A TV Interview With Another Guest is Like Ballroom Dancing

When you’re invited to appear on a TV talk show you may be sharing the spotlight with another guest. That might be your co-author of a book, a celebrity new-product spokesperson, your business partner or a medical expert.

Once you get on television, the exchange between you and a second spokesperson needs to be choreographed, like ballroom dancing. A media trainer can help you to practice your routine until you’re totally in step.

You’re both there for your knowledge and experience. More often than not, the producer may pair you with an expert of his choice. The conversation should be balanced between the two of you. You want to appear as a dynamic, cohesive team. One person shouldn’t dominate the conversation; you both bring information and expertise to the interview. …Read more…

How to Write an Impromptu Speech

Writing an impromptu speech isn’t a non sequitur, though it may seem contradictory.

Impromptu Speech

Improptu Speech

While you don’t have time to write down your thoughts if you’re called on to say something extemporaneously, you do want to make a positive impression.

The secret is to prepare in advance so you’re ready with your “impromptu” remarks.

Tell Me About Yourself

“Tell me about yourself” is one of the questions that people fear the most. It’s usually the first “surprise” question you’ll get in a job interview, or when meeting a prospective client in a new business pitch…or even in a media interview. Don’t start sweating. Instead, take a breath and then respond with the key points you had prepared in advance because you expected that opener. …Read more…

Do You Have the Leadership Skills to Replace a Baby Boomer?

Much has been written about Baby Boomers beginning to retire. Make way for the Millennials!Leadership Skills for Millennials

If you are a professional climbing the career ladder, listen to your elders – and this is said in a most respectful way. Boomers joke about hiding their grey hairs, but know they have a responsibility to mentor new leaders.

Many young people, for their part, are uncomfortable because they don’t want to be viewed as not presenting themselves professionally and lacking leadership skills. …Read more…

Reports of PowerPoint’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated*

It’s become a joke to get up after a boring presentation and tell someone you experienced “death by PowerPoint”. But don’t think PowerPoint is going away anytime soon as a presentation format, despite what you read or hear.

In an earlier post we discussed the logistics of preparing for a presentation. In this post, you will find tips on how to create a PowerPoint presentation that will have people on their feet – applauding you and not heading for the door.

The Growth of Webinars

PowerPoint has no doubt grown in usage because of the huge popularity of webinars — for web-based seminars. Many presenters who are procrastinators find PowerPoint presentations easier to create last-minute than old-fashioned slides that required more work and a longer lead time. …Read more…