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May 28, 2019

2-Minute Tip: Textiful


One way to avoid overwhelming and stressing your audience is to make resources available after the fact and to let your audience know those resources will, in fact, be available.


Ari Meisel recommends Textiful for this. With this tool, you can tell your audience to text a key phrase to...

May 21, 2019

2-Minute Tip — Remove Filler Words


Filler or crutch words are the bane of many a speaker’s existence. The ums, ahs, likes, verys, you knows, and more clutter up our talks and conversation so much we don’t even notice them. They waste time, annoy the audience and distract from your message. So get rid of...

May 14, 2019

2-Minute Tip — Tempo


When things are going well or smoothly we often talk about being in a state of flow. We feel it in music; we feel it when we’re writing code; we feel it when we’re doing needlepoint; and we feel it on stage when we speak.


Part of what drives that rhythm is finding the right tempo, or pace,...

May 7, 2019

2-Minute Tip: Caring is key


People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.


As with so many strategies for success in speaking, it often comes down to the audience. How well do you know them? How well do you connect with them?


Most importantly, do they trust you?


Try to connect with the...