December 12, 2017
video recording, video rehearsal

Video Rehearsal Improves Your Presentation

In a previous blog post about rehearsing your presentation, I wrote about the importance of doing a video rehearsal.  I talked about how hard it is […]
November 28, 2017
Q&A, question mark

Never Close with Q&A

As technical presenters, there is an expectation to close our presentation with a Questions and Answers (Q&A) session.  A couple years ago, I attended 3 technical […]
November 17, 2017
presentation opening

Presentation Opening – Begin with a Bang

Coming up with a good presentation opening is difficult.  Technical presenters struggle with this even more.  Because of that, many times the presenter will just default […]
October 27, 2017
using a laser pointer in your presentation

Beware the Laser Pointer

Have you watched a dog, maybe YOUR dog, chase a wiggly red dot of light from a laser pointer?  Isn’t that great fun?  Have you ever […]
October 16, 2017
wisdom, knowledge

Knowledge you learn. Wisdom you earn.

Knowledge you learn. Wisdom you earn.  When someone asks me about how they can improve their presentations, I sometimes use this phrase.  I heard this when […]
October 9, 2017
Remember, Rhyme, Memory

A Rhyme is Sublime to Remember

Several years ago, I sat in a conference where Craig Valentine (www.craigvalentine.com) spoke.  While I don’t remember everything he said, there was a rhyme that he […]
September 27, 2017
be yourself, speakerman

Be Yourself, Not “SpeakerMan”

As a technical speaker, the advice to be yourself when you give a presentation is not new.  It is, however, hard to follow.  I learned this […]
September 7, 2017
Sound check

Sound Check Please

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends. We’re so glad you could attend. Come inside!  Come inside! – Emerson, Lake, and Palmer You may […]
June 12, 2017
Tips for Dealing with Fear of Public Speaking

The Most Common Public Speaking Question is…

Over the last month, I’ve had the chance to speak to several groups on the topic of public speaking. Before two of the sessions, the host […]