Oct 17, 2017
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:
Oct 10, 2017
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
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
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
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...