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2-Minute Talk Tips

By Bill Monroe

2 Minute Talk Tips helps you improve your public speaking. Each episode starts with a 2 minute, practical tip so you get value right from that start. After that, we have a deeper discussion about issues affecting public speakers. We talk about Speaking, PowerPoint, relating to an audience, stand-up comedy, storytelling, preparation, and much more. If you've got only 2 minutes, you have time to learn stuff. If you have more time, we've got more detail. Public speaking is an important skill to have in any role that requires good communications skills. Anyone who has spent a lot of time in meetings will agree, and they will likely bemoan the lack of effective speakers. The good news is that developing strong public speaking skills isn't hard. Between books, podcasts, seminars, and meetups there are plenty of resources that can help. A lot of folks are intimidated by the idea, though. They think that to learn public speaking, they need to become the next Tony Robbins, Ronald Reagan, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, or Cicero. That's not true, though. Don't focus on being the best speaker ever. Instead, become a better speaker tomorrow. And do that every day. That's the pathway to success. Don't get best…get better. I'm Bill Monroe. I've built a career on public speaking and training. In my work at Microsoft and Toshiba, I used these skills to teach folks how to sell technology products and to excite them about those products. I've worked with customers in the retail, public sector, and corporate industries as a technology evangelist. Yet, while I've been conducting presentations for more than 25 years, I'm still learning and improving. I believe everyone -- from novice to expert -- can become a better speaker. Sometimes that requires small changes. Other times it requires more deliberate strategic decisions. With 2 Minute Talk Tips we can all become a little better every day.

  1. 1.
    Episode 091 -- Describe your Audience and Meet Phillip Andrew12/11/2018
    56:21
  2. 2.
    Episode 090 -- Get on Stage and Meet Donnie Boivin12/04/2018
    1:11:21
  3. 3.
    Episode 089 -- Practice in the Mirror and Meet Andrew "Mecha" Davis11/27/2018
    52:32
  4. 4.
    Episode 088 --Thank Your Host and Tips for Speakers at During the Holidays11/20/2018
    24:31
  5. 5.
    Episode 087 -- Choose Your Headline and Meet Scott Charlston11/13/2018
    46:40
  6. 6.
    Episode 086 -- Incorporate Excellence and Brevity11/06/2018
    10:21
  7. 7.
    Episode 085 -- Take a Beat and Tips on Apologies10/30/2018
    22:41
  8. 8.
    Episode 084 -- Control the Lights and 9 Ways to Get More Speaking Time10/23/2018
    20:46
  1. 9.
    Episode 083 -- Note Something Interesting and The Six Ps of Presenting10/16/2018
    25:56
  2. 10.
    Episode 082 -- Act as If and Impostor Syndrome10/02/2018
    13:28
  3. 11.
    Episode 081 -- Be Alive and Meet 16-Year Old Entrepreneur Bilal Moin09/25/2018
    28:54
  4. 12.
    Episode 080 -- Thread a Story Through your Talk and Meet Diana Wink09/18/2018
    45:59
  5. 13.
    Episode 079 -- Know You Can Do It and Meet Dr. Denise Vaughan09/11/2018
    43:43
  6. 14.
    Episode 078 -- Focus on Feeling and Meet Hilary Billings09/04/2018
    43:39
  7. 15.
    Episode 077 -- Influence One Person and Meet Patricia Missakian08/28/2018
    23:44
  8. 16.
    Episode 076 -- Make Eye Contact and Meet Social Media Consultant Louise Brogan08/21/2018
    41:31
  9. 17.
    Episode 075 -- Write Your Thoughts Down and Meet Magician Victoria Mavis08/14/2018
    44:27
  10. 18.
    Episode 074 -- Use a Checklist and Thoughts on Crowd Size08/07/2018
    20:19
  11. 19.
    Episode 073 -- Connect with your Audience and Meet NursePreneur Catie Harris07/31/2018
    21:46
  12. 20.
    Episode 072 -- Use a Big Face and How to Memorize a Speech07/24/2018
    20:27
  13. 21.
    Episode 070 -- Speak about your Fire and Meet Dr. Melissa Bird07/10/2018
    44:06
  14. 22.
    Episode 069 -- 3 Tips and Meet Pradeepa Narayanaswamy07/03/2018
    38:31
  15. 23.
    Episode 068 -- Raise Your Energy and Meet Melanie Childers06/26/2018
    34:26
  16. 24.
    Episode 067 -- Poll the Audience and the Power of Limits06/19/2018
    15:10
  17. 25.
    Episode 066 -- Practice in the Shower and Meet Mario Porreca06/12/2018
    56:30
  18. 26.
    Episode 065 -- Close to Open and Presentation Translator06/05/2018
    19:00
  19. 27.
    Episode 064 -- Talking Points and Don't care05/29/2018
    16:03
  20. 28.
    Episode 063 -- PowerPoint Online Photos and 6 Observations05/22/2018
    18:33
  21. 29.
    Episode 062 -- Tell A Story to Add Value and Meet Iszi Lawrence05/15/2018
    45:21
  22. 30.
    Episode 061 -- Prewire and Bad Boss Advice05/08/2018
    16:25
  23. 31.
    Episode 060 -- Assume Your Screen Shows and More Thoughts on Storytelling05/01/2018
    14:43
  24. 32.
    Episode 059 -- Believe Them and 8 Questions to Ask After Your Talk04/24/2018
    21:18
  25. 33.
    Episode 058 -- Schedule Practice and 3 Myths and 1 Mindset for Nervous Speakers04/17/2018
    12:41
  26. 34.
    Episode 057 -- Photograph Your Space and Digital Ink in PowerPoint04/10/2018
    17:29
  27. 35.
    Episode 056 -- Create a Desktop Folder and 7 Tips for Better Conclusions04/03/2018
    17:12
  28. 36.
    Episode 055-- Slides are not Time and Talk Less, Say More03/27/2018
    14:08
  29. 37.
    Episode 054 -- Nose Contact and Slow is Smooth Smooth is Fast03/20/2018
    15:38
  30. 38.
    Episode 053 -- Don't Change Your Caffeine and The Power of Rituals03/13/2018
    13:52
  31. 39.
    Episode 052 -- Avoid Dairy and The 7 Deadly Sins of PowerPoint03/07/2018
    19:44
  32. 40.
    Episode 051 -- Event Forms and 5 More Deadly Sins of Public Speaking02/27/2018
    12:00
  33. 41.
    Episode 050 -- Do Q&A Before Your Conclusion and Practice Gestures02/20/2018
    16:54
  34. 42.
    Episode 049 -- Restrict Your Practice Time and My Content Process02/13/2018
    14:40
  35. 43.
    Episode 048 -- Keep Your Shirt Off and Understand Criteria02/06/2018
    16:40
  36. 44.
    Episode 047 -- Keep Tissues Handy and Lessons from Star Wars: The Last Jedi01/30/2018
    12:16
  37. 45.
    Episode 046 -- Play Your Videos Full Screen and 10 Steps to Presenting Someone Else's Material01/23/2018
    23:27
  38. 46.
    Episode 045 -- Know Your Gear and 5 Steps to Better Slides01/16/2018
    20:37
  39. 47.
    Episode 044 -- Party After Your Talk and Learn From Oprah01/09/2018
    14:43
  40. 48.
    Episode 043 -- Acknowledge your Elephants and Consider Necessary and Sufficient Conditions01/02/2018
    13:14
  41. 49.
    Episode 042 -- Top 10 Public Speaking Tips12/26/2017
    22:33
  42. 50.
    Episode 041 -- Listen Actively and Apply the ADDIE Model to Public Speaking12/19/2017
    24:29
  43. 51.
    Episide 040 -- Practice in Real Shoes and Be a Good Audience Member12/12/2017
    15:58
  44. 52.
    Episode 039 -- Skip the Gimmicks and Repeat Yourself12/05/2017
    29:54
  45. 53.
    Episode 038 -- Watch for Keystone and Read Resonate11/28/2017
    24:49
  46. 54.
    Episode 037 -- Be Thankful and Structure Your Talk11/21/2017
    26:56
  47. 55.
    Episode 036 -- Let it Go and Road Trip!11/14/2017
    12:29
  48. 56.
    Episode 035 -- Let the Audience React and Ancient Rhetoric Today11/07/2017
    17:27
  49. 57.
    Episode 034 -- Don't Trust the Internet and Learn from Ghost Stories10/31/2017
    19:12
  50. 58.
    Episode 033 -- Dim the Lights and Read The Seven Strategies of Master Presenters10/24/2017
    22:26
  51. 59.
    Episode 032 -- Use Silence and 10 Parties to Think About10/17/2017
    15:07
  52. 60.
    Episode 031 -- Prep 5 Questions and a Pair of Fives10/10/2017
    22:10
  53. 61.
    Episode 030 -- Say Thanks and Building a Talk10/03/2017
    13:35
  54. 62.
    Episode 029: Use a Lavalier and Learn from Star Trek: Discovery09/25/2017
    14:45
  55. 63.
    Episode 028 -- Confirm Value and Avoid Offensive Language09/19/2017
    11:20
  56. 64.
    Episode 027 -- Purge Stale Material and Introduce Yourself09/12/2017
    15:13
  57. 65.
    Episode 026 -- Bring Candy and Read Storytelling with Data09/05/2017
    29:49
  58. 66.
    Episode 025 -- Sit up Straight and Tell a Story08/29/2017
    16:17
  59. 67.
    Episode 024 -- Take More Pictures and the Story of my Hiatus08/22/2017
    24:20
  60. 68.
    Episode 023 -- Memorize Your Intro and Learn from Lincoln05/30/2017
    16:44
  61. 69.
    Episode 022 -- Where Can We Learn More and Manage Audience Expectations05/23/2017
    21:46
  62. 70.
    Episode 021 -- Call To Action and Prepare for Losing a Laptop05/16/2017
    20:08
  63. 71.
    Episode 020 -- Practice without Slides and Deal with Writer's Block05/09/2017
    19:22
  64. 72.
    Episode 019 -- Bring an Extra Shirt and Use the Tools Available05/02/2017
    12:58
  65. 73.
    Episode 018 -- Do you Need that Animation and Speak Deliberately04/25/2017
    14:00
  66. 74.
    Episode 017 -- Plan to Punt and How to Run a Panel04/18/2017
    26:36
  67. 75.
    Episode 016 -- Count Filler Words and Raise Your Energy04/11/2017
    13:36
  68. 76.
    Episode 015 -- Face the Audience and Post-Event Reporting04/04/2017
    19:10
  69. 77.
    Episode 014 -- Manage your Handouts and 12 Webinar Tips03/28/2017
    17:02
  70. 78.
    Episode 13 -- Sit in Back and The Fear of Public Speaking03/21/2017
    21:00
  71. 79.
    Episode 012 -- Repeat the Question and What I Saw on a Cruise03/14/2017
    17:00
  72. 80.
    Episode 011 -- Record Yourself and Tim Garber (Part 2)03/07/2017
    27:51
  73. 81.
    Episode 010 -- Parallel Structure and Tim Garber (Part 1)02/28/2017
    16:43
  74. 82.
    Episode 009 -- No Eye Charts and Manage Your Q&A02/21/2017
    11:21
  75. 83.
    Episode 008 -- Avoid the G-Word and Fill Your Bag02/14/2017
    22:09
  76. 84.
    Episode 007 -- Empty Your Pockets and Prepare Your Audience02/07/2017
    16:11
  77. 85.
    Episode 006 -- Beam Management and Credibility01/31/2017
    17:08
  78. 86.
    Episode 005 -- Arriving the Day Before and a review of "Talk Like TED" by Carmine Gallo01/24/2017
    19:17
  79. 87.
    Episode 004 -- Cursor Keys and the Role of PowerPoint01/17/2017
    13:20
  80. 88.
    Episode 003 -- Skip the Opening Joke and Meet Jon Clarke01/10/2017
    25:38
  81. 89.
    Episode 002 -- Use a Timer and Prepare01/03/2017
    18:48
  82. 90.
    Episode 001 -- Hydrate and a Preview of What's to Come12/27/2016
    17:53

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