Listen to your Audience

A man using presentation skills training while up on stage

In any and every presentation, your audience will tell you how far you can take it, and where you can’t take it. You’re job is to listen. I know that sounds counter-intuitive because during the presentation you’re the one doing the talking. But you also have to listen from the front of the room. Last weekend, I served as the master of ceremony for the Baltimore Ravens Cheerleader Tryouts. Hold the tough job jokes, please. Spending the better part of … Continue reading

Control Yourself, Not the Media

A Media Coaching Camera recording

You can’t control the media, and, for the most part, you can’t control how a camera person shoots you in an interview, but you can always control yourself in a TV interview. Any time you sit down for a TV interview, don’t wait for the interviewer or the camera person to tell you that the camera is rolling. Presume it is on. Once you sit in front of a TV camera and put on a microphone you surrender control. Ethically, … Continue reading

Improving your Presentation Skills Means Taking the Right Steps

I might qualify as the worst dancer in the world, but I dance better than I did two weeks ago. For my wife’s birthday, I bought ballroom dance lessons for the two of us. It’s a blast. We have a great time, and every week I get a little better, I expand my confidence, and I add few new steps to my small, but growing, repertoire of dances. I point all this out not so you’ll take pity on my wife … Continue reading

Body Language and Communication Gaps

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “Your actions speak so loudly, I can’t hear a word you say.” He was speaking about character. He could have just as easily been speaking about presentation skills. You can put all the energy in the world into what you want to say in your presentation–and you should put energy into this–but if you show no emotion what so ever with your body language, then don’t expect to move people. I like to say to … Continue reading