Category Archives: SpeakerQuestions™

SpeakerQuestion: What if “less” is not enough?

A recent Professionally Speaking webinar: Don’t Make Me Think: Presentations Skills That Achieve Results, included some great questions from participants. One question centered around organizing content and drilling it down to 3-5 main points. One participant requested additional advice on … Continue reading

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SpeakerQuestion: How do I go about concluding a Q&A discussion?

All too often, a question and answer session ends with the speaker or emcee saying: OK, we are out of time No more questions, let’s move on Well, that’s it Consider using these two tips next time you facilitate Q&A: … Continue reading

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SpeakerQuestion: What is the #1 thing I need to do when I present?

I really had to give this one some thought…there are so many things to consider. However when it comes down to it, to be an effective presenter one must project a sense of confidence when speaking. An effective presenter is … Continue reading

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SpeakerQuestion: Can I have a plant in my audience?

Need a bit of reassurance? It’s perfectly OK to ask a friend or colleague in the audience to nod when you make eye contact to remind you how well you’re doing. A little validation goes a long way to making … Continue reading

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SpeakerQuestion: What are the absolute DO NOT’s when you step up to speak?

There are many do’s and don’ts when it comes to public speaking, but here is a secret that can absolutely change the level of engagement with your audience. As you invite your listeners to ask questions or make comments, DO … Continue reading

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SpeakerQuestion: How do I use back-up slides if the audience wants more detail?

If back up slides are needed to provide additional detail, you want to follow the same protocol as you used with your primary slides — glance & grab.  Assuming that any back-up slides contain information relevant to what you are … Continue reading

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SpeakerQuestion: How do you adjust your message when your time is cut in half?

Don’t panic! This is when having a clear core message and 2-5 main points to guide your presentation really pays off!  With this level of clarity, when you learn you have 15 minutes to deliver what was to be a … Continue reading

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