Uh Oh! Are those storm clouds on the horizon?
Graduation season is here and schools around the country are vying for the best commencement speakers. For four years seniors have looked forward to their day in the sun when they will receive their hard-earned diplomas. But they may get sun showers instead.
Have a Contingency Plan
If you’re traveling out-of-town to speak at a commencement, or a business conference, you can’t control the weather but you can be prepared if it rains. …Read more…
The polished speaker you heard at the last industry conference you attended very likely went through presentation training. But do you remember how embarrassed you were for another speaker at that same conference who flubbed his remarks?
The second speaker also had coaching, so what went wrong?
Don’t Belittle Your Speakers
Going through presentation training with a coach is an intense experience. Speakers, no matter what their position, are often vulnerable in a learning situation. …Read more…
If you’ve ever attended a conference, you’ve probably witnessed a keynoter being upstaged by his introducer who goes on…and on…and on.
But nobody is squirming more uncomfortably than the speaker, who is listening to the equivalent of his premature obituary.
Approve Your Introduction
Speakers devote great attention to their keynote speeches or acceptance remarks — as well they should — but the first words on the stage come from someone else: the person introducing them. An introducer who is unprepared will …Read more…
The recent incident where an ESPN on-air reporter was caught cursing out a tow truck company cashier shouldn’t have made news, but it did. That’s because her outburst was captured on a surveillance camera and a video of the incident soon went viral.
You also never know who might be watching and recording your every move with one of the wildly popular streaming video apps: Periscope and Meerkat, owned by Twitter. …Read more…