What to Do When the Butterflies Turn into Barracudas

There’s a lot you can do to minimize the anxiety that comes with speaking in public. (See “Would You Rather Die Than Speak in Public? Minimize the Nerves.”) But even after all your preparation, there may still be that dreaded moment right before or, worst, during your talk when the […]

Humanize Your Talk to Make It Interesting & Memorable

The difference between a dry speech and an interesting one is in how much the speaker humanizes the talk. Pure facts, statistics, information, or explanations are not in and of themselves riveting. But when you add humanizing elements, you make your talk mesmerizing and memorable. Here are some examples. Use […]

Simple, but Powerful, Way to Organize Your Presentation

My client met with me stressed and flustered. She had the biggest presentation of her life coming up in four days. She had collected tons of research, compiled spreadsheets of financials, commissioned elaborate illustrations, and created dozens of PowerPoint slides. But, there we were just 96 hours before her big […]

Purpose Solves Many Presentation Problems

Think about some of the presentations you’ve seen that were, shall we say, less than ideal. I’m going to guess the problems fell into one of three areas: Dull delivery; Wordy wanderlust; and PowerPoint poisoning. At first blush, it’s probably not clear what these areas have in common, other than […]

Just Say No to PowerPoint

There’s actually a week in February called that: “Just Say No to PowerPoint Week.”  Really.  Initiated by a communication consultant in California, it’s her attempt to get presenters to focus on one-on-one communication instead of hiding behind the crutch that PowerPoint can be. While I can understand her thinking—PowerPoint can […]