Mind the Gap

Those first few moments of your presentation are critical. Gaps/delays between speakers, or a gap between your introduction and the start of your presentation can result in the audience’s attention wandering. I was at a conference recently in which there was a delay between the speaker introduction and the beginning of the presentation … for every lecture!  Following the introduction, the presenter had to wait for the first slide, or find their own presentation on the computer desktop and open the PowerPoint file. It was like the curtain going up and having no one on stage. One thing that a speaker can do in this situation is to make sure the… Read More

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Is this thing on?

Have you ever been to a presentation in which the presenter struggled with using a microphone?  Maybe their voice faded in and out, or there was background noise, or maybe you were distracted by the presenter’s own discomfort? Here is some helpful tips so that you can avoid some of the mic pitfalls. As a presenter there are generally three microphone (mic) types that you may encounter: the podium mic, the handheld mic, and the wireless lapel mic (sometimes referred to a lavalier mic). The least favorable type from an audience engagement perspective is the podium (lectern) mic.  The podium is a visual/physiological barrier between you and your audience and… Read More

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Lighting strikes twice… is there a “Doctor in the House?”

Sometimes when a large group of people gather to attend a concert, sporting event, or a corporate event (etc), you may hear the call “Is there a doctor in the house?” I was attending a large corporate event in Orlando when it happened during a presentation with an audience of 2,500 people.    The presentation was about the military hospital in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The presentation had some graphic images of the horrendous injuries soldiers and civilians receive from landmines and IEDs (improvised explosive device). The presenter described the incredible skill and effort involved in saving the lives and limbs of the (fortunate) people who make it to the hospital alive.… Read More

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