Category Performance

A Scary Halloween Tale: The Lavatory Lecturer

Let’s get in the Halloween spirit with a spooky tale of a presentation that would gross out even Freddy Krueger. The conference speaker in question scared the wits out of everyone in her audience when she took a restroom break, resulting the dreaded “oops” moment, Yup, she forgot to turn off her microphone. The Parade […]

Slide Show No-nos

Using slides during your presentations is strictly a matter of personal preference. If you find them useful in a particular situation and you feel comfortable with the equipment, great. If you are frightened by your laptop or simply don’t care for the technology, keep it out of your repertoire. Here is a handy list of […]

Five FAQs About Public Speaking

As I go about my rounds, I hear lots of questions about the art of public speaking. Here are some of the most common queries, complete with answers. I don’t like speaking in public. Do I have to do it? Of course not. We all have different strengths and preferences. If you hate the limelight, […]

Handling Hecklers

Today’s entry is based on one of the 20 case studies in my position paper, “Beyond the Bottom Line: 20 Ways to Reduce Reputational Risk.” The risk Protesters disrupt your news conference The Background You’ve got the right spokespeople on the podium, prepped them with your message, and spread the word about your news conference. What […]

Back to Basics: The Three Keys to Great Presentations II

This post is a follow up to the last topic: A back to the basics look at the final two of The Three Keys to Great Presentations. The second of the Three Keys, Performance, offers you a chance to blend substance and style into a convincing speaking combination. Performance is much more than a matter […]

I Command You to Look Natural

One of the hardest things for public figures to do is to look natural when someone tells them, “Look natural.” For proof, look no further than a recent photo of the GOP presidential candidates that appeared in The Washington Post. Every one of these public figures is accustomed to the spotlight’s glare. They deliver high-powered […]

It Is What It Is

Whether talking to a reporter or delivering a presentation, colorful language is recommended (no, not the kind of colorful language George Carlin used to describe the seven magic words). Rather, the use of anecdotes, analogies, alliteration, and the like helps spice up your media interviews and speeches. Just be careful not to go overboard. One […]