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Blog Posts on Presentation Performance

These are previous blog posts related to maximizing your performance for all types of presentations.

Introductions. They’re incredibly important to a speaker’s success. Bad ones can be like watching a slow motion train wreck. Because the speaker ends up spending half their speech trying to recover from it. Ow! And that’s why professional speakers provide their own. And when they do, if you’re the MC, it’s important that you rehearse […] Read More

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

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

I’ve been a director for countless corporate conventions filled with speaker after speaker. Some of them are real pros and some of them  … are not. And you can tell just by the way they treat the crew. There are conventions … at conventions - things you should do as a presenter … before you […] Read More

It’s OK to be nervous. We all are to a certain extent. Even me. Well, not now, ‘cause there’s nobody here. I’m talking about on stage. Now, there are lots of techniques you can try to treat the symptoms of nervousness. You’ll find a whack of them in the articles on my website. But the […] Read More

There isn’t anything that connects you with your audience more than your eyes. We call that eye contact. Now, I don’t mean cursory, flit around the room eye contact – I’m talking hard core at least two sentences long eye contact. That’s what works. Beginning speakers know they have to have good eye contact and […] Read More

Using audio clips in your presentation sounds so simple! But if there’s one thing that strikes fear into the hearts of convention technicians, that’s it! Because it’s either too loud … or inaudible … or the presenter simply hasn’t told the technician that’s it there at all … and then wonders why it didn’t play. […] Read More

Distractions can destroy your presentation. Here’s an example. Let’s say you make a point like … “The chicken crossed the road” and put up a visual of a person dressed as a chicken. You’d probably hear a hush in the room. Pretty dramatic visual! OK, let’s say that you then wanted to tell a five […] Read More

Most construction workers will tell you it's a pretty good idea to know your tools. For example, if I was building a bookcase and asked for a saw when I really needed a hammer, it would be a rather unproductive day. If I was a surgeon and did something similar, you’d be dead. I recently […] Read More

If you're an entrepreneur with a web presence and you don't have a video, you're missing out on potential business! Video is today's business card on the internet. There are four billion video views each day on YouTube alone. Video builds trust; it allows visitors to your site a chance to "virtually meet" you. After […] Read More