6th January, 2014 - Posted by janebeard

  Poor Michael Bay. Poor audience who thought they were going to hear from the world-famous film director. He had just started to address a huge audience at the annual Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas today, when disaster struck — and he made all the wrong choices. The CES is a must-see meeting for […] Read More

The ONE THING Audiences Want

29th September, 2013 - Posted by janebeard

Statistics tell us that, every day, there are 11 million meetings in the US. That means at least 20+ million people A DAY are listening to presentations that they don’t want to hear, that don’t make the most of the time allotted and don’t drive to actual business-supporting outcomes. That’s because too many speakers create […] Read More

Heart Breaking

12th September, 2013 - Posted by janebeard

The other morning, I was flying home from a meeting in Las Vegas. I sat next to a man who looked decidedly low. There are two usual reasons for looking low on the plane leaving Las Vegas, but neither seemed to apply. He didn’t seem hung over, and he didn’t look like he’d lost the […] Read More

No Points for Style

16th August, 2013 - Posted by janebeard

The 1999 way of presenting gives you lots of points for style. Are your slides peppy? Check! Do you have words zinging in and out and things spinning around? Do you have sound effects? Check! Are you paying a lot of attention to body language and posture? Are you vanquishing all your “ums” and “uhs”? […] Read More

All Things to All People

26th July, 2013 - Posted by janebeard

You know, intellectually, that you can’t be all things to all people. But most people (including yours truly) sometimes forget this truth. The result is a talk that’s flabby, full of generalities and caveats, and a total time sink. As much as we want everyone to like us, you’re better off aiming at the slice […] Read More

Foolproof Way To Get Applause on Introductions

10th July, 2013 - Posted by janebeard

Most people introduce the next speaker the way they address an envelop: “Joe Blank, Insert Title Here.” The problem is, a big audience will want to start applauding when they hear the name of the next speaker. It’s human nature. But if the person making the introduction keeps talking, they step on the applause. The […] Read More

Good Story Telling Changes Your Brain!

7th March, 2013 - Posted by janebeard

Our clients will tell you: We practically harp on the power of storytelling. Real stories, not a data dump — that’s what we’re talking about. We often work with scientists and other data-heads who love numbers and can see a story inside the numbers. But that story remains hidden from view from most people, until […] Read More

Be it Resolved!

28th December, 2012 - Posted by janebeard

New Year’s resolutions can be hard to keep, what with all the weight we have to lose and the patience we have to have to keep and the stress we have to let go of. Here’s a resolution that doesn’t require self-denial or will power or anything resembling self-flagellation: Be it hereby resolved that, if […] Read More

More Science That Speakers Need to Know!

14th November, 2012 - Posted by janebeard

So, here’s a study that shows that even one-year old babies can “read” where and what speakers are paying attention to, based on the focus in speaker’s voice. Here’s what that means for speakers and audiences: When your attention is on YOURSELF, we notice it. And, it turns out, we notice it on a very […] Read More

Why The Change Equation Defends Against Speaker Anxiety

12th November, 2012 - Posted by janebeard

We say it all the time: having and using a Change Equation matters, not just to the audience, but to you. If you know where you’re headed in your presentation, and if you’re ruthless in your intention to deliver the audience from Point A to Point B, you’re more effective than the vast majority of […] Read More

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