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Blog Posts with Video Clips

These are blog posts with embedded video clips.

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

Here’s the rule for all of you that are hooked on text slides. It’s the rule of 66. It means six lines of text MAX, six words per line MAX. And a title, of course. Any more and you have a cluttered slide - like the one on the left. This is an actual slide […] 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

Point form seems to be highly misunderstood. I often see screens of text using full sentences. If you’re going to use full sentences, you’re better off going home. That’s because you’ll read them and THAT is the thing audiences hate the most! The number one thing! I’ve done it  … so I know! And why […] 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

What to do with handouts? Do I give them out before I speak, after … during? Here’s the traditional handout. Three slides to a page – a place for notes on the right hand side. The pros – an appropriate place to write notes – right next to the visual they relate to. People remember […] Read More

Here’s a tip for those of you who present at conferences. Particularly if you like to use animation or video right at the start of your presentation. Put a black screen right at the front of your PowerPoint or Keynote presentation. If you start your talk with a video clip or animation, it’s an absolute […] Read More

The Ultimate Screen – what a title! Makes you think I’m going to show you the most wonderful, most powerful screen of all! Well, I am! However, you have to buy into a simple, radical concept … pictures are more powerful than words. We learn and remember best through pictures, not through written or spoken […] Read More

This weekend, I received a copy of another PowerPoint presentation that consists almost entirely of black text on a white background. The bottom line? It’s a no-no. Think about looking at the text on a light bulb. When it’s on, it’s incredibly difficult to read! It's almost the same as trying to read a projected […] Read More