When you see a courtroom drama on T.V. or in a movie, you see both the prosecutor and the defendant’s lawyers pleading their cases. You hear arguments from both sides as to what happened and why. You see forensic experts go over the evidence to explain it. As viewers, the more evidence we see, the […]

There are many remarkable people in Toastmasters. One of the most remarkable people I’ve met is Marc Williams. Marc was a finalist in the 2014 World Championship speech contest. Why is he remarkable? Not because he was very coachable when working on the contest speech and dumping his final speech to create a completely new […]

Truman Burbank: “Was nothing real?” Christof: “You were real. That’s what made you so good to watch…” In the 1998 movie The Truman Show, an interesting premise was set up that I think can help presenters tell better stories. Truman Burbank, the main character played by Jim Carrey, was in his own reality TV show […]

When you think of the word addiction, it usually evokes very negative connotations. Dictionary.com defines it as follows: “Noun: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.” Are there positive connotations? Do […]

Presentation visuals are important, but how important? Does their quality mean life or death? They could. While waiting my turn to speak at a physician’s conference, I watched one of the presenters before me. He was a physician teaching how to do an emergency C-Section. He used a slide that read, “24, 4, A Scalpel, […]

The audience was small. The senator who was presenting before me walked out into the audience, pulled out a small pad of paper, and asked the physicians in the audience what questions they had for him. He called it “town meeting style.” He wanted to make sure he covered exactly what they were interested in. […]

Have you ever walked into a presentation and seen right away that the setting would be a challenge? What did you do? How did you remedy the situation? Everyone who is involved in putting together an event has a different agenda. Some people involved in creating the setting have never had to give a presentation. […]

I love seeing serious people come to our boot camps again and again. They remind me of the hunger I had when I started my speaking career in the early 90’s. Whenever we are pursuing a dream or making a change in our lives, it takes qualified knowledge and the application of that knowledge. Without […]

Do you use the stage on purpose? If you are not using the stage “on purpose,” you are probably not nearly as effective as you could be. In fact, you are probably doing a disservice to your audience by diluting the impact of your message. Great presenters use the stage to help them clarify their […]

After a decade of coaching speakers at all levels, one of the most common mistakes I see is presenters moving without purpose. More specifically, I see speakers move because of their own anxiety rather than to clarify their message. Most presenters think that if they use stage left and stage right equally, they are fine. […]