• Nov 17
    2021
    Have you ever sat in an audience, either in person or virtually, and said to yourself, “Wow, that speaker really looks and sounds like they know what they’re talking about and seems very convincing. I wish I could look and sound as confident.”? Even the news anchors we watch nightly appear to have done their homework about the subjects they are reporting on, thus giving us confidence and trust that ...
  • Dec 08
    2020
    Situation: Have you ever been told you talk too much with your hands? Perhaps someone said to you, “If we tied your hands together, you couldn’t talk.” During my one on one coaching engagements with executives, I routinely get asked, “What do I do with my hands?” When it comes to hand gestures during presentations, most people fall at either end of the spectrum. They either barely move their hands ...
  • Oct 26
    2020
    Have you ever been in a meeting, virtual or face-to-face, and suddenly found yourself being put on the spot by a question or by being asked for your input? Is it just me, or does this invariably seem to happen during the 30 seconds you “space out” from time-to-time during meetings? Or with the recent rise in remote working, rather than being “spaced out”, you were distracted by a barking ...
  • Oct 15
    2020
    We’ve all attended meetings or presentations, both virtual and in-person, and left wondering what was that all about or why was I asked to be an attendee? If you’ve suffered through one or more of those, or perhaps worse, conducted one of those, then there probably wasn’t much thought put into the preparation stage of the meeting or presentation. By considering the following checklist, you’re more likely to have a ...
  • Sep 29
    2020
    With so many virtual meetings these past several months, a number of behaviors are becoming very noticeable. One behavior is the tendency for the facilitator to look at the face of the person on their computer screen asking a question, or they’re looking elsewhere. When that happens, it often appears as though the meeting leader is distracted or uninterested in the question or questioner. This often sets a negative tone ...
  • Sep 09
    2020
    We’ve all attended virtual meetings these past several months and it looks like we will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. In every meeting, whether it’s virtual or face-to-face, the challenge for the speaker is to keep the attendees engaged. The challenge for the attendees is to stay engaged. Fostering engagement begins before the meeting even starts. Begin by connecting your content to your audience. What do they ...
  • Aug 26
    2020
    A quick glance into the flight deck of any commercial airplane and one can be overwhelmed by the number of different dials, lights, instruments and equipment. The more sophisticated the aircraft, the more training necessary for successful outcomes for each flight. The same is true for managing a large virtual audience. The presenter (the pilot) must be interesting, organized, and informative while addressing technology issues; trying to stay on time; ...
  • Aug 03
    2020
    It’s difficult enough holding your audience’s attention in virtual meetings/presentations because of all the potential distractions each attendee faces. Nowadays, they are in their home or home office surrounded by all their “stuff.” In addition, they may have to contend with children demanding their time, pets wanting attention, ringing telephones, running dishwashers, deliveries at the door, or a multitude of other distractions. With all the potential chaos each attendee may ...