Episode 082 — Act as If and Impostor Syndrome

2-Minute Tip: Act as If   When you are nervous, or think you don’t see,m confident, don’t tell yourself not to be nervous or just be more confident. That rarely works; it usually just makes things worse. Instead, think about other speakers you know who don’t appear nervous (they might actually be). How do the act? Can you adopt some of those behaviors? Try to act like you’re not nervous….

Episode 079 — Know You Can Do It and Meet Dr. Denise Vaughan

2-Minute Tip — Know You can do It   The first thing to know about a talk is that this IS something you can do. You can get out on stage. You can move around deliberately to make the points that you want to make. If you’re not comfortable with eye contact, that’s fine. You can come up with a solution.   But regardless of the challenges, go into it…

Episode 078 — Focus on Feeling and Meet Hilary Billings

2-Minute Tip: Focus on how you make your audience feel     Hilary tells us about her experience interviewing mega-star interviewer, host, and generally larger-than-life character Ryan Seacrest. It’s intimidating to talk to someone that big for the first time. An experience like that can overwhelm the content of the actual conversation. But when she described her experience, the main thing Ryan did was help her feel at ease. He…

Episode 070 — Speak about your Fire and Meet Dr. Melissa Bird

    2-Minute Tip — Know the thing that lights you on fire   Melissa Bird explains that the key to success is to know what lights you on fire. When you know that fire and can speak to your passion, it becomes so much easier to let your voice through regardless of the audience size.     But how do you figure out what your fire is if you…

Episode 059 — Believe Them and 8 Questions to Ask After Your Talk

    2-Minute Tip: Believe Them   When your audience members tell you that you did a good job, believe them.   In our zeal to be the best we can be, many speakers have an inaccurate and often negative view of our own performances. Often we see how it could have been better. Or we notice a mistake no one in the audience did. We can obsess over those…