How to Engage Your Audience During a Talk or Workshop

Here’s a scenario you’ve probably experienced many times as an audience member.  The presenter at the front of the room is carrying out the entire “show” – lecturing, spraying you with information, and delivering what he or she thinks is great value. You’re sitting passively in listening mode – and eventually succumbing to EGO. No, it’s not what you think. EGO stands for [Read more…]


8 Reasons You Must Add Interaction to Your Talks and Workshops

If you’ve been reading this blog, it will come as no surprise to you when I say that interaction is essential to the learning process – whether you’re doing a 10-minute presentation at a networking meeting, a 1-hour breakout session at a conference, or a full-day workshop.

Here are 8 reasons for you to add interaction to your sessions.

1. First of all, interaction moves participants from [Read more…]


Stop Working So Hard

At the end of one of my workshops, Derek, a trainer and coach at a telecom company exclaimed, “I’ve been reborn. I’m a whole new presenter now!”

What had triggered this “aha” moment?

Derek had gained some new perspectives that had impacted the way he saw himself at the front of the room. The old Derek assumed that when he took on the responsibility of leading a training session or giving a presentation that it was his job to [Read more…]


What Do the Acoustics in an Ancient Greek Theater Have to Do With Your Workshops?

On a recent vacation in Greece, I visited the outdoor theater at Epidavros. It’s a designated UNESCO world heritage site built in the fourth century BC and still in use today.

The acoustics in this circular auditorium are so excellent that no theater in the world has been able to duplicate their quality – and even if you’re sitting in the row farthest from the stage (at over 196 feet or 60 meters), you’re able to hear what’s going on without any amplification.

I wanted to test the acoustics, so I climbed half way up the “bleachers”. Unexpectedly, that’s where my workshop leader’s mind kicked in. [Read more…]


There are Many Paths to Glory

There are ideas trapped in the minds of your employees. What, specifically, are you doing during meetings, presentations, and training sessions in order to tap into this goldmine?

The participants in your sessions — your staff — are hands-on front line handling everyday situations. They see it all, and as a result, they most likely have suggestions that can improve productivity, efficiency, quality, costs, and sales.

Engage, encourage, empower. [Read more…]


How to Demotivate Those Around You

As a leader, whether it’s in a temporary position at the front of a room or more permanently as a member of a management team, we have a responsibility to keep those around us engaged in the moment, in their work, and in their organization. How we communicate is a key contributor to employee engagement and its cousin [Read more…]


What Do Employee Engagement, Safety, and Improv All Have in Common?

Do people feel safe in your organization? I’m not referring to physical safety. Let’s assume that you already have a handle on that. I’m actually referring to two other types of safety – emotional and psychological.

Emotional and psychological play out every day in the quantity and quality of employee engagement.  Many employees hold themselves back from full participation at work for fear of [Read more…]