Episode 067 — Poll the Audience and the Power of Limits

2-Minute Tip: Poll the Audience   A simple way to increase audience engagement and inter action is to poll the audience. Ask them if they’ve had some sort of experience, like dealing with a tough customer or a misunderstanding with a boss. You already know the answer (probably) so you can use that to lead right in to your next point.   When you poll the audience be sure to…

Episode 066 — Practice in the Shower and Meet Mario Porreca

  2-Minute Tip: Practice in the Shower   The shower can be a great place to practice your talk. It’s a comfortable, warm environment. You don’t need to pay too much attention to your other activities. You are less likely to be distracted by other folks and tasks. In general, the environment really helps you shift your mindset in a way that allows you to mentally prepare and visualize yourself…

Episode 064 — Talking Points and Don’t care

2-Minute Tip: Prepare Talking Points   It’s one thing to plan your presentation when you are leading the discussion. It’s another when you’re not. During informal presentations like interviews and panel discussions you may not be driving the whole discussion. That’s why you need to prepare talking points ahead of time and review them before the talk.   Pick 2-3 key points you want to make during your limited time….

Episode 063 — PowerPoint Online Photos and 6 Observations

2-Minute Tip: Use PowerPoint Online Photos   PowerPoint has some great tools for sourcing images online. In the version for Windows that comes as part of Office 365 (and possibly other versions), PowerPoint content layout frames include an option to insert online images. If you are working without layouts, you can reach this same function through the Insert menu.                      …

Episode 062 — Tell A Story to Add Value and Meet Iszi Lawrence

2-Minute Tip: Tell a Story to Add Value   When presenting, we are often selling something. It may be a product, a service, or an idea. To be effective, though, don’t just go through a barrage of features or details. It’s the story that you can connect with your topic that gives it value. It’s the story you tell that your audience will respond to and remember.   It’s the…

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…

Episode 056 — Create a Desktop Folder and 7 Tips for Better Conclusions

    2-Minute Tip: Create a Folder   Many of us have thousands of files on our computers, in our clod drives, and attached to email messages. Getting to the right one can take some work. That’s fine when we are by ourselves and have a few moments to spare. During a presentation, or between presentations, it can be more challenging.   Sometimes we may need to drop out of…

Episode 051 — Event Forms and 5 More Deadly Sins of Public Speaking

2-Minute Tip: Use an Event Form   I used to travel from Seattle to Irvine, CA, quite a bit. It got to the point where I thought I knew where I was going down there. That was a false confidence. I began making wrong turns because I didn’t think I needed a map to help me. As we do more public speaking, we can easily make that same mistake. It’s…

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 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…