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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 087 -- Choose Your Headline and Meet Scott Charlston

2-Minute Tip: Choose Your Headline As you frame your talk, make sure you choose the headline for it. Flip through a newspaper or magazine and look at the headlines. Their job is to give you a little bit of information in a way that is compelling enough that you want to read more. They have to be short. They can be funny, But when you define the headlines for your talk, you also need it to get people to come see you and give you their time. Think about your headline as the kind of thing...


Episode 086 -- Incorporate Excellence and Brevity

2-Minute Tip: Incorporate, Don't Emulate A movie that's inspired by a true story takes elements of that story and creates its own thing from it to move the audience. It doesn't attempt to duplicate the original story itself because that would be a documentary and not a theatrical tale. Both the original story and the entertaining film can be excellent things, but they are different things. When we try to be more effective speakers, one thing we do is watch excellent speakers. That's a...


Episode 085 -- Take a Beat and Tips on Apologies

2-Minute Tip: Take a Beat Have you ever noticed that a speaker will step up to their speaking spot (fancy technical term there), look down, then up, scan the room silently, and then start speaking? They're taking a moment to prep themselves for the talk they are about to deliver. While that whole ritual may be a little much, there is value in taking a moment to take a breath and plant your feet before speaking. It gives you the opportunity to shift from prep mode into speaking mode....


Episode 084 -- Control the Lights and 9 Ways to Get More Speaking Time

2-Minute Tip: Control the Lights An important part of room setup is the lighting. You want folks to see you and any visual aids you are using without straining them selves so lighting matters. What does good lighting look like? Well, it depends. If you are using a data projector, you likely need to minimize sunlight and dim the lights near the screen while keeping the rest of the room well lit. In an auditorium, you may get better results dimming the lights above the audience to...


Episode 083 -- Note Something Interesting and The Six Ps of Presenting

2-Minute Tip: Note Something interesting Everyday It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking we are not creative. Or that we have nothing to say beyond the basics of our message. Or that writer's block is impenetrable. Or that we are just going to bore our audience. That can happen because we take our own experiences for granted. We think our lives are just boring or normal. The reality is we all have a unique assortment of experiences -- some big and some small. We just forget about...


Episode 082 -- Act as If and Impostor Syndrome

2-Minute Tip: Act as If When you are nervous, or think you don't see,m confident, don't tell yourself not to be nervous or just be more confident. That rarely works; it usually just makes things worse. Instead, think about other speakers you know who don't appear nervous (they might actually be). How do the act? Can you adopt some of those behaviors? Try to act like you're not nervous. The more you act like you're comfortable, the more likely you'll feel comfortable. The brain wants...


Episode 081 -- Be Alive and Meet 16-Year Old Entrepreneur Bilal Moin

2-Minute Tip: Be Alive When giving a talk, focus less on scripted words, especially those scripted by someone else. Speak instead from you mind, from your heart, and from your soul. When you do that you can fully engage the ethos, pathos, and logos you need to make a compelling argument. Post Tips Discussion: Meet Bilal Moin Bilal Moin is a 16-year old student and entrepreneur from Mumbai. He is the founder and CEO of 2 companies, one called The MUNkey Business and another called...


Episode 080 -- Thread a Story Through your Talk and Meet Diana Wink

2-Minute Tip: Thread a story through your talk Figure out how to tell a story in your talk. Story telling is a powerful tool and is a great way to engage your audience from the moment you step in front of the crowd. Don't stop at opening with the story, though. Weave that same story through your talk and keep coming back to it, either to reference it or to advance it. It provides a simple, entertaining way for your audience to remain engaged while you speak and to better understand the...


Episode 079 -- Know You Can Do It and Meet Dr. Denise Vaughan

2-Minute Tip -- Know You can do It The first thing to know about a talk is that this IS something you can do. You can get out on stage. You can move around deliberately to make the points that you want to make. If you're not comfortable with eye contact, that's fine. You can come up with a solution. But regardless of the challenges, go into it knowing that you can do this. Post Tip Discussion -- Meet Denise Vaughan Denise and I were both members of the Carroll College Talking...


Episode 078 -- Focus on Feeling and Meet Hilary Billings

[bctt tweet="'I'm all about trying to live my life to the fullest. You only get one, right? So, do all the things.' -- @hilary_Billings #publicspeaking" username="CurrentlyBill"] 2-Minute Tip: Focus on how you make your audience feel [bctt tweet="'I'm all about trying to live my life to the fullest. You only get one, right? So, do all the things.' -- @hilary_Billings #publicspeaking" username="CurrentlyBill"] Hilary tells us about her experience interviewing mega-star interviewer,...


Episode 077 -- Influence One Person and Meet Patricia Missakian

2-Minute Tip Influencing dozens or hundreds or thousands of people can be intimidating. That's a lot of work, and it's a lot of minds to change. So how do you do that when the public speaking jitters start rattling your stomach? Don't. Think about influencing one person in your audience, instead. Then that person can influence others and help spread your message. The interesting thing about this mindset is that the bigger the crowd, the less intimidating the goal. Influencing one...


Episode 076 -- Make Eye Contact and Meet Social Media Consultant Louise Brogan

2-Minute Tip: Make Eye Contact Making eye contact with your audience is a great way to show them that you care and are interested in their success. It's much more effective than looking down and a script or shuffling note cards around. Bonus Tip: Watch the Air Quality Before you go someplace to speak, check the air quality in the city. A simple web search should bring up the latest data. For example, the air quality in Seattle right now is 153. That's unhealthy. Good air quality is...


Episode 075 -- Write Your Thoughts Down and Meet Magician Victoria Mavis

2-Minute Tip: Write it Down In the run up to a talk, our minds can go all over the place. Thoughts come and go, and it can get pretty loud inside our heads. It becomes hard to focus on what we need to do and to be present like we ought to be to maximize our success. One way to deal with this is to write down all those thoughts on a piece (or pieces) of paper. That gets them out of your head and your brain can let them go since you can deal with them later if you choose. I find...


Episode 074 -- Use a Checklist and Thoughts on Crowd Size

2-Minute Tip: Use a Checklist Everyday, thousands of airline pilots around the world pull out the same task list them read hundred or thousands of times and it out loud to their colleague. Even though they have the whole thing memorized by now, they still refer back to that list to nearly guarantee they don't forget anything. The consequences of failure are huge. Forgetting one thing can cost hundreds of lives and millions of dollars in damage. So the use a check list. The consequences...


Episode 073 -- Connect with your Audience and Meet NursePreneur Catie Harris

2-Minute Tip: Connect with your Audience Often you don't need to adopt a high energy approach and dance around the stage. Focus instead on making a connection with your audience. Share stories. Help them see the things they have in common with you. That makes your presentation more credible and memorable. Post Tip Discussion: Meet NursePreneur Catie Harris I connected initially with Catie Harris through the work I do with Strokecast. Catie has a background in nursing,...


Episode 072 -- Use a Big Face and How to Memorize a Speech

2-Minute Tip Much of the communication we have with folks is non-verbal, and facial expressions play a big part in that. When we conduct a presentation, though, we lose much of that subtlety because we are further from our audience. Instead of 2 feet away we are 10 or 20 feet away. To make up for that, we need to use much bigger and more dramatic facial expressions. Smile bigger. Open your eyes wider. Exaggerate your head tilt. In practice it may feel like you are going too far...


Episode 071 -- Zoom In and Read Ted Talks: The Official Guide to Public Speaking

2-Minute Tip: Zoom In With you present during a webinar, there are lots of things to consider. I talked about several of them way back in Episode 014. This week, I add to that list by suggesting you zoom in the web cam tighter on your face. This will block some of the clutter in your background and it will make it easier for the camera to focus and get the exposure right. Plus it helps emphasize the personal connection folks try to achieve by being on camera. That doesn't mean...


Episode 070 -- Speak about your Fire and Meet Dr. Melissa Bird

2-Minute Tip -- Know the thing that lights you on fire Melissa Bird explains that the key to success is to know what lights you on fire. When you know that fire and can speak to your passion, it becomes so much easier to let your voice through regardless of the audience size. But how do you figure out what your fire is if you don't already know? Here's where I think pen and paper and a quiet corner or coffee shop can help. Give yourself 15 minutes and write down the answers to...


Episode 069 -- 3 Tips and Meet Pradeepa Narayanaswamy

2-Minute Tip: 3-Fer This week's tip comes from our special guest, Pradeepa Narayanaswamy and is a 3-pack of tips. check out Amy Cuddy's work Post Tip Discussion: Meet Pradeepa Narayanaswamy Pradeepa is a corporate trainer, speaker, and fertility coach whose mission in life is "to help men's women's, and couples' infertility journey suck less." We talk about how she group up in the public speaking world, first learning by watching her father, and later being coached by him when...


Episode 068 -- Raise Your Energy and Meet Melanie Childers

2-Minute Tip: Raise Your Energy One of the most powerful things you can do to conduct an effective presentation is to raise your energy and dominate your stage. There are a lot of ways you can do that. You can channel your inner Lady Gaga or try running in place. Regardless of how you do it, a high energy level will put you in a position to let your message burst through. Post-Tip Discussion: Meet Melanie Childers Melanie is a coach focused on helping progressive women run for...