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Dec 5, 2017

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2-Minute Tip: Skip the Gimmicks


Original ideas in a presentation are fun, but don't confuse originality with gimmickry. A gimmick is often more about the ego of the presenter who wants to show off how clever they are. It becomes...

Nov 14, 2017

2-Minute Tip: Let it Go

  When things start to go wrong, our instinct is often to panic and make a split second decision to stop whatever is falling, crashing, or coming apart at the seams. Often this is the wrong instinct. Instead, let it go, take a moment to assess the situation, and then recover. When you can do this...

Nov 7, 2017


2-Minute Tip: Let the Audience Respond

  When you tell a joke, make a humorous aside, show an entertaining picture, or land a heavy or emotional point, it's important to give your audience a chance to experience the emotions you've just inspired in them.   That means that while you plan your presentation, and your...

Oct 24, 2017


2-Minute Tip:  Dim the Lights

  The data projector/projector screen combo has been a mainstay of the AV setup in conference rooms for years, but it can still be hard to see the visuals.   Data projectors have gotten brighter over the years, yet they still benefit from less ambient light. They tend to have a long...

Oct 17, 2017


2-Minute Tip: Use Silence

  Everything we do as speakers communicates something to the audience -- how we move, how we dress, how we gesture, how we speak, and how we don't speak.   Silence is a powerful tool. A speaker can use silence to:  

  • Emphasize a point
  • Let your audience soak up information
  • Give your audience a...