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 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 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 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…