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Mar 20, 2018



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...

Mar 13, 2018


2-Minute Tip: Don't Change Your Caffeine Consumption


It can be tempting the morning of a big speech to load up on coffee and enjoy that miraculous substance. If that's part of your standard morning ritual, that's fine. Go for it. 


But don't suddenly double or triple your standard consumption. I get that you...

Mar 7, 2018


2-Minute Tip: Avoid Dairy Before Speaking


I love a big bowl of sugary cereal or a nice cheesy pizza. I used to drink mochas like water before I decided to switch to Americanos for weight loss (by the way, switching from mochas to Americanos will NOT make 30 pounds just fall off). So I like my milky,...

Feb 27, 2018


2-Minute Tip: Use an Event Form


I used to travel from Seattle to Irvine, CA, quite a bit. It got to the point where I thought I knew where I was going down there. That was a false confidence. I began making wrong turns because I didn't think I needed a map to help me. As we do more public speaking, we can easily...

Feb 20, 2018

2-Minute Tip: Conduct Q&A Before Your Conclusion


Many speakers go through their entire talk, and then open things up for questions. This is a mistake. You will be more effective if you take question before you launch into your conclusion.


The end of your speech is a golden time. It's the last the audience will...