• When You Speak is it all a Blur? - One of our most successful and funniest clients simply hates public speaking. As the founder of a booming enterprise, he travels all over the world, presenting cutting-edge, breakthrough ideas (he’s a little bit famous). And he dreads public speaking. In the first session, he named one specific goal that stood out: “I want to experience more situational awareness.” When pushed for clarification,
  • The Most Important Visual in Your Presentation is You - During a recent coaching session, a successful CEO was watching himself on playback speaking to 2,000 people who came to hear his big ideas. While there was a lot of listening, laughing and interaction, one bad habit stood out: he repeatedly undermined his performance by looking at and directing remarks to the screen. When asked
  • The Promise and Peril of The Comfort Zone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Er4YY3CWc8 https://youtu.be/5Er4YY3CWc8
  • 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
  • Memorizing is for Passwords – Not Presentations - The Chief Marketing Officer was half-way through her perfectly memorized presentation to the sales team when it hit her:  no one was listening. All that time spent memorizing her speech so she could avoid a brain freeze, and look what she got: boredom. Does this sound familiar?  Putting way too much pressure on yourself to remember every word and
  • ZZZZZZzzzzzz…Your Introduction is Booorrrrring - It’s hard to argue with people who claim that the human attention span has shrunk to an all-time low. Depending on who you listen to, it now hovers somewhere between eight seconds and 21 minutes.  And since we don’t like to cite statistics we can’t back up (even if they appear in the New York Times), 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

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