THIS is One Smart App! * ChatGPT has been in the news recently - a lot! This app and others are dramatically changing many things. Here is the unedited summary it did on my book, "NO SWEAT Public Speaking!" I think it did a great job! "NO SWEAT Public Speaking!" is a comprehensive guide to public speaking, designed Read More
VOCAL CUES Are Important Because . . .
They can help listeners understand the meaning of words and the intentions behind them. Vocal cues are aspects of speech that convey meaning or convey information about a speaker's attitudes, emotions, or intentions. These can include things like tone of voice, pronunciation, enunciation, pausing, volume, pitch, and pace Read More
Everyone is NOT Going to Like Your Presentation!
No matter how good your material and how well you delivered it, there will be some in the audience who will give your talk a failing grade. IF . . . You researched your topic well and know it enough to have "Confidence in your Competence." You practiced multiple times. (My Ultimate Practice Tip is HERE.) IF Read More
Five Slide Presentation Mistakes
DON'T Make Them! 1. Lots of Text and Bullet Points No one comes to read your presentation. If they are reading it, they are usually ahead of the bullet point you are discussing. There is a dis-connect and they won't get the point of your message. 2. Templates with noisy backgrounds, logos, and multiple lines of Read More
FAQ for Handling Questions!
Questions & Answers: LOTS of Opportunities for MISTAKES 1. WHEN In your Opening, tell your audience when and how you'll be handling questions. Two Possibilities: 1. Take a few questions after each section, but only on that section, and before closing. 2. At the end of your presentation before the Read More
So They GET Your Elevator Speech, . . .
Make it Clear, Concise, and Consistent If people hearing your Elevator Speech aren't 100% sure about what you do. They won't hire you. They won't refer you. So they know WHO you are and WHAT you do, your Elevator Speech should be: Clear Use simple language and words. We don't impress people Read More
Less is often MORE!
For Presentations, Sometimes WAY MORE! From Wicktionary, and spot on for this post: That which is of smaller quantity could be of higher quality. That which is less complicated is often better understood and more appreciated than what is more complicated. Brevity in communication is more effective than Read More
EYE CONTACT: Dos and Don’ts!
Eye Contact, like all elements of non-verbal communication, is extremely important when delivering a presentation. When done correctly, there is a better connection with those watching and listening. When Eye Contact is not done well, there can be a disconnect between what you intend to convey and what your audience Read More
Here are Three Simple Ways to . . .
Improve Your Presentation. Transcript Fred Miller. “NO SWEAT Public Speaking! Here are three simple ways to improve your presentations. Number One: Simple Language. No buzzwords, acronyms, or techno speak. You don't impress people with words, I don't know. You make them feel stupid and you will lose Read More
“Pattern Interrupt” Elevator Speeches . . .
Grab your Audience's Attention and are Memorable. This video is one of Mine! A Pattern Interrupt is: something unexpected that grabs the attention of people who were probably expecting something much different. Many Elevator Speeches contain verbiage like: "I help people . . . " "I work with companies . . Read More