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Aug 22, 2017


2 Minute Tip: Take More Pictures

  Images are often better than text in PowerPoint Slides. You can use them to support a point you are talking about, to make an analogy, or to make a humorous aside. But how do you get this pictures? The best source can be your own photo library -- if you have enough pictures in it. You already own the rights to those images. Your audience hasn't seen them before. You have a personal connection to them.   The best way to grow your library is to take more pictures. It's really that simple, Set a personal goal to take 5 pictures a day. Don't try to take amazing pictures; focus on quantity. Photograph things you find interesting, funny, or unusual. Or even just things that make you think. You might not have a use for that image today, but it may find a home in a deck you build 2 years from now.  

Program Notes

  This week, I appear on Caffeinated Comics. I'm on the August 21 episode. You can find it in your favorite podcast app or on the Radio misfits Podcast Network.   This week, I launched a page of my recommendations.  It's a collection of Amazon links to public speaking resources, stroke recovery resources, and other neat stuff.  

Post Tip Discussion: My Stroke Recovery and What Speakers Can Learn From It

  On June 3, 2017, I broke my basal ganglia.  I had a stroke and lost the use of my left arm and leg. I immediately put everything in life on hold and spent June and July focused on my recovery. Along the way, I learned a lot about biology, neuroplasticity, and the worlds of physical and occupational therapy.   In this episode, I talk about some of the lessons speakers can learn from this process.
  1. Tell personal stories.
  2. Understand your priorities
  3. Use caution on the road
  4. Relish the power of yet

Call To Action

  1. Know the symptoms of stroke and the fast analysis
  2. Make sure everyone in your household knows the symptoms and what to do if they observe them
  3. Know your numbers -- BP, blood sugar, cholesterol etc. Get them from your Doctor. If you don't have a doctor, get one
  4. Make the lifestyle changes you need to make to reduce your risk
  5. If something does go wrong, be it stroke, heart attack or something else, make the decision to get better
  6. When terrible things happen in life, try to find ways that you can extract some positive value from them
  7. Finally, no matter what, don't get best. Get better.