Fred Miller, NO SWEAT Public Speaking!

If you’re going to use slides in your presentation, and it’s a great idea, don’t use bullet points!

Bullet Points Kill!  –  Kill the Bullet Points!
Nobody comes to a presentation to read your speech!

Here’s the solution: Use high quality, universally understood, images. Here’s an example: If I say the word, Apple, you probably don’t see A-p-p-le. You probably see something round, red, stem coming out of it.

Okay, let’s try another one. Kiwifruit  – kiwifruit! Let’s do like the eye doctor does: Better? – Better? No one ever says, “Oh, Fred ,stop on that text! I can’t wait to get out of the seminar and go buy some kiwi fruit.

This stuff works!

Try it and I guarantee: your next presentation will be absolutely, positively, there’s no doubt my mind, that presentation will be – NO SWEAT! Read More→


oTHREE gives Completeness!


Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

Speakers, there is something MAGIC about THREE!

One for Emphasis: Video is a great way to practice a presentation.
Two for Comparison: Black – white.
Three: Completeness. I’m going to give you some examples in a moment.
Four or more for a List: Shopping List or a To-Do.

Here’s the examples of Three for Completeness:
“I Speak, Coach, and Write, about Networking, Public Speaking, and Presentation Skills.”

If we want the audience to GET IT! we need to “Educate, Entertain, and Explain.” Read More→


oThe Consummate Business Interviewers: Listen. . .

Jim Wright and Jeff Arthur, co-hosts of the syndicated Smart Biz Show ask the right questions and contribute their own experiences and expertise on the important topic of Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

Jim Wright and Jeff Arthur, co-hosts of the nationally syndicated Smart Biz Show, ask the right questions and contribute their own experiences and expertise on the important business topic: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills.

Topics discussed include:
• The Fear of Public Speaking.
• Preparing and Practicing a Presentation.
• Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication.
• The Power of Storytelling. Read More→


o SIX Reasons It’s a Great Investment!

Hire a Public Speaking / Presentation CoachAthletes have coaches. Actors have directors. Business people have mentors. Bottom line: no matter what skill you want to improve, you can get it to a higher level quicker by hiring a professional coach. This definitely applies to improving your public speaking and presentation skills.

The greatest investment you can ever make is in yourself.

My mantra is: Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!” The research shows people who take and make those “Speaking Opportunities,” grow their businesses, advance their Careers, and increase their Leadership Opportunities.

The Return on the Investment of hiring a coach can be Phenomenal!


Hiring a professional presentation coach can help in many ways. Here are some:

  1. The Content of your presentations.
    • They can help:
      • Develop great content that includes important points that support your premise, and work with you on stories that reinforce those points.
      • Create a presentation that follows a specific structure that ensures your audience GETS IT! Read More→

Six Rules for Q&A

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Q&A0 Not done correctly, the Q&A Session of your presentation can destroy an otherwise excellent talk. Don’t let that happen!

Done correctly, the Q&A Session can add value to your presentation. It’s an opportunity to connect directly with the audience, demonstrate you know your topic in depth, and are skillful at presenting more than your prepared address.

Let’s look at Six Rules for Q&A that will have a positive impact on the audience and make you a better presenter.

1. In your Opening, tell the audience when you’ll be taking questions.

  • Usually, the best time to have a Q&A Session is after the body of your talk, and before your Closing.
  • There are several reasons why:
    • What do you do if, in the first five minutes of your speech, someone asks about something you’ve included in your third to last slide?
    • Do you answer it and immediately have to change the structure of your prepared talk, or say, ‘I’ll get to that.’?
    • Both are poor options. They interrupt and distract you and the audience, and eat up presentation time.
      • How many times have you been to a talk and the presenter says, “Gosh! We have only five minutes left, and I’vel got fifteen more slides to show you. Hold on!”
  • The Closing is the Closing (That’s why it’s called the Closing!)
    Here’s why: The last thing you say and do will be the first thing the audience will remember.    Read More→

Business-Innovators0 Stewart Andrew Alexander recently interviewed me about my mantra,
Speaking Opportunities are Business, Career, and Leadership Opportunities!”

Stewart is an excellent interviewer and the consummate host!

Stewart Andrew Alexander is a Digital Media Strategist, Contributing Writer for Small Business Trendsetters, and Talk Show Host at Business Innovators Radio, covering Top Performing Innovators and Trendsetters in Business, Health, Finance, Personal Development, and Sales Training.

He has been quoted in Forbes, Huffpost, Bloomberg, USA Today, and CNN.

The interview includes, but is not limited to:
• The Components, Parts, and Elements of a Presentation.
• The Fear of Public Speaking.
     • Why we have it.
• Nuggets to Lessen it.
• The Skill of Public Speaking. Read More→


Five Nuggets to Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking0Consistently, the Fear of Public Speaking is listed as one of the most common fears people have. Many are held back from reaching their potential by this fear.

Lessen the Fear of Public Speaking

  1. Assume the ‘SUPER HERO’ stance.
    • Think Superman / Wonder Woman
      • Stand erect with legs slightly apart.
      • Place your hands on your hips.
      • Thrust your chest out.
      • Put on your game face!
    • Research shows taking this position for only two minutes, prior to a talk, leads to positive change and makes a speaker feel more powerful and deliver a better performance.
    • Look at the best performances in: Sports – Music – Theater.
    • I Guarantee – the best-of-the-best Practice!
      • They Practice a Lot.
        • Training camps for athletes.
        • Rehearsals for musicians and Actors.
      • Speakers should also Practice. Read More→

Fear of Public Speaking0The Fear of Public Speaking is consistently listed as one of the most common fears people have. It holds many back from reaching their potential. Let’s look at WHY so many have this fear.

1. Why Not!
Think about it. Most of our conversations are one-on-one. Many are done on our phones where we don’t see the person we are speaking to.

Increasingly, we communicate by email and text. This interaction doesn’t let us see or hear the other person.

Standing and speaking in front of people, and having many eyeballs looking at us, takes us out of our comfort zone. That’s why we’re uncomfortable doing public speaking.

2. Not Knowing The Topic.
Do not speak to an audience unless you have a lot of knowledge about your subject. You’ll never know everything, but you should be confident enough to speak on it.

If you know little about your topic, you should be fearful!

3. Not Knowing The Structure of a Presentation
How many times have you sat thru a presentation where you could’t follow the speaker? They might have rambled, repeated themselves, and talked about stuff that wasn’t relevant to the subject. That’s not a great experience, is it? Read More→

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Video Allows You to See and Hear Yourself as OtherSee and Hear You.

0Others See and Hear You!

Knowing you want to improve your public speaking and presentation skills, I suggest taking a video of yourself practicing or delivering a presentation. Then view it critically.

Video is Powerful!

You may think you’re doing something lousy or really good, but seeing and hearing will allow you to celebrate the good and great, and know what needs improvement.

Practicing in front of a mirror is fine, but it’s not the same as viewing your video. When you’re looking into a mirror, non-verbal communication areas for improvement may be immediately visible and adjustments made. The reason I said “may be immediately visible” is because we all have blind spots seeing certain things. Also, sometimes we think we see things that don’t exist.

Think about times you’ve posed for a photograph, knew it would be a keeper, but were disappointed with the results. Sometimes, the picture from the time where you thought you blinked or had a scowl on your face, turns out to be the one you’ll frame! This is why video beats “peering into the looking glass.”

Athletes watch videos of their performance to improve it, don’t they! You should, also. Read More→


0NonVerbal Communication Rules!


Fred Miller, “NO SWEAT Public Speaking!”

We have more debates coming up before the election. Listen to those debates, but also watch them.

We talked about this before:
Nonverbal communication, like gestures, trumps verbal.

Let’s look back at a few debates.

Senior Bush, Ross Perot, Bill Clinton. Senior Bush looks at his watch, like he was bored, couldn’t wait for it be over. That was not a good thing! Read More→

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