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Dec 25, 2018

2018 has been a great year for 2-Minute Talk Tips, and I got to talk with some amazing people from around the world for the show, This week, I pull together the initial tip from each guest into a single episode. If you want to listen to the whole episode each tip came from or explore the guest's background, click in the...


Dec 18, 2018

 

2-Minute Tip: Greet Your Audience

 

A lot of speakers pace back stage or pound coffee or try to deal with nerves in other ways before going out to speak. 

 

Instead, go out into the audience as folks are arriving, and greet audience members. Have a brief chat to get to know folks. This accomplishes a few things.

 

  • It...


Dec 11, 2018

 

2-Minute Tip: Describe your Audience

 

Back in 2008,  Best Buy described 4 personae who represented their target customers. The even started designing different stores to appeal to Buzz, Barry, Ray, or Jill. They had detailed descriptions for theses archetypes.

 

I'm not sure if it's the best approach for a big-box...


Dec 4, 2018

 

2-Minute Tip: Get on Stage More

 

Ultimately, the most important way to get better as a speaker is to speak more. Find more stages and get on them. Reach out to local clubs and service organizations who are always looking for speakers in your community. Theses gigs may not pay anything, but especially when you're...


Nov 27, 2018

2-Minute Tip: Practice in a Mirror

 

The key to success on stage is to practice as much as you can. Prep by using a mirror to give yourself an audience to impress. And often the person in the mirror is the toughest to impress.

 

Practice with your notes at first, and get good enough so you don't need them. Once you...