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Jun 19, 2018

2-Minute Tip: Poll the Audience

 

A simple way to increase audience engagement and inter action is to poll the audience. Ask them if they've had some sort of experience, like dealing with a tough customer or a misunderstanding with a boss. You already know the answer (probably) so you can use that to lead right in to...


Jun 12, 2018

 

2-Minute Tip: Practice in the Shower

 

The shower can be a great place to practice your talk. It's a comfortable, warm environment. You don't need to pay too much attention to your other activities. You are less likely to be distracted by other folks and tasks. In general, the environment really helps you shift your...


Jun 5, 2018

 

2-Minute Tip: Close to Open

 

In retail, management coaches employees to Close to Open. That means to get the store clean, stocked and signed at closing time so it's ready to open up the next day and get right to business.

 

If you are doing a series of presentations, you can do "Future You" a big favor by taking the...


May 29, 2018

2-Minute Tip: Prepare Talking Points

 

It's one thing to plan your presentation when you are leading the discussion. It's another when you're not. During informal presentations like interviews and panel discussions you may not be driving the whole discussion. That's why you need to prepare talking points ahead of...


May 22, 2018

2-Minute Tip: Use PowerPoint Online Photos

 

PowerPoint has some great tools for sourcing images online. In the version for Windows that comes as part of Office 365 (and possibly other versions), PowerPoint content layout frames include an option to insert online images. If you are working without layouts, you can...