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…

Episode 024 — Take More Pictures and the Story of my Hiatus

  2 Minute Tip: Take More Pictures   Images are often better than text in PowerPoint Slides. You can use them to support a point you are talking about, to make an analogy, or to make a humorous aside. But how do you get this pictures? The best source can be your own photo library — if you have enough pictures in it. You already own the rights to those…