A few days ago, I started watching a Netflix documentary on how fractal mathematics helped start Pixar. (Yes, I watch really boring stuff on Netflix, but in my defense, I was watching it in bed, at night, trying to go to sleep. It worked.) We have always had a fantastic success teaching people how to […]
In the podcast this week, I interview Cody Smith who is the author of the book Stage Fight — How to Punch Public Speaking Fears in the Face. It is a hilarious interview where Cody tells about all of the trials and tribulations that he experienced trying to overcome public speaking fear. Have fun listening […]
Last week, I got invited to deliver a presentation for the Transitions ® Lenses company at their Transitions ® Academy in Orlando, Florida. What was interesting about the session that they had me design was that they weren’t looking for ways to design formal presentations. Rather, they wanted to be able to help their attendees […]
Last month, I helped a client re-design their medical training sessions so that they were more interesting and more interactive. As with many training sessions in medicine, it was important for the presenters to cover all of the steps because the safety of the patient was involved. However, when we deliver many, many steps in […]
A couple of months ago, my father passed away. Even though I’m the middle child, I’m the only sibling who is a professional speaker. So, my brother and sister turned to me to deliver the eulogy. Being a professional speaker, you’d think it would be very easy to design a 10 minute speech about my […]
In the last few weeks, I had a number of clients come to me asking that we create truly customized workshops and seminars. This happens quite often, but each of these situations had a similar thread that might be beneficial to our podcast listeners as well. In today’s business world, we offices and team members […]
Quite often, when we are designing speeches and presentations for a professional audience, we discount the value of entertainment and humor. In reality, though, a good presentation is both informative and entertaining. Your speech has to be both. If you aren’t providing the audience with information that they didn’t already know, then you are wasting […]
Face it, most people hate meetings. Most people don’t want to sit through boring presentations either. So, if you want to get your audience to want to listen to your presentation, you have to make it “Audience Focused”. Focus on what the audience wants to hear, not what you want to tell them. Make Your […]
If you have to give technical presentations in your career, one of the most difficult challenges is to deliver the technical presentation to a non-technical audience. Doug Staneart offers a few tips that will help. These presentation skills also help non-technical people deliver better technical presentations as well. Designing a Technical Presentation for a Non-Technical […]
In past episodes, we’ve talked about how to better design presentations, and how if you design your presentations a little differently, you can reduce public speaking fear. However, what do you do if someone just gives you a slide deck and says, “Okay, go deliver this.” This episode gives you a few tips that can […]
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