The Bells and Whistles of Presentations

Do you have a preferred slide advancer for your presentation? Have you ever considered that question? Inspired by a conversation with my business partner, I contacted two experienced A/V principals, Mike Hennessy of Resonate Video and Joe Rogers of Visionaries Events to talk shop about the bells and whistles of speaker technology – what we

What’s the Enemy of Engagement?

During a recent practice session, a speaker said to me, “I know you’re going to yell at me, but I just have to move anyway!”  That statement is funny for two reasons. First, I never yell. And second, it’s a scientific fact that movement stimulates the brain and helps memory. It’s why we recommend lots of walks while

Three Public Speaking Mistakes to Avoid in 2017

Yes, I am jumping on the bandwagon of New Year’s Resolutions. Not only is it that time of year when many of us feel inspired to push the re-set button, but I have been thinking a lot about how easy it is to improve a presentation without pulling a muscle. After observing more than 100

It’s the Last Lap of 2016: How’s Your Focus?

Raise your hand if you saw the 1500 Meter men’s race last month. Matt Centrowitz was the first U.S. athlete to win the gold since 1908. I’m not sure who was more excited by the result – Matt or his family in the stands. When he was interviewed after the race, he talked about how important the last

How to Create a Screen-shot Moment During Your Next Presentation

There I was, in the middle of the most bizarre presentation I’ve ever given. People coming in 30 minutes late, working on their laptops, leaving to take a call, phone ringers set to the highest volume and the most obnoxious ring tones…it was as if I was attending a large networking event at a national

Talk Nonverbally to Me

Raise your hand if you need a break from all the crazy hand gestures made by Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Good. That’s what I thought. In my humble opinion, they are all demonstrating what not to do. But what should a speaker do with their hands to be memorable, compelling and persuasive?  Well, look out, it’s