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Oct 17, 2017


2-Minute Tip: Use Silence

  Everything we do as speakers communicates something to the audience -- how we move, how we dress, how we gesture, how we speak, and how we don't speak.   Silence is a powerful tool. A speaker can use silence to:  

  • Emphasize a point
  • Let your audience soak up information
  • Give your audience a...

Oct 10, 2017


2-Minute Tip: Prepare 5 Questions

  We all want an engaged audience. Sometimes that doesn't happen. To deal with it, have a plan before you start. Instead of scrambling for ways to engage your crowd on the fly, choose 5 questions before you start that you know you can ask. It gives you a chance to engage a quiet group...

Oct 3, 2017


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.  


Sep 25, 2017

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...

Sep 19, 2017

2 Minute Tip: Confirm Value

At the end of a presentation, I like to ask the audience, "Was this helpful?" or "Was this valuable?"   Usually there is still a lot of energy in the room and folks will answer with an enthusiastic, "Yes!"   Obviously, this is great for my ego, but it also does a couple other things. It gives...