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At 2-Minute Talk Tips, I help people become more effective public speakers in as little as 2 minutes a week. If you have more than 2 minutes, stick around as I explore other strategies, tools, and topics relevant to public speakers.

At 2-Minute Talk Tips, I help people become more effective public speakers in as little as 2 minutes a week. If you have more than 2 minutes, stick around as I explore other strategies, tools, and topics relevant to public speakers.
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At 2-Minute Talk Tips, I help people become more effective public speakers in as little as 2 minutes a week. If you have more than 2 minutes, stick around as I explore other strategies, tools, and topics relevant to public speakers.






Episode 117 -- Understanding Audience Needs with Kim Baillie

2-Minute Tip: Practice Breathing Breathing is, of course, an essential step in speaking. After all, it's how we make sounds. But it's more than that. Getting adequate air into our lungs calms us down. It helps us counter act the nerves many speakers experience. It ensures our brain has the oxygen it needs to stay on task. And it enhances the volume and confidence with which we speak. To practice breathing: Do this exercise 5 times a day for several weeks and your body will get...


Episode 116 — Comedy, Speaking, and Podcasting with Phil Johnson

2-Minute Tip: Cross the Screw It Line We can prepare and prepare all we want, but at a certain point before a talk, we’ve done all that we can do. The anxiety we may feel in going out on stage is less helpful on stage. There comes a point, where we just have to say to ourselves, “Screw it.” (Or a less family friendly version of that). At that point it’s time to go execute. You’ve done everything you could to be ready. Once you get to that line, you have to trust that you’ve done...


Episode 115 — Less Doing with Ari Meisel

2-Minute Tip: Textiful One way to avoid overwhelming and stressing your audience is to make resources available after the fact and to let your audience know those resources will, in fact, be available. Ari Meisel recommends Textiful for this. With this tool, you can tell your audience to text a key phrase to a specific number. Now you have an automated dialog with the audience member. You can automatically email them your slides, add them to a newsletter mailing list, or set up other...


Episode 114 -- Speaking, Training, and ROI with John Rohe

2-Minute Tip — Remove Filler Words Filler or crutch words are the bane of many a speaker’s existence. The ums, ahs, likes, verys, you knows, and more clutter up our talks and conversation so much we don’t even notice them. They waste time, annoy the audience and distract from your message. So get rid of them. Easier said than done. One technique is to have a friend or colleague listen to you practice your talk and ring a bell every time they hear a filler word. Once you actually...


Episode 113 — Servant Leadership with Lyle Tard

2-Minute Tip — Tempo When things are going well or smoothly we often talk about being in a state of flow. We feel it in music; we feel it when we’re writing code; we feel it when we’re doing needlepoint; and we feel it on stage when we speak. Part of what drives that rhythm is finding the right tempo, or pace, for ourselves and hour talk. Tempo goes beyond just finishing on time (though that’s important, too). It’s about honing in on the natural way that you talk. If you naturally...


Episode 112 — Caring, Connection, and Touch with Richard Kauffman

2-Minute Tip: Caring is key People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. As with so many strategies for success in speaking, it often comes down to the audience. How well do you know them? How well do you connect with them? Most importantly, do they trust you? Try to connect with the audience and make them feel you care and are listening to them and their concerns. Once you have established that level of rapport, they are much more likely to believe you...


Episode 111 -- Theater Meets Public Speaking with Julia Wojnar

2-Minute Tip: Identify Your Biggest Take Away To deliver an effective presentation, first identify the biggest take away for the audience. If they remember only one thing, this is the thing it should be. To figure that out, start by doing a brain dump on a piece of paper or whiteboard. Then go through all theses random ideas that are in someway related to your topic. What stands out? Which ideas are most important? What themes keep popping up? As you do this, you'll likely discover...


Episode 110 -- Starting in the Deep End

2-Minute Tip: Build a Team Sometimes to get better, you may need help, and that's okay. Or do all of the above. Or some combination of them. The point is you can build expertise, or at the very least, competence in a skill by assembling your own team of experts. They can be in person or virtual. It can be a dialog or a 1-way process. But you don't have to do it all alone. There's a community there you can build or be a part of. Post Tip Discussion: Meet Sandy Weiner I think...


Episode 109 -- Failing to Success with Amy Lyle

2-Minute Tip: Challenge the Audience to Discover Truth Immediately challenge the audience to discover a truth about themselves that proves the premise of your talk. If the group knows that you have an appreciation or understanding of their personal (or business) situation, they will engage. As a bonus, make them laugh within the first 30 seconds. Post Tip Discussion: Meet Amy Lyle I always enjoy to talking to folks who follow a path similar to mine -- sales, training, speaking. The...


Episode 108 -- Digital Marketing Meets Public Speaking

2-Minute Tip: You Know Your Stuff Experienced speakers still feel anxiety and nerves before getting on stage, but there are a couple thing you can remind yourself of before you start speaking. First, you know your stuff. The reason you earned that stage is that you are a subject matter expert (SME). You're likely speaking about your work or your passion. Or you're presenting material you've studied. Sure, there might be a question, you can't answer, but that's okay. You don't have...


Episode 107 -- Purpose in the Palm of Your Hand

2-Minute Tip: Don't Memorize Memorizing your speech is generally a bad idea. You want to internalize it, not memorize it. There are 3 main problems with memorizing your talk. You want to practice and prepare of course. Memorizing word for word is not a good use of your time, though. Post-Tip Discussion: Speaking, Purpose, and Hand Analysis with Jayne Sanders I know that most members of my audience are career professionals looking to improve their speaking skills to advance...


Episode 106 -- A Life of Learning and Colorful Shirts with Richard Flint

2-Minute Tip: Create a Presence Live everyday to create a presence that has presence when you're not present. As a speaker, in order for your message to have impact, it has to be something that sticks with your audience when you are not there. You can do that by being a powerful, memorable speaker. But that's not the only way. Give clear guidance. Develop a simple, compelling message. Make sure your audience knows what you want them to do. Tell great stories. All these...


Episode 105 -- How Tantric Dating can make YOU a Better Speaker! (Not Really)

2-Minute Tip: Use Click Bait-ey Titles When you need a title for your talk, take a lesson from all those click-bait titles you see on Facebook and other social platforms. Make it short, compelling, and maybe a little edgy. When you promise a talk with the "5 Secrets to Successful Penguin Petting," you also have a built-in structure for your talk that will keep you on the right path. If you take this approach, though, make sure you deliver. You'll only get one shot. Post Tip...


Episode 104 -- Speaking, Sales, and Improv with Stuart Rice

2-Minute Tip: Don't Squander Water Cooler Talk After winning or losing a big sale in a store there's tendency to brag or vent to colleagues around a literal or metaphorical water cooler. It happens after a big talk, too. We celebrate the brilliance or decry the stupidity of an audience. Don't. It's not effective. It won't help you win or save more sales in the future. And it has the tendency to hurt morale and reinforce negative -- and counterproductive -- attitudes. Instead,...


Episode 103 -- Brandin' buildin' and Boomin' with Joe Apfelbaum

2-Minute Tip: Practice To be successful, there is no substitution for preparation. Practice. Rehearse. Prepare. And then practice some more. When you see speakers who make it look easy -- who effortlessly string together words and phrases and jokes and more -- it's usually not off the cuff. It's because they've practiced. Put in the time and know your stuff cold so that you can come up with it seamlessly when it's time to speak. That's one of the beautiful things about speaking....


Episode 102 -- Life Mapping with Tim Pahuta

2-Minute Tip: Scientist-Philosopher-Author To grow as a speaker, develop your path along 3 aspects. This is a framework you can use immediately to become more effective quickly. You have to be a scientist, a philosopher, and an author. Be a scientist and conduct experiments in your preparation and on stage. Figure out what works for you. What is the right level of energy? What gestures feel most natural? How do you relate most effectively with slides? You have to experiment to uncover...


Episode 101 -- Vulnerability While Speaking With Sasha Laghonh

2-Minute Tip: Seek out Vulnerability Vulnerability can be a powerful element in your speaking. Being vulnerable doesn't mean your weak. It's about having the confidence to acknowledge how you can grow today and how you have grown in the past. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable helps the audience connect with the most human aspects of your nature. Post Tip Discussion A lot of us got our first exposure to public speaking in school. It's a common theme that often sets the stage for...


Episode 100 -- Rock on with Pat Roque

2-Minute Tip: Evaluate and Connect Create a scoring sheet for your audience members, and ask them to complete in at the end of the talk. In the Learning and Development field, we call these smile sheets, and they are the first step in figuring out if training is effective. In a speaking context, they can be a little different. One approach is to build the form in three sections. Section 1 is a 5 category scoring rubric, and they audience members give you points in each 5 of those...


Episode 099 -- Be Authentic and Understand Temperament with Coach K

2-Minute Tip: Be Authentic Present in a way that is true to yourself. Your content needs to resonate with you first, or it won't resonate with your audience. When you can share a message that you are on board with, you can convincingly tell your story and you have the best opportunity to move your audience to take the action you want them to take. And isn't that the point of all this? Post Tip Discussion A lot of my guests appear on other podcasts -- shocking, I know. Every show and...


Episode 098 -- Skip the Welcome + Speaking & Preaching with Dylan Dodson

2-Minute Tip -- Tell a story to Open The beginning of a talk is when you have the maximum audience attention. Don't squander it welcomes, thank yous, and introductions. Instead, tell a story to engage your audience at the very start. Think about a band coming out on stage. They don't start with banter. They go right into a big opening number to get everyone excited for the rest of the show. Try the same thing with your audience. You can come back to introductions 3 or 4 minutes...