Top 10 Countdown: Best Episodes of 2013

Let’s start the new year by reviewing the top 10 Public Speaker podcast episodes of the past year. Which communication tips made the biggest impact in 2013? Find out!

Lisa B. Marshall,
January 10, 2014
Episode #233

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During the week leading up to December 31st, my local radio station has been playing the top 40 countdown of the most popular songs in 2013. I thought it would be fun to do the same thing with The Public Speaker podcast.

Here’s a look at the top 10 most popular podcasts on The Public Speaker show for 2013. Let’s start with number 10 and work our way up to 1.


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Public Speaker Podcast #10: Presentation Disasters: What to Do When Things Go Wrong

No matter how prepared you are, there’s always the chance something will go wrong during your presentation. In this episode I give tips for dealing with some of the disasters we fear the most.

For example, what do you do if your equipment or computer crashes while you’re speaking? The solution is to always have a print-out of your slides. And be sure to ask for help. Don’t stand there fiddling with your technology and expect your audience to wait patiently and stay focused.

Public Speaker Podcast #9: 3 Secrets Radio Personalities Don’t Want You to Know

In this episode I spoke with Jeff Brown, host of the Read to Lead podcast, to learn secrets successful broadcasters won’t tell you. One of Jeff’s biggest pet peeves is radio personalities who say things like “Good morning, everyone!” or “Hey all you listeners out there!”

Jeff says the best way to broaden your audience is to narrow your focus. Sounds counterintuitive, right? Imagine yourself talking to one listener at a time and each listener will feel a personal connection with you.

Public Speaker Podcast #8: Trends in Public Speaking (Part 1)

I did a two-part series on trends in public speaking. Part 1 focused on general trends, while Part 2 got into the details of new technology. One of the biggest trends I’ve seen lately is more audience participation. Audiences no longer want to be just observers. They want to give input and share ideas and opinions.

Public Speaker Podcast #7: How to Give a Horrible Presentation

This was one of the most fun episodes I’ve done in a while. I hope you agree. I took top presentation skills and turned them upside down to show how to do a really bad presentation. Some examples of what not to do: cram your slides with data to make it look like you’ve done a lot of work and use a smaller font to get more words on a page.

The takeaway of course is that you should use words sparingly and only include idea on each slide.


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