Category Archives: #TipsThursday

3 Keys to Being a More Memorable Speaker

Ever been captivated by a memorable speaker? Its rare, but it does happen. Here are some tips to help make sure people remember you next time you present

Here’s a great goal for you in your next meeting or presentation. Make it your mission in life to make it easy for people to remember what you say. Have you ever had the experience where a presenter just walked into the room, and from the moment he or she opened their mouth, you were captivated? it has happened to me, but only a few times. But when it does happen, I remember the experience clearly. I remember the topic. I remember the speaker’s name. I remember almost everything.

How do we give our audience that experience? There’s several books worth of content to answer that question, but here are a few highlights:

1. From a CONTENT perspective: Focus on value, focus on key points, get to the point quickly, and share your ideas with specifics and stories. Don’t waste people’s time with minutia.

2. From a SLIDE perspective: Don’t create the visually overwhelming handout that poses as a slide. Make your slides super simple. No sentences, and for God’s sake, no paragraphs, please. Make sure you can complete the following sentence for each slide: “My key point on this slide is…”

3. And from a DELIVERY perspective: Speak simply, in complete (and relatively short) sentences. Pause once in a while. Repeat key messages. Summarize things along the way. Introduce key ideas in your open, and repeat them in the close.

This isn’t rocket science, but everyone treats it as if it were.

Make it easy for your audience to remember what you say. That’s a great goal, every time you lead a meeting or a call or give a presentation.

Have a great day.

At The Latimer Group, our individual Coaching services are highly customized and designed to help you achieve your specific goals. Typical engagements focus on developing skill sets in Leadership Communications, Public Speaking, and Executive-Level Business Presentations. To learn more, e-mail us at info@TheLatimerGroup.com
FacebooktwitterlinkedinmailFacebooktwitterlinkedinmail

Video: The 4 Skills of Great Communication

Ask anyone who performs at a high level: athletes, dancers, singers, etc. They all prepare and practice their skills the same way. They break their skill down into smaller “sub-skills,” then practice each one individually, then put them all back together, and their overall skill level has improved. The same is true with communication. “Great… Continue Reading

4 Communication Missteps Men Make in the Workplace

Earlier today, I had a LinkedIn conversation with a good friend named Bryan, who also happens to be a member of Latimer’s Board of Advisors. Bryan had read a recent blog post of ours about the language mistakes some women make in the workplace. And Bryan’s request and challenge to me was now to write… Continue Reading

How Distracting is Your Speaking Style?

Have you ever listened to that person who says something like “um” over and over and over? After a while, all you hear are the “ums.” How about the person who says “like,” or “you know?” Hard to listen to that after a while. How about the person who qualifies everything they say with a… Continue Reading

10 Time Management Tips to Create Better Communication

Simple idea today, that recently came up in a coaching session. My colleagues and I talk all the time about great communication skills, and all the things that help create those skills. We believe that when we take the time to prepare for our meetings, presentations and calls, we will do a much better job… Continue Reading

How to Communicate at the Highest Level

In December, we shared a blog post about the importance of mapping your progress as a communicator. In short, the only way to REALLY be sure you’re improving as a communicator is to have some way to measure that improvement. When we work with clients at The Latimer Group, we use a three-stage rubric of… Continue Reading

Presentation Tips: Organize Your Details

Several of my coaching conversations have been focused on the same thing of late… when I am speaking to my boss, how do I stay out of the weeds? I get stuck in the deep detail, and he/she gets frustrated with me. Sound familiar? “Too much detail” is a constant issue in the 21st century… Continue Reading

End Annoying Conference Calls in 5 Easy Steps

We’ve all been to THIS conference call… too many times in fact. While Tripp and Tyler absolutely nail the inherent comedy in the ways we conduct conference calls, let’s take the conversation to the next level. How do we run better conference calls? Here are a few simple ideas: 1. Set context and get the… Continue Reading

Mapping Your Communication Progress

Our work at The Latimer Group is all about helping our clients build strong and powerful communication skills. And to do that effectively, we have to be able to help them assess two things: current strengths and weaknesses, AND a path towards improvement. One without the other just isn’t that helpful. Skill development, in any… Continue Reading

5 Keys to More Persuasive Communication

Are you persuasive? When you speak and write, do you have the ability to persuade people to do what you want them to do and to believe what you want them to think? Those with the power to persuade are in demand. People want to be on their teams. People follow their lead. Persuasive people… Continue Reading

All content © 2016-2017

The Latimer Group, LLC
350 Center Place
Suite 203
Wallingford, CT 06492
Phone: 203.265.4344
Email: info@thelatimergroup.com