Episode 054 — Nose Contact and Slow is Smooth Smooth is Fast

    2-Minute Tip: Use Nose Contact   Using eye contact effectively is an important skill for speakers to master. It helps the audience feel that the speaker cares. It emphasizes how the speaker and audience members are all participating in a shared experience.  Looking at audience members’ eyes can be unnerving for some speakers, though.   The solution is nose contact. Instead of looking at the eyes of the…

Episode 049 — Restrict Your Practice Time and My Content Process

  2-Minute Tip: Restrict Your Practice Time   Two of the biggest sins of public speakers are going overtime and rambling. Both disrespect the audience, When you go 5 minutes over, you’re not just taking 5 minutes. You’re taking 5 minutes from everyone in the room. If there are 20 people in the room, you’ve actually taken 100 minutes in total.   To address both these issues, restrict your rehearsal…

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 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…