How often do your Teams calls get disrupted by background noise? You know, like when someone thinks they’re on mute, so talks to a person next to them.
And hands up if you’ve even watched swirling video of the ceiling – or worse! – from an attendee who didn’t realise their phone’s camera was on.
The latter’s what you might call “vulgar video” – and it’s
Luckily though, you can use little-known features in Teams to take back tech control. (That way, you and your audience get a
great experience – as you both deserve!)
What’s more, you can do so either during or
before your event. (And without nagging everyone to put themselves on mute.)
If you play a YouTube video in your talk, training, or Teams call, you can really engage people.
For example, a video lets you
For all those reasons, I wanted to play some clips in a couple of talks I gave lately. But I was at first put off by all the ads that tend to show up on YouTube clips.
In this post, you’ll see a quick way around the ads, without violating the terms of service by downloading the video or using an ad-blocker.
To learn more, you can click any of these headings – or, just scroll down :
You’ve probably heard that if you base most slides on bullet points, you’ll bore people. (Making you and your message less effective.)
But what can you do instead?
Well, below is a great
45-second clip of ideas for you :
That’s from design expert and Microsoft PowerPoint MVP
Nolan Haims. I love how he uses Morph transitions to walk you through 3 options to improve your bullet points :
Here’s what you’ll find in this post :
The trouble with Tableau
Help’s at hand!
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If you don’t
yet use Tableau (or a similar data visualisation tool, such as Power BI), chances are high that you may well in future. As businesses become more data-driven, I’d say presenters will use tools like Tableau more and more.
As a presenter, your role when you use Tableau is likely to be as either
an “author” – you build charts and other visualisations, then present them
a “viewer” – you purely
present visualisations built by an author
Either way, Tableau can become a core part of your toolkit
As an author, you can even use Tableau as your presentation software
As a viewer, you can easily export visualisations from Tableau to PowerPoint
But if you use Tableau, I’m betting you’ve had trouble understanding some parts of it. (I certainly have!)
Because fear of public speaking’s such a huge issue, any useful advice on it’s a great help – to speakers everywhere.
So I was
delighted to find a really helpful video on that topic from speaking coach Alex Lyon.
In fact, Alex posted a
pair of related videos in recent weeks.
In this post, I’ll focus on the 1
st of those, which looks at ways your mindset can help to reduce your fear of public speaking. The 2 nd video (which you’ll find at the end of this post) looks at ways your behaviour can help to lessen your nerves, too.
In the 1
st video, I love how Alex starts :
“These tips will help you
cut your anxiety in half”
Alex Lyon, at
What a winning way to open! He doesn’t claim you can crush your nerves
completely. And that distinction’s key to managing your fear – yet it’s all too easy to forget.
6-minute mindset video. (This clip skips his 40-second intro.)
For your easy reference, these are his
If you’re like me (and most other people), you’re fascinated by stories.
As a speaker, stories also help you to connect with, to deeply engage, and even to
transfix your audience.
But expert storyteller
Kindra Hall has a stern warning for you :
“There is one story you should never tell
– the story that makes you cry”
Kindra Hall, at
She goes on to say
“Crying in front of an audience
shows a lack of control and
is simply irresponsible
…You can tell I feel
strongly about that!”
Kindra Hall, at
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Have you heard of the “assertion-evidence approach” for making slides? It’s a simple, powerful, evidence-based approach to presenting your talk.
It was devised as a more effective way to
But you can also use its directness and clarity in business – to great effect. share scientific findings.
especially so when you present insights from analysing data. You know, like :
employee survey results.
What’s in this post?
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In a rush?
Watch the video ( 30 mins) or read the tips.
When you present online, the tips below will help set you up for success. They come from my friend
Eric Winters, who’s a coach, author, and international public speaker.
I love the metaphor Eric uses to explain why it’s hard work
watching an online talk :
“There’s a good reason they call it paying attention,
because you have to give up a lot of energy…
So if we want to help our audiences…
we need to lower the price”
of paying attention
Eric Winters – at
in the video 1:42
In his video below, Eric presents what he calls “
8½ tips” to elevate your online presentations. The clip’s about 30 minutes long, and he spends about 2-3 minutes discussing each tip.
Below the video, you’ll also find
a list of the tips
discussion of each one
useful links to help you build your skills.
As I think you’ll see – and as Eric’s live audience commented – this was a very engaging and helpful session
Here are Eric’s
8½ tips – click any of them to jump to the relevant part of my post :
When you’re preparing a data-rich talk, where could you learn to get your message across better?
In my opinion, you couldn’t do much better than watching the
55-minute video below, by Isaac Reyes. (The first 45 minutes or so consist of Isaac’s talk, and the rest is him answering questions.)
Isaac’s a data scientist, and the video’s from
(Open Data Science Conference). ODSC Europe 2018
The talk describes
these 4 keys of data storytelling :
If you look carefully, you can often from all learn great public-speaking tips kinds of places. (Not just from obvious ones, like courses.)
Let’s check out an example
can tell you my LinkedIn profile , I work at CommBank – Commonwealth Bank of Australia, also known as CBA.
were updated, so they’re now CommBank’s values in just succinctly expressed 3 words:
When I first heard those words, I was struck by how
well they work together. And as I reflected on exactly why that is, I realised it’s because they have these 3 traits: