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This is right up there with the most important things I'll ever tell you about persuasive presentations: To be a successful persuasive presenter, you absolutely have to believe in your message. And you have to display passion. You may have seen this pie chart before. It’s usually misinterpreted. It comes from the work of Albert […] Read More

They say you should rehearse an hour for every minute of your speech. I’m not so sure. I think rehearsing your talk is really important. But how you do it, probably differs by individual. There's a belief out there about saying it in front of a mirror. What's THAT about? Forget it - it doesn’t […] Read More

There is one word that’s the most important word in any persuasive presentation: You. If my speech or presentation is about me, it may have interest, if it’s a good story, but if it’s about you … out there in the audience … there is nothing more interesting on earth! To you at least! Right? […] Read More

OK, you’re getting ready give a presentation to a corporate audience  . . . with speaker support. And you’re nervous – the last thing you need to be doing is futzing around trying to find the show button on the bottom of the screen. Click on the wrong one and it can really throw you […] Read More

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