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