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Jan 31, 2017

This Week's Tip: Manage your Beam

If you conduct a PowerPoint slide show through a data projector, you are likely shining a beam at a screen or wall. You need to be conscious of that beam while you speak so you don't block it, stare into it, or distract your audience. It's also important to make sure nothing...


Jan 24, 2017

This Week's Tip: Arrive the day before the event

If a speaking engagement is important enough to travel for, it's important enough to arrive the day before.  There are always unexpected challenges that can arise when you have an event planned, and throwing in air travel only multiples them. When you fly in the day...


Jan 17, 2017

This Week's Tip: Use the Cursor Keys

  When you are in slide show mode, you can navigate a PowerPoint slide deck by using the cursor keys. This makes it easier to navigate back and forth through your slides while speaking to a group.  

Post Tip Discussion

  We start by talking about the nature of PowerPoint. Many folks...


Jan 10, 2017

This Week's Tip: Don't Open with a Joke

  Humor is tough, especially in business. Jokes need to relevant, non-offensive, and funny. If you're a nervous speakers, trying to open with a joke just makes things more challenging than they need to be.  

Post Tip Discussion

  We have an interview with Jon Clarke. Jon is...


Jan 3, 2017

This Week's Tip: Use a Timer

  Most presentations have a time limit, and exceeding that time limit is rude and ineffective. Finishing to soon can present other risks. While speaking or presenting, though, our internal clock is unreliable. Use a timer of some sort.  

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  Preparation is the key to...