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Newbie speakers get a little apprehensive about questions. There’s a fear that they’ll be caught off guard – that they’ll look stupid if they don’t have an answer . . .

And they’re right … if they’re unprepared. Just like anything else in life, looking brilliant on stage takes planning.

However, if you really do know your material, prepare properly, and follow a few basic rules, you’ll find it’s the most powerful part of a presentation.

I love question and answer sessions

I love Question and Answer sessions. ‘Cause they give me a chance to shine – I can carry on a direct dialogue with my audience and make sure any concerns are addressed.

Here’s what you do. Know your subject area and identify any potential questions that might be sensitive Read More …

Why Screen Contrast is SO Important

The primary objective of presentations is NOT to be pretty. The primary objective is to persuade or impart information. I mean, they CAN be pretty, but if pretty (or busy) gets in the way of the message, it’s a problem! Sometimes what you think is a brilliant idea, just doesn’t make it in the implementation […] Read More

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How to Use Text Builds Effectively

Let’s look at “builds.” Builds are really powerful. They make information stick. Like goo. I define builds as short phrases or words that are added to a screen on a particular cue. You can build text on the screen line by line or word by word. The power of builds is that, if done properly, they visually […] Read More

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How to Use Your Voice More Effectively

In public speaking, your voice is your instrument. You have to know what it sounds like. So I recommend you get a recorder and record yourself giving a presentation. Then listen to it. Do you sound monotone? That’s boring. Our brains don’t pay attention to boring things. They shut off. Here’s an exercise. Get a […] Read More

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