April 21, 2019

No One Else’s Word

Always consider your audience and intention. Do something unexpected like inserting a white board or flip chart. Engage the audience with questions or break-out exercises. Include your perspective or experience and don't be afraid of showing emotion. Disregard the norm and find your own way.
April 14, 2019

Orange Jacket

Beethoven and Mozart employed themes, or repeatable musical phrases in many of their compositions. The same technique can benefit speakers. Themes represent the whole idea of a talk, and orient an audience. Although usually suggested in the opening, a great theme can be employed anywhere within a presentation.
April 7, 2019

The Con Redux

President Reagan was famous for the Russian proverb "Trust, but verify." We need to champion inventors and visionaries, but not base critical decisions on their presentation skills alone.
March 31, 2019

The Con

The moral of the tale is to speak truthfully, while employing passion, vision and commitment. As a listener, develop critical acumen so that you never mistake smoke for fire.
March 24, 2019

Distraction Theory

By incorporating different elements and strategies, you will keep yourself and the audience from getting bored. Sameness or uniformity is deadly. Variety is supreme.
March 17, 2019

May I Introduce…

First impressions are critical. Customize your intro for the audience. And make it count.
March 10, 2019

You were saying?

Do you ramble on, without purpose and unaware of your listener's interest? Do you fail to recognize cues that others would like to join the conversation? Are you truly paying attention, without being distracted by various devices or screens?
March 3, 2019

Funny Bunny

Speakers are often unaware of what can pull focus from their face, voice and message. Culprits include index cards, glasses, or props.
February 24, 2019

No Fingerprint

Your commitment and enthusiasm will positively affect others, and your attention to detail will bring much-appreciated clarity. Never tamp down your enjoyment for your topic. Your upbeat behavior, blended with strong speaking skills is a highly influential package.
February 17, 2019

Fog of Inattention

To make sure your audience pays attention, use a variety of openings, closes, and stories during your presentations.