Don’t Eat the Microphone When Delivering a Presentation

Business conferenceYou slaved over preparing your talk, practiced hard, and no one in the audience heard you.

Sometimes it’s the simple things that will trip you up when you’re delivering a speech or presentation, like not using a microphone. And it is pretty easy to create the same problem in a virtual presentation where you are the actor, director and producer.

Pre-pandemic, a board member of Lincoln Center was moderating a panel in a very noisy venue and he began by stating, “I can speak loudly so I won’t use the microphone.” A chorus of “No’s” greeted his remark! He was lucky because his audience saved him the embarrassment of not being heard. …Read more…

Without Communication Skills You Can’t be an Effective Manager

Becoming a manager

Becoming a manager

Many individuals are elevated to manager without knowing what it takes to be a manager. When organizations cut budgets they frequently consider alleged “soft skills,” like management and communications training, to be expendable.

However, the truth is that this type of training could be more essential to the success of a manager and his organization than anything else. …Read more…

If the Audience Isn’t Ready for Your Message Watch Out for the Tomatoes

You’ve probably never been on the receiving end of rotten tomatoes thrown at you by a hostile audience. But most presenters have had the unfortunate experience of starting to speak and sensing the audience’s hostility. It’s palpable. So do you ignore it and just push ahead with your presentation?

Timing is Crucial

Timing is Crucial

Timing is Crucial

If you’re ever in a situation where you know you’re losing your audience by their body language and lack of responsiveness, it’s pointless to keep going with the presentation you had planned.

Some time ago I had that kind of experience. We were asked to present to a group of Brazilians who were in the U.S. for a conference. The audience of some 200 business executives was sitting there with their arms crossed, grim faced and obviously not the slightest bit interested. …Read more…

Do You Know What Your Audience Wants From Your Presentation?

audience 2One of the lessons learned from our many coaching sessions is this: don’t allow yourself to get complacent and think you can do the same old, same old as you plan your speaking engagements and media interviews.

Analyzing Your Audience

Speakers often go wrong by not doing a thorough audience analysis. …Read more…