TIP OF THE WEEK


October 21, 2018

Reading Signals

Devote time to studying human behavior. You’ll be amazed by the diversity of gestures and modes of communication. These observations will expand your expressive playbook, give you great speaking material, and better allow you to connect with any audience.
October 14, 2018

Fugue State

Take concrete steps to build a suite of skills and speaker anxiety becomes manageable. Fear is reduced when you have a clear intention, defined role, rehearsed open and close, as well as three main buckets or talking points. And then don’t forget to breathe.
October 7, 2018

Stick the Landing

To 'stick it', consider your intention and audience. Then strategically deliver the strongest possible conclusion, whether it's a call to action, appropriate quote, anecdote, or a bookend to your opening. Get a running start, commit, and stick your landing.
September 30, 2018

Play To The Critic

Hew close to your purpose and trust what you've created. Keep the courage of your convictions.
September 23, 2018

New Brain

As presenters, we owe it to ourselves and our audiences to activate their thinking. The personal benefit to speakers is that we can better recall our material, while audiences are more captivated.
September 16, 2018

Imposter Syndrome

The imposter syndrome is a condition we see in both men and women. Many avoid presenting because they feel they aren't an expert, or smart enough, or don't deserve the recognition-- all fueled by an inaccurate state of reality.
September 9, 2018

Under Pressure

Don’t keep to a precise schedule but rehearse often. Working on material at different times of the day gives you a different perspective and keeps the brain alert.
September 2, 2018

Cowboy Up

Audiences hunger for authenticity. When you create your next presentation, use real examples. Recall what it felt like, and then include colorful, descriptive details to avoid reporting on the incident.
August 26, 2018

Satisfaction

Leverage this tool to accelerate your ability to write, speak and present. Re-tune your ear so that every news broadcast, adventure, or client interaction provides fodder for your next open, close, or theme. There's no better way to keep you sharp, and your material fresh and immediate. Do it as a mental exercise, and when you need a hit in four weeks, you'll be nimble enough to produce one.
August 19, 2018

White Gloves

When you present standing, especially for the opening, square your shoulders and let both hands rest at your side. Physical neutral shows you have nothing to hide and exhibits confidence. Give your audience the courtesy and respect that white glove treatment implies, and you will be rewarded.