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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.