How to Punch up your Presentation

We all know that comics word hard on their timing, specifically having a punch word at just the right place. You can do the same, although you need to alter the notion slightly, so you don’t come off like a comic trying hard to get a laugh.  While you can get some laughs with this placement […]

What’s More Important than Storytelling?

What do you think is the most important skill you can develop to become a more confident, riveting, and memorable speaker than you are now? Watch this video to find out what I think. It’s as simple as that. So why aren’t you telling more stories? What kind of stories? Personal stories. Professional stories. It […]

How to Segue into a Story like a Professional

Most people announce they are diving into a story or simply dive right in. When you use the “Tap and Transport” method, you tap into what they want, then transport them into your story.  You want them hooked so they want to hear your story. Getting that small “yes” is important to being an engaging speaker.  […]

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 […]

The Most Important Thing Your Story Needs

The Most Important Thing Your Story Needs

We often just think of a story as a series of events, but if you want your story to be riveting, you’re going to need to do more than just list off some facts.  Here’s how to make your audience sit on the edge of their seats. P.S. Do you need help getting leads […]