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 060 — Assume Your Screen Shows and More Thoughts on Storytelling

2-Minute Tip: Always Assume Your Screen is Showing   I think we’ve all been in that meeting at one point where someone’s PC is connected to the projector and suddenly an embarrassing IM pops up. Or the meeting gets derailed by a 5-minute discussion about they’re wallpaper.   There are lots of notifications that popup on our devices — meeting reminders, email previews, Skype notices, Windows 10 Action Center updates,…

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 044 — Party AFTER Your Talk and Learn From Oprah

  2-Minute Tip: Party AFTER Your Talk   At the Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globes Award Show, the alcohol flows freely. Many award recipients reach the podium under the influence, and that makes many of the speeches more entertaining. Of course we’re not laughing with the recipients; we’re laughing at them.  That’s in stark contrast to the powerful speech delivered by a seemingly sober Oprah Winfrey.   Alcohol at evening…

Episode 038 — Watch for Keystone and Read Resonate

  2-Minute Tip: Watch for Keystone   No matter how pretty your slides, they won’t look good if your projector isn’t set up properly. One common issue with data projectors is keystoning. When instead of a rectangle on your screen, you find a trapezoid, you have a keystone issue. The bottom of the image is narrower than the top. This shape is called a keystone because the keystone in a…

Episode 033 — Dim the Lights and Read The Seven Strategies of Master Presenters

    2-Minute Tip:  Dim the Lights   The data projector/projector screen combo has been a mainstay of the AV setup in conference rooms for years, but it can still be hard to see the visuals.   Data projectors have gotten brighter over the years, yet they still benefit from less ambient light. They tend to have a long lifecycle which means there are a lot of older, dimmer projectors…

Episode 030 — Say Thanks and Building a Talk

  2 Minute Tip: Say Thanks   When we conduct a successful presentation, audience members will often give us a compliment. When they do that, say, “Thanks. I appreciate that.”   Don’t tell them they’re wrong, and don’t deflect the compliment. Simply accept it with grace and thank them for their kind words.   Program Notes   2-Minute Talk Tips now has a Facebook Page. You can like us and…

Episode 029 — Use a Lavalier and Learn from Star Trek: Discovery

2 Minute Tip: How to Use a Lavalier   A lavalier, or “lav,” is a small microphone a speaker will clip to their blouse, shirt, tie, collar, or jacket. That microphone usually connects to a battery pack/radio transmitter the speaker wears on their belt or waist. Usually the sound quality isn’t quite as good as a high quality hand held mic, but it can still be excellent. I like using…

Episode 026 — Bring Candy and Read Storytelling with Data

2 Minute Tip: Bring Candy   Fun-size candy bars, Hershey’s Miniatures, Jolly Ranchers, and other candies are great, inexpensive treats to bring for your audience. You can toss them out as little rewards and incentives for folks who participate. Despite the low cost, folks often become enthusiastic at the prospect of winning a little treat regardless of their income level. Use this to your advantage to increase audience engagement.  …

Episode 025 — Sit up Straight and Tell a Story

  2 Minute Tip: Sit Up Straight   Generally it’s best to stand while you speak. If you’re running a webinar, presenting on a conference call, or going through a phone screen interview for a new job, st6anding may not be feasible. In that case, it’s important to sit up straight, just like your kindergarten teacher told you.   When you slouch or lean back in your chair, it changes…