2 Minute Talk Tips

2 Minute Talk Tips helps you improve your public speaking. Each episode starts with a 2 minute, practical tip so you get value right from that start. After that, we have a deeper discussion about issues affecting public speakers. We talk about Speaking, PowerPoint, relating to an audience, stand-up comedy, storytelling, preparation, and much more. If you've got only 2 minutes, you have time to learn stuff. If you have more time, we've got more detail. Public speaking is an important skill to have in any role that requires good communications skills. Anyone who has spent a lot of time in meetings will agree, and they will likely bemoan the lack of effective speakers. The good news is that developing strong public speaking skills isn't hard. Between books, podcasts, seminars, and meetups there are plenty of resources that can help. A lot of folks are intimidated by the idea, though. They think that to learn public speaking, they need to become the next Tony Robbins, Ronald Reagan, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, or Cicero. That's not true, though. Don't focus on being the best speaker ever. Instead, become a better speaker tomorrow. And do that every day. That's the pathway to success. Don't get best…get better. I'm Bill Monroe. I've built a career on public speaking and training. In my work at Microsoft and Toshiba, I used these skills to teach folks how to sell technology products and to excite them about those products. I've worked with customers in the retail, public sector, and corporate industries as a technology evangelist. Yet, while I've been conducting presentations for more than 25 years, I'm still learning and improving. I believe everyone -- from novice to expert -- can become a better speaker. Sometimes that requires small changes. Other times it requires more deliberate strategic decisions. With 2 Minute Talk Tips we can all become a little better every day.
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Dec 27, 2016


This week's tip: Hydrate

  The common wisdom we encounter on the web, from well-meaning relatives, from health fans, etc., is that we should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Or maybe not. It's become surprisingly controversial. Presenters should probably drink more. It's easy to become dehydrated while speaking, especially, if you'll be speaking for a while. Speaking and projecting means exhaling more moisture than standard conversation. It's important to replace that moisture by staying hydrated.    

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The Goal for the Podcast

  Communication skills are more important than ever, and there are a lot of aspects to that -- spelling, grammar, email etiquette, small talk, introductions, and public speaking. My goal is to help you become a more effective public speaker.   I often say, "Don't get best, get better." It's great if you want to become the best speaker ever, and that is a tough standard. It requires a tremendous amount of work, time, and practice. And it requires that others don't become better than you.   Instead, I want to help you get a better. Just focus on being a little better every day. That's how you improve and become more effective. Just get better every day. The tips I introduce each week, and the deeper discussion that follows, will help you do that.  

Ground Rules

  Each episode will begin with a 2 minute practical tip that can make you more effective. I won't do an pre-roll ads, and you won't have to wait for a long intro to pass. If you have only 2 minutes a week, you'll get value from the podcast.   After the tip, I'll include an introduction and then a 15-20 minute discussion that may include interviews, conceptual discussions, book reviews, or other discussions relevant to public speakers.  

Who am I?

  I'm Bill Monroe, a professional speaker and trainer with more than 15 years' experience teaching folks to be more effective in the their jobs. My background as a speaker goes back even further.   When it comes to public speaking, I believe (among other things) in these five principles.  
  1. Anyone can do better.
  2. Genuine passion matters.
  3. Logic alone will not win.
  4. Your audience wants you to succeed.
  5. Preparation matters.
  Do you have any comments or questions? What topics to you want to hear more about? Post them here, or call us at 650-TalkTip (650-825-5847) Have a great day.