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2 Minute Talk Tips

2 Minute Talk Tips helps you improve your public speaking. Each episode starts with a 2 minute, practical tip so you get value right from that start. After that, we have a deeper discussion about issues affecting public speakers. We talk about Speaking, PowerPoint, relating to an audience, stand-up comedy, storytelling, preparation, and much more. If you've got only 2 minutes, you have time to learn stuff. If you have more time, we've got more detail. Public speaking is an important skill to have in any role that requires good communications skills. Anyone who has spent a lot of time in meetings will agree, and they will likely bemoan the lack of effective speakers. The good news is that developing strong public speaking skills isn't hard. Between books, podcasts, seminars, and meetups there are plenty of resources that can help. A lot of folks are intimidated by the idea, though. They think that to learn public speaking, they need to become the next Tony Robbins, Ronald Reagan, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, or Cicero. That's not true, though. Don't focus on being the best speaker ever. Instead, become a better speaker tomorrow. And do that every day. That's the pathway to success. Don't get best…get better. I'm Bill Monroe. I've built a career on public speaking and training. In my work at Microsoft and Toshiba, I used these skills to teach folks how to sell technology products and to excite them about those products. I've worked with customers in the retail, public sector, and corporate industries as a technology evangelist. Yet, while I've been conducting presentations for more than 25 years, I'm still learning and improving. I believe everyone -- from novice to expert -- can become a better speaker. Sometimes that requires small changes. Other times it requires more deliberate strategic decisions. With 2 Minute Talk Tips we can all become a little better every day.
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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 unintentionally casts a shadow on the screen. You can use the "B" key on your keyboard to make the display in PowerPoint go all black, or you can use the "W" to make the screen go full white, in case you want to do shadow puppets.

Post Tip Discussion: Enhance your Credibility

Your credibility determines how much the audience believes you. If they don't trust you, then they are unlikely to trust the information in your presentation. There are lots of ways to enhance your credibility. Here are six:
  1. Meet your goals
  2. Respect your time limits
  3. Don't tell them it was all a lie
  4. Follow up
  5. Say, "I don't know."
  6. Meet your pre-event commitments (AKA Don't forget the donuts)
 

Call to Action:

How do you increase your credibility? Leave a comment below or leave a message on our listener line at 650-TalkTip (650-825-5847), and I may include it in a future episode. If you liked this episode, leave a rating and review for 2 Minute Talk Tips at this link or directly in the iTunes app. Practice managing your beam and improving your credibility a little each day. Don't get best -- get better.
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