Discussion   A lot of us got…

Episode 100 — Rock on with Pat Roque

hk     2-Minute Tip: Evaluate and Connect     Create a scoring sheet for your audience members, and ask them to complete in at the end of the talk. In the Learning and Development field, we call these smile sheets, and they are the first step in figuring out if training is effective.   In a speaking context, they can be a little different. One approach is to build…

Episode 099 — Be Authentic and Understand Temperament with Coach K

  2-Minute Tip: Be Authentic   Present in a way that is true to yourself. Your content needs to resonate with you first, or it won’t resonate with your audience. When you can share a message that you are on board with, you can convincingly tell your story and you have the best opportunity to move your audience to take the action you want them to take. And isn’t that…

Episode 098 — Skip the Welcome + Speaking & Preaching with Dylan Dodson

  2-Minute Tip — Tell a story to Open   The beginning of a talk is when you have the maximum audience attention. Don’t squander it welcomes, thank yous, and introductions. Instead, tell a story to engage your audience at the very start.   Think about a band coming out on stage. They don’t start with banter. They go right into a big opening number to get everyone excited for…

Episode 097 — Use a Take-Away and Meet Danielle Roberts

    2-Minute Tip: Increase Attendance Retention with a Take Away One challenge with webinars and live sessions is keeping folks around until the end, especially if the material is on the dry side. To help folks stick around, let them know that at the end you’ll have a give-away for them.   It could be something as simple as a collection of other resources or websites. Maybe it’s a…

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…