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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May 2, 2017

2 Minute Tip: Bring an Extra Shirt

  Stuff happens as we go about life. We spill (and sadly waste) coffee. Our co workers spill things on us. We perspire more than we'd like. And, yet, we still need to stand up in front of a crowd and speak.  That's why is so important to have a spare shirt in your office, car, or presentation bag. You never know when you'll need a quick wardrobe change. Even if you never need to use that spare shirt, you can be more confident just because you know it's there.  

Post Tip Discussion: Use the Tools Available

  Amplification, Teleprompters, and Wheels are great innovations that can help us be more effective speakers. Of course, they're only useful is we actually use them. Too many speakers avoid these tools because they say they don't need them. Often, this is ego. They don't want to be seen as needing these tools.  That's just silly. These tools help the audience. They give the audience a better experience. They give the production team a better experience.  And they make the speaker more effective. That's what matters most.   For additional tips on how and why to use a teleprompter, check out Dallas Prompter.  

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