What You Might Need Before the “How” Presentation

Without a doubt, people sign up for presentations that start with “How” in their titles. People want the how!  And when it comes to sales presentations, that’s what most salespeople give them, but it might not be what they need – yet.  Watch this video to find out “why” (pun intended).   https://vimeo.com/492710116 P.S. If […]

How to Handle a Blank Mind

I’ll bet you worry about blanking out when it comes to standing in front of an audience. Everybody does.  It’s not the end of the world. I’ve seen people like Simon Sinek get cheered on by his audience for how he handled it. Here are some ideas to try out when (notice I didn’t say […]

How to Handle Polls and Chats Online

How to Handle Polls and Chats Online 2

When you present online, there’s a lot going on, and it can be hard to pay attention to it all and still come off as a professional. How do you handle what you’re saying, polls, and chats all at the same time? You… https://vimeo.com/482844998 P.S. If the idea of doing a virtual presentation overwhelms you, […]

How to Keep People Engaged Online

Presenting online is not the same as presenting live. How do you keep people engaged?   It comes down to one thing (and I warn you, there might be a bit of dancing in this video)… https://vimeo.com/480063865 P.S. If you want to get started doing virtual presentations, so you can spend less time trying to […]

How to Turn around the Nervousness

Who isn’t nervous when they present to a bunch of strangers. And oh the stuff our bodies do, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t something you can do about it.    In fact, from what I can tell, all super nervous speakers have something in common – they are all focused on themselves. And that you […]

What’s Your Message?

Before you sit down to presentation software, you need to know what your big idea is and how you’ll take people there. You should be able to sum up your talk in one sentence, the answer to “What’s your message?” Otherwise, you have skipped a step – the most important step. Because if you don’t […]

Let Your Characters Speak and Watch Your Stories Come to Life

Let Your Characters Speak and Watch Your Stories Come to Life

As moviegoers, TV watchers, and book readers, we know that scenes have dialogue, but for some reason, when we tell stories, all the characters seem to be muted.  Your stories need narration (the part where you set the scene), but the story only comes to life when the characters get to be themselves and say […]

How to Have a Story Right When You Need it

Have a Story Handy Right When You Need It

The number #1 thing you need to understand to be remarkable (and I mean that literally – for people to remark on you) is that people need to remember you.  People cannot remember what you tell them unless it’s anchored in their minds. Otherwise, it just vanishes. Poof!  What I mean by “anchored” is that […]

The Key Insight to Become a Riveting Speaker

Most presenters provide lots of useful content. So much content that they can’t be engaging because they feel rushed to get through all the material they need to cover in a short amount of time. That’s why I call them, “The Overdeliverers“.  Although it comes from a caring place, useful content just isn’t enough. I […]

Give Thanks Today, but Don’t Start with Thank You

Give Thanks Today, but Don’t Start with “Thank You…”

Most presenters waste the most important line of their whole presentation – the opening – on pleasant pleasantries. As it’s Thanksgiving here in Canada today, I thought it appropriate to say that “thank you” is warranted at the dining room table, but not at the beginning of your presentation.  Come out with a bang, let […]

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