TIP OF THE WEEK


April 15, 2018

Punk Monkey

For the greater good of our species, let's emulate marmoset empathy, selflessness and polite communication. We've been on the earth about the same amount of time. Let's use that big brain of ours for better communication and cooperation.
April 8, 2018

Duets

When you are aware of the rhythm and meter of your presentation, you can slow it down or speed it up, depending on what you’re sensing from the audience. Counterpoint is critical, so that each of you handles a different role. The expressive power of a duet, invisibly interlaced, is profound.
April 1, 2018

Eye Level

Match tone and behavior to your desired outcome. Leveraging physical signals gives you an enormous advantage.
March 25, 2018

Immerse Yourself

Over the years, we know that when attendees focus on conquering one challenge without interruption (i.e. immersion therapy), they have a high likelihood of success. The same is true for acquiring new skills. When you focus on one element at a time, and then test it out in front of others— you embed this new skill into your muscle memory.
March 18, 2018

Almost Real

When you speak, employ the strategies and tactics that the squawkers use, but do it for a positive purpose. Infuse your presentations with novelty and surprise. Drive your stories with emotion to engage audiences and embed your message into their memory. Show your commitment. Speak openly about the challenges you face. And speak without affectation or bluster.
March 11, 2018

Hawk’s Prayer

Whether you are in sales, professional services, or social media, know that your competitors are honing their presentations. And if you leave your speaking skills unattended, you may very well lose your edge.
March 4, 2018

Big Air

Even seasoned speakers experience fear, trepidation, or the “yips.” In the fear zone, mindfulness has its limitations. Instead, dive into fear, bring it into your being, and use it as a saber to cut away the noise and sharpen your intention.
February 25, 2018

Your Gold

We've been thrilled by the 2018 Olympics. There are divots in our wood floor from jumping up and down in front of the TV, watching incredible tests of human will and physicality. As the Games wind down, let's review what can be transferred to speaking and presenting.
February 18, 2018

Boned Out

Whether you’re a specialist in a sport or profession, consider your audience. Don’t dumb it down, because your explanation will still be vague and imprecise. Instead, use concrete, descriptive language.
February 11, 2018

Faster Higher Stronger

If you're like us, the Olympics will inspire you to work harder and be motivated to excel. We've always said that presenting is a contact sport. Emulate our finest athletes and thrill your audiences.