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 061 — Prewire and Bad Boss Advice

  2-Minute Tip: Prewire your big meetings   I first learned about the idea of Prewiring a meeting from the folks at Manager Tool. Check out their podcast for a deeper discussion. I also talked about it in the early days of this 2-Minute Talk Tips in Episode 7 (Empty Your Pockets and Prepare Your Audience).   Basically, to prewire your audience before a big proposal, meet with your stakeholders…

Episode 055– Slide are not Time and Talk Less, Say More

  2-Minute Tip: Slides are not Time   How many slides should be in a 15-minute presentation?   How long is a 10-slide presentation?   I don’t know because the number of slides is a poor proxy for presentation length. I would rather see a presenter add more slides than to use a small font. Splitting one slide into multiple slides doesn’t lengthen your presentation. It just makes content more legible….

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 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 037 — Be Thankful and Structure Your Talk

[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5966693/height/0/width/0/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”” width=”” placement=”bottom” theme=””] 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…