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May 15, 2018


2-Minute Tip: Tell a Story to Add Value


When presenting, we are often selling something. It may be a product, a service, or an idea. To be effective, though, don't just go through a barrage of features or details. It's the story that you can connect with your topic that gives it value. It's the story you tell...

Mar 13, 2018


2-Minute Tip: Don't Change Your Caffeine Consumption


It can be tempting the morning of a big speech to load up on coffee and enjoy that miraculous substance. If that's part of your standard morning ritual, that's fine. Go for it. 


But don't suddenly double or triple your standard consumption. I get that you...

Jan 16, 2018

2-Minute Tip: Know Your Gear


Whether its a projector, TV, laptop, audio hookup, or slide clicker, get to know your gear before you conduct your presentation. Figure out in advance how everything works so you're not scrambling at the last minute to figure out why something doesn't work the way you thought it would....

Jan 9, 2018

2-Minute Tip: Party AFTER Your Talk


At the Hollywood Foreign Press Golden Globes Award Show, the alcohol flows freely. Many award recipients reach the podium under the influence, and that makes many of the speeches more entertaining. Of course we're not laughing with the recipients; we're laughing at them.  That's...

Dec 12, 2017



2-Minute Tip: Practice in Real Shoes


When we have a  big presentation on the calendar, we may be tempted to pick up a new outfit and new shoes to feel all shiny and new, and to imbue us with more confidence. And that's great. It's also important, though, to practice in that new outfit.


If half way through...