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Apr 30, 2019

2-Minute Tip: Identify Your Biggest Take Away

 

To deliver an effective presentation, first identify the biggest take away for the audience. If they remember only one thing, this is the thing it should be.

 

To figure that out, start by doing a brain dump on a piece of paper or whiteboard. Then go through all theses...


Apr 23, 2019

2-Minute Tip: Build a Team

 

Sometimes to get better, you may need help, and that's okay.

  • Hire a coach.
  • Join Toastmasters.
  • Ask a friend or colleague. Take an online course.
  • Take a traditional course.
  • Read a book.
  • Subscribe to a podcast about public speaking

 

Or do all of the above. Or some combination of them.

 

The...


Apr 16, 2019

2-Minute Tip: Challenge the Audience to Discover Truth

 

Immediately challenge the audience to discover a truth about themselves that proves the premise of your talk. If the group knows that you have an appreciation or understanding of their personal (or business) situation, they will engage. As a bonus, make them laugh...


Apr 9, 2019

 

 

2-Minute Tip: You Know Your Stuff

 

Experienced speakers still feel anxiety and nerves before getting on stage, but there are a couple thing you can remind yourself of before you start speaking.

 

First, you know your stuff. The reason you earned that stage is that you are a subject matter expert (SME). You're...


Apr 3, 2019

2-Minute Tip: Don't Memorize

 

Memorizing your speech is generally a bad idea. You want to internalize it, not memorize it.

 

There are 3 main problems with memorizing your talk.

 

  • First, it's a lot more nerve wracking.
  • Second, if you forget a part you're more likely to get stuck and freeze.
  • Third, your audience wants...