Many years ago I was asked to speak for a few minutes on the floor of a huge trade show. I was kicking off a silent auction for charity that was just one of the dozens of activities going on. I inquired about the mic and was told it was a handheld that worked well.
Recently a C-Suite level executive came to Interact Studio and told us about an unsuccessful talk he had given at an important meeting of his peers. When I asked him why he wasn’t satisfied with the outcome, he said “I got stuck behind the podium with my notes and before I knew it I was
The most useful tool you have to practice and perfect your next high stakes presentation is likely sitting in your pocket (or pocketbook) right now. How’s this? One of the best ways to become a better public speaker is to record yourself on your mobile phone. When I go to the driving range, I record my golf swing while
“Just how I wanted to spend the day,” Sheila said, throwing her computer bag on the table, “in a public speaking class!“ “Good news,” I said. “You’re not here to practice public speaking. You’re here to practice making a connection with people.” Hecklers in the conference room Sheila was part of a product development team within a
At Interact, we coach a lot of clients through the process of developing and delivering keynote addresses. We use the term “storybite” to refer to language that pings the imagination and engages your audience beyond mere facts. Relevant quotes and anecdotes offer storybites that can warm up your communication when they are well placed and
When giving a keynote to or about your company, consider using your founder’s story. Brands and companies are stories that begin with the founder—or a group of founders—and an idea. This is why it makes sense to celebrate the contribution of outstanding employees, to officially launch a new product or service, or to commemorate a
It’s also an easy trap for event planners to assume successful people are good speakers but there is absolutely no connection. I learned this in a painful way when I invited a brilliant entrepreneur to speak at Interact Studio to an audience of 25. “Jim” had built a great business and reinvented his brand successfully. He had been
Last week I wrote about preparing for your next big presentation a full month BEFORE you take the podium. Today’s post picks up from the point that you’ve thanked the person who introduced you at the podium. Your opening lines Here, the attention in the room is high. Don’t rush to speak. Once you arrive at the front
There is a saying, “If you want to give a brilliant talk, open and close well and don’t screw it up in between.” It stretches things a bit, but the saying offers more practical wisdom than you might think. Consider the “serial position” in psychology, which says that when given a list of information and
Sometimes when we present—a keynote, report, or any presentation—what we are doing physically with our bodies speaks louder than our words. Body language tells us a great deal, yet we often forget about it when it is our turn to speak. I understand why this; we are often so caught up with what we are going
I believe everyone has a topic they are uniquely qualified to speak about—and chances are, you are closer to it than you realize. You will find it somewhere at the intersection of four elements: 1. Unique Ability. “I am really good at…” 2. Passion. “The thing that makes my life and work meaningful is…” 3.
Lincoln is looming in our minds larger than ever after the release of Steven Spielberg’s latest film. For many of us, Lincoln will now have the noble face of Daniel Day-Lewis who plays the United States’ 16th president in his final months in office. “Lincoln” begins with a scene from 1865 in which Lincoln is