Do you make this #1 mistake when you present online?

no polls!What’s your most precious resource? Think about it for a second.

Don’t spend long though, because I’d say:

The answer’s your time!

It’s precious because it’s a finite resource for which competition is fiercer than ever.

No prizes, then, for guessing what your audience’s most precious resource is. Yup, they’re time-hungry too, just like you and me.

So what’s the number-1 mistake presenters make, especially online? Continue reading

When you speak, how often and how long should you pause? Best answer: “Try 1-2-3”

pause when presenting 1-2-3You might have heard public-speaking experts recommend pausing when you’re presenting. But how often – and for how long – should you pause during your talk? Continue reading

Secret #2 of star presenters: @ConnieDieken on confidence [Video]

When you speak in public, do you speak boldly? According to Connie Dieken, former news anchor and author of Talk Less, Say More, speaking boldly is one of 3 ways you can avoid stumbling for words.

In her 4-minute video below, she says:

“Either deliver [your talk] boldly or stay home”

If you’d like to see Connie’s quote in context, you can either skip to the relevant part (3’07”) of her video on YouTube, or watch some or all of the 4-minute clip right here:


Connie’s quote really struck a chord

Connie’s quote really struck a chord with me personally, because after my most recent speech at Toastmasters, the evaluator had encouraged me to speak more boldly, for more impact.

Building confidence as a speaker is one of the main reasons many people join Toastmasters – it was certainly my main reason. And because fear of public speaking is so common, it’s highly likely you want to be a more confident speaker, too.

What can you do, then, to build your confidence and speak more boldly?
For a start, try these 6 tips:
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How consistent should you make your slides? (I say “Go for cohesion instead”)

Has anyone ever said you should make your slides more consistent? What was the issue, and how did you respond? (I’d love you to leave a comment at the end of this post with your own thoughts and experiences on consistency.)

Last week, speaking coach Susan Trivers wrote a short post called Avoid uniformity for the sake of uniformity. It resonated so much with me – and consistency is probably a hot topic for you too – so I hope you find both this post and Susan’s helpful.

Susan wrote:

“During a recent discussion …people were pushing for [several slides’] titles to read either Improvements or Innovations, even though what was being proposed [on the slides] were neither all of one or all of the other.”

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Here’s the RIGHT way to show your company logo on your slides – Be distinctive (not dismissive)

distinctive full-size logo slideDo you use a PowerPoint template with your brand’s logo on every slide? If so: Yikes!

Having your logo on every slide just creates “blur”, or noise. By that I mean it subtly distracts your audience, because it doesn’t help them to understand or remember your specific message.

Don’t just take my word for it, though – these 3 experts make the same point:

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Secret #1 of star presenters: @NancyDuarte & your grandma

What does author and star presenter Nancy Duarte say about presenting – and about your grandmother?

Well just last month, on the Harvard Business Review (HBR) blog network, Nancy wrote:

“If [people] can’t follow your ideas, they won’t adopt them.
…If your grandmother wouldn’t understand what on earth
you’re talking about, rework your message.”

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Toastmasters vs. Speaking Circles – what are their strengths?

Odds are, you want to improve your public speaking – no matter what your skill level is. Happily you’ve several options, one of the best-known being Toastmasters. (If it’s new to you, you can watch how Toastmasters meetings work in a professional video.)

A second option is Speaking Circles, first founded in the US by Lee Glickstein. You can read chapter 1 of Lee’s book Be Heard Now! online. I thought the chapter was extremely intriguing and appealing, so in this post I’ll highlight the key differences between the Toastmasters and Speaking Circles approaches. Continue reading

6 of the world’s best blogs for presenters

If you’re looking for world-class blogs to help you present, here are 6 of the very best

  • Speaking About Presenting

  • Screenshot of “Speaking About Presenting”
    Blogger: Olivia Mitchell
    Posting frequency: Sadly there’ve been no new posts since February 2012 – but the site has years of archives, and Olivia is still publishing readers’ comments.

    To me, Speaking About Presenting has some of the world’s best content on the topic, and also includes many useful comments from other top bloggers. Two of the blog’s real strengths are that the content is so concise, and so well thought out. Continue reading

Revealed: Who uses this blog most? (1st birthday news at Remote Possibilities)

As I write, this week marks the 1st anniversary of the Remote Possibilities blog. It’s you who (with other visitors from over 120 countries) have made this project successful, by reading, Liking, linking, commenting, subscribing, tweeting, and otherwise sharing the content. So to you and all the other visitors who’ve made this venture so worthwhile, I say:

Thank You!

Visitors to this blog – top 20 countries

I thought you might be interested to see where most visitors come from, so here’s a chart of the top 20 countries. Click it if you’d like to zoom in. (WordPress just started publishing country stats in February, so the chart relates to the last 9 months, rather than all 12.)

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Awesome opening lines: 20+ more examples for your speeches, from Patricia Fripp (Certified Speaking Professional)

For neat ideas for your next talk’s opening line, here’s a great free resource. It’s a 2-page PDF packed with almost 30 opening lines by Patricia Fripp, CSP – former president of the National Speakers’ Association in the US.

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