Episode 109 — Failing to Success with Amy Lyle

  2-Minute Tip: Challenge the Audience to Discover Truth   Immediately challenge the audience to discover a truth about themselves that proves the premise of your talk. If the group knows that you have an appreciation or understanding of their personal (or business) situation, they will engage. As a bonus, make them laugh within the first 30 seconds. Post Tip Discussion: Meet Amy Lyle   I always enjoy to talking…

Episode 104 — Speaking, Sales, and Improv with Stuart Rice

    2-Minute Tip: Don’t Squander Water Cooler Talk   After winning or losing a big sale in a store there’s tendency to brag or vent to colleagues around a literal or metaphorical water cooler. It happens after a big talk, too. We celebrate the brilliance or decry the stupidity of an audience.   Don’t.   It’s not effective. It won’t help you win or save more sales in the…

Episode 103 — Brandin’, Buildin’, and Boomin’ with Joe Apfelbaum

  2-Minute Tip: Practice   To be successful, there is no substitution for preparation. Practice. Rehearse. Prepare. And then practice some more.   When you see speakers who make it look easy — who effortlessly string together words and phrases and jokes and more — it’s usually not off the cuff. It’s because they’ve practiced. Put in the time and know your stuff cold so that you can come up…

Episode 092 — Greet Your Audience and Meet Dave Jackson

      2-Minute Tip: Greet Your Audience   A lot of speakers pace back stage or pound coffee or try to deal with nerves in other ways before going out to speak.   Instead, go out into the audience as folks are arriving, and greet audience members. Have a brief chat to get to know folks. This accomplishes a few things.   It gives you something to do and…

Episode 087 — Choose Your Headline and Meet Scott Charlston

  2-Minute Tip: Choose Your Headline   As you frame your talk, make sure you choose the headline for it.  Flip through a newspaper or magazine and look at the headlines. Their job is to give you a little bit of information in a way that is compelling enough that you want to read more. They have to be short. They can be funny, But when you define the headlines…

Episode 041 — Listen Actively and Apply the ADDIE Model to Public Speaking

  2-Minute Tip: Listen Actively     Speaking is about more than just giving a speech. It’s about meeting the needs of the event organizer, getting the logistics right, and helping to put everyone at ease. One way to do that is with active listening.   When meeting with your event organizer, customer, colleague or SME, there are some things you can do to help everything run smoothly.   Look…