How in the world can you prepare to be spontaneous? It can be done, and it is actually simpler than you think. Let’s look at a case study from this past weekend at my church. I was pleasantly surprised when Jake, one of the pastors, asked me to volunteer to do an improvisational skit for […]

Major project, major stress, ugh! When you work on a major project or a new speech, what thoughts go through your head about completing it? Where is your focus? What is really important? Consider what really goes through you head. Your thoughts control the outcome and the quality of your end result. I had been […]

People say it in different ways. Some use words but have no meaning behind them. Some don’t use words at all but mean it even more. They show it with their actions or with their eyes. What am I talking about? The message: “I love you.” Sometimes as presenters we are not only teaching new […]

Ever been in a bit of a rut? Wonder how to get out of it? Consider what I did: look in the mirror. LOL. Lately I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut. Things are moving along, nothing to complain about, just not feeling great about my progress. Frankly, I’ve been feeling a bit […]

Right now, before you read another word, look around you. What do you see? If you are at home, what is behind you? If you are out and about, reading this on a mobile device, look up and back. What do you see? Look closer; that is your backdrop. Is it conducive to your learning? […]

You can thank TED or blame TED. Things are changing in the speaking world, and it’s not so much the change in technology as it is the change in format. I hear more and more people talking about TED Talks. Even my 21-year-old nephew watches TED Talks but only knows about Toastmasters because of me. […]

Have you ever been impatient? Ever wonder if some of your goals will ever come to fruition? Me, too. Perhaps you remember being a newbie at a professional association and seeing the mentors on stage in front of the group. Maybe, somewhere in the back of your mind, a tiny little dream seed was planted, […]

When you look at this sidewalk light, what do you see? If it were not in the center of the picture, would you even notice it? Most people probably would not, not at first anyway. We’d probably notice first the city of San Diego in the background, the water, and the beach. Let’s take a […]

“Raise your hand if you would like to be a world-class presenter.” Whenever I give a presentation these days, I ask that very question. Most of the audience members raise their hand. Would you? I believe every presenter can be world-class. I think every presenter wishes they were. The bigger question is, are they willing […]

When putting a presentation together, too many people try to write the whole thing out as their first step. If your presentations are based on a slide presentation deck, you know the crutch of putting a new one together by taking a previous version of the slide deck and simply tweaking it. Guilty? I know […]