Executive Studio Presentation Tips

Welcome to  our Executive Studio Presentation Tips!

In our live and virtual studio,
we teach executives, business leaders, managers, authors and all levels of emerging talent the special presentation and leadership presence tips that every actor masters, on stage or on screen.

If you follow us, your presentations (live or by phone) will soar, your public speaking will sizzle and your leadership talents will skyrocket. We make it fun to be taken seriously……Now go practice!

Presentation Tip #1:  Always Ask “Real” Questions

bill cullen at micEvery speaker on every stage cheats on this! The presenter may ask “How is everyone feeling today?” but he/she has no interest in REALLY hearing the answer. You know it by the tone of their voice. Are you engaged? No. Probably the reverse. Why? It was just an opening line. Or, you may hear a manager say “If we implement these changes, can we expect to see an improvement?” Are you paying close attention at this point? No. You’ve heard it before. What a missed opportunity!

Here’s what we know…..
Too many speakers throw out a “question” to their audience
but don’t realize that they…click here to read the full post


Executive Studio Presentation Tip #2:
Talk to Your Best Friend in the Back Row

women laughing in audience v2 bffEvery time we rehearse a speaker, we hear the same little confessions. “I’m really nervous about my presentation!” Or, “I feel very alone on that stage.” And very often, “I’m not comfortable in a room full of strangers.”

For most of you, your best friend doesn’t come to work with you every day. He/she is not “on call” to go with you into the executive conference room or meeting with a client. But that doesn’t mean you can’t put your best friend to work for you anyway!click here to read the full post


Executive Studio Presentation Tip #3:
Know Your “Open” Cold!

Eleanor Roosevelt at podiumWe’re not talking about turning up the AC in the Conference Room. We’re talking about Nailing your Intro. Sticking the landing. Throwing a strike on the first pitch. But too often it doesn’t happen. We see this over and over and over in our work with clients, no matter how senior they are. Someone steps up to the podium and loses their audience before they get to the end of their first sentence.

Why? The answer is pretty simple: They failed to connect on their first throw. Their first line is delivered to the floorboards. Their head was buried in their notes as they introduced themselves. They read from the page how “happy they are” to see everyone. Without ever looking up! Really? It looks to us like …click here to read the full post

Executive Studio Presentation Tip #4:
Banish Those Deadly “Ums” and “Ands”

Laurence OlivierPicture this. You go to the theatre to see HAMLET and hear the leading actor say:
“To be or not to be, um, that is the, um, question.” I don’t know about you, but I’d surely want my money back. We recently rehearsed a marketing Guru from a large media company and on paper he had it down. Good script. Good message. But then, as he started to practice …. Does it really sound that bad? Yes! “And” is another culprit that will wear your listener down and put your entire audience in a coma faster than a 7th Rocky sequel.

The AND/ UM…..they are friends, but not yours!  Simply put, “And” is filler “weed” that strings out your thoughtsclick here to read the full post

Executive Studio Presentation Tip #5:
The Power of the Pause

Jack BennyHere’s a T-Shirt we saw recently at the airport……
“I. Can. Make. The. Little. Voice. In. Your. Head. Take. Pauses.”
We bought the T-shirt!
Why? It so perfectly sums up the essence of the
“Power of the Pause.”
Okay…. try reading it again. Didn’t you take those pauses when you were reading it?
C’mon. Admit it. You did.

One. Little. Dot. …We strategically call it the “Wait for It” moment.
But what does that little “dot” actually do or say?  click here to read the full post

Executive Studio Presentation Tip # 6:
Master the “Power of Three”!

Ready, Set, Go!
Win, Place and Show.
Larry, Moe and Curley.
Groucho, Chico, Harpo.

What do these have to do with teaching you powerful Presentation Tips?
It’s the concept of “3”! Delivering information in trios will sharpen your delivery technique, keep your audience focused, and make your presentations memorable. (Did you notice I gave you 3 reasons to pay attention?) In writing and  in all things you plan to communicate as a leader there is a principle that things Click here to read the full post


Executive Studio Presentation Tip # 7:
Don’t Swallow Your Punch Line

Stop! Don’t leave! I know what you’re thinking: “I’m not a comedian, what could this Tip mean to me? Why should I care about a punch line, and whether I swallow it or not?gilda_bill_murray_051613-400x300

Here’s why that punch line is so critical to your effectiveness as a presenter or speaker: A punch line is called a punch line because it “punches home” the most important idea or message in the story.

In comedy, that story takes the form of a joke or a comic monologue. And the punch line brings everything to a conclusion or resolution. For a comedian, to goal is to get the laugh. Buh-da-bing! For an executive, a leader, or any professional speaking before a group, it’s the same principle – your story is Keep Reading!