What if I completely blank out during my presentation? This is understandably one of the most common fears associated with presentation anxiety. No one enjoys standing in front of an audience only to have his or her brain freeze up. But why exactly does this phenomenon happen, and what should you do … [Read more...] about What If I Blank Out While Presenting?
Like the Hatfields and the McCoys, many people in the presentation world have been feuding for years. The debate? What to do about presentation handouts. One side says they are helpful to the audience, while the other side says they are distracting. Let’s dig a little deeper into the debate … [Read more...] about The Debate Over Presentation Handouts
After a presentation, most people will forget about 40% of what they learned within 20 minutes. As a presenter, you are working against tough odds anytime you get up to speak. However, using this one tip can help you make sure your information sinks in with your audience. I use the following … [Read more...] about Making Your Information More Effective
Slide remote. Wireless presenter. You know, the clicker thing. While we can’t agree on a good name for the wireless, hand-held device used to advance slides during a presentation, we can agree that a good one can be a big help to your presentation. But what’s the best choice? After years of working … [Read more...] about Choosing A Slide Remote
A few years ago, my daughter Eleanor decided to participate in our county’s 4-H speech contest. I teach and write about public speaking for a living, and I have plenty of experience in it myself, but when my daughter looked and me and said, “I want to write a speech about Venus Fly Traps, but I … [Read more...] about Developing Strong Content
After over 15 years of teaching in college classrooms, I’ve seen many cringeworthy presentation aids. I’ve seen slide shows with so much crammed on them it would take me half an hour just to read through all the text on the screens. I’ve seen unrelated visuals used as backgrounds which only served … [Read more...] about 3 Tips for Using Presentation Media
4 years ago, I began speaking weekly to audiences of all size and ages. I was writing and delivering presentation after presentation and enjoying every second of it. About a year into this I decided it was time to step up my game a bit and put in some work to improve my skills, so I decided to … [Read more...] about How to Find your Presentation Voice
Thousands of presentations later and I still get that pit in my stomach every time I step on stage to present. Though I wish I could say after a while it just goes away the reality is that presentation anxiety is an emotion most great presenters experience. I would argue it is completely normal for … [Read more...] about Harnessing Presentation Anxiety