To See Yourself as Others See You: The Value of Being Videotaped While Making a Presentation

Many years ago, when I was participating in a video production class at my local college, I took my camera and crew to a nearby grocery store to tape some random scenes of shoppers. To my consternation (but also amusement), the minute I held up the video camera to record someone deciding which head of…Continue reading To See Yourself as Others See You: The Value of Being Videotaped While Making a Presentation

Presentation Lessons from Improv Comedy: 5 Tips to Plan What You Say Before You Open Your Mouth

When I was a sophomore at the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), my friends Wendy, Dave, Tom, Matt, Mike and I founded the school’s first improvisational comedy troupe. We had performed sketch and stand-up comedy before this – where everything was scripted – so changing our approach from a prepared routine to extemporaneous, fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants, created…Continue reading Presentation Lessons from Improv Comedy: 5 Tips to Plan What You Say Before You Open Your Mouth

“No Questions, Please!” The 8 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Ace Your Next Q&A

Read the rest of the article One of my favorite cartoons from the New Yorker shows a speaker at a podium with the caption, “I will now fend off questions from the audience.” Why does that make me chuckle? Because most of us, when making a presentation, regard the Q&A portion as a war zone.…Continue reading “No Questions, Please!” The 8 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself to Ace Your Next Q&A

How to Throw Together a Presentation in 30 Minutes That Still Sounds Impressive

How can you take the America’s number one fear— public speaking —and make it even scarier? Oh I know! By adding in almost no time to prepare. And who would do such a thing? Oh, just bosses, clients, the real speaker whose flight was delayed. So, in other words, it happens all the time, when…Continue reading How to Throw Together a Presentation in 30 Minutes That Still Sounds Impressive

3 Strategies to Make You a Better Public Speaker

Author and presidential speechwriter James Humes once commented, “Every time you have to speak, you are auditioning for leadership.” Talk about pressure! Let’s face it: if every single time you get ready to share your proposal, pitch, or project with your colleagues, clients or boss you think to yourself, “This is an audition for my…Continue reading 3 Strategies to Make You a Better Public Speaker

Big Presentation? 7 Tips To Help You Take Risks and Wow Your Audience

Anyone who has ever seen the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will remember that, while Matthew Broderick played the lead, the show was (almost) stolen by Ben Stein’s portrayal of a boring, monotonous, soul-sucking Economics teacher. He delivered his lines (“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”) as if he had been lobotomized, and his students sat there suffering…Continue reading Big Presentation? 7 Tips To Help You Take Risks and Wow Your Audience