Lindsay Bell

Join Rob Biesenbach for a Special Livefyre Q&A Today

By: Lindsay Bell | April 16, 2014 | 

Rob BiesenbachBy Lindsay Bell

Are you feeling a little…down on yourself today?

Asking yourself, “What have I really done with my life?”

Well, this isn’t going to make you feel any better.

Rob Biesenbach is what you might call a renaissance man.

Not only is he an independent corporate communications pro, he’s a former vice president for Ogilvy PR Worldwide and spent time as the press secretary to the Ohio Attorney General.

But, that’s not all.

He is also a Second City trained actor who has appeared in more than 150 stage, commercial, and film productions in the past decade.


The nerve of this guy!

Ok, all kidding aside (though, really, where does he find the time?), you might be familiar with Rob through the comments here at Spin Sucks, or you might have attended his recent Spin Sucks Pro webinar, Eleven Deadly Presentation Sins: A Path to Redemption for Public Speakers.

And what you really must do now, is run out and pick up a copy of his latest book: 11 Deadly Presentation Sins – A Path to Redemption for Public Speakers, PowerPoint Users, and Anyone Who Has to Get Up and Talk in Front of an Audience.

The book title pretty much sums it up. In PR, few things are more important than the ability to present your ideas in clear and compelling terms.

Solid presentation skills can help everyone in business win! You’ll be more likely to gain approval for projects and budgets, rally teams, motivate employees, and better position yourself as a leader, if you can work a room, and know how to make an impact.

Rob will be here today to answer your questions about how to triumph over everything from a listless delivery to lackluster content, from meandering stories to mundane visuals.

Today’s Livefyre Q&A

At noon ET (that’s 11:00 CT, 10:00 MT, and 9:00 PT for those of you who can’t do time zones), Rob will be here to answer any and all of your questions: What should you do if you freeze in front of an audience? Is it even possible to make presentation slides more compelling? Is there a difference between presenting in a boardroom rather than an auditorium? And, is that really him in that Cialis commercial…?

In order to participate, all you have to do is:

  • Make sure you have a Livefyre account or be ready to sign in with one of your social networks.
  • Set a reminder for noon ET today.
  • Order the book so you can support Rob and get your learn on.
  • Create a list of questions (if you haven’t read the book, you can bribe me and I’ll write some for you!).
  • Come back here, scroll to the bottom, and write a comment in the form of a question. As soon as you hit “post comment,” Rob will see it and reply to you. You can even join the conversation around questions others are asking, if you like.

We’ll be here for an hour so you can join us the entire time or step in and out during the hour. It’s entirely up to you; just make sure you’re here before 12:59.

Win a Copy

Those of you who participate in today’s Livefyre Q&A (even if you’re late to the party, but not if you’re an Arment Dietrich employee) will be entered into a random drawing for a free copy of the book.

Don’t forget – you have to actually leave a comment, ask a question, or participate in the chat to be entered in the drawing. Otherwise we won’t know you were here.

Get ready with your questions and join the conversation. And don’t fear! If you missed the live portion of this, we’ll keep the drawing open until midnight PT so you still have time to get in your questions.

Former Guests and Who’s Next

For former guests, check out Margie ClaymanSarah RobinsonMark StoryBeth HaydenSarah EvansStanford SmithChris BroganC.C. ChapmanMitch JoelDanny BrownChuck HemannMichael BritoDJ WaldowTom MartinAhava LeibtagJay Baer, Shel Israel, Mark Schaefer, and Gini Dietrich.

And following are the dates for the next few months, so mark your calendars!

Same bat time, same bat channel.

About Lindsay Bell

Lindsay Bell is the content director at V3 Marketing, and works in Toronto. A former TV producer, she’s a strong advocate of three minutes or less of video content. She has a cool kid, a patient husband, two annoying cats, and Hank Dawge, a Vizsla/Foxhound/moose hybrid. Ok, maybe not moose.

  • ACK! Got a conflict! But hopefully I can catch the tail end and definitely will come back to check out the q&a. Love robbiesenbach ‘s take on things!

  • you left out that his mom still calls him Chachi!

  • Howie Goldfarb  I was saving that for the Q&A!!

  • True story: I did get sent out on a Cialis audition once. These days I’m more careful about these things, so as not to cause, um, confusion in the marketplace!

    Also, I may or may not have the use of a functioning Period key this morning, so get ready for some run-on sentences. Or lots of exclamation points!

  • RobBiesenbach  I thought you took the computer in to get that fixed?

  • belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  That’s a better nickname than Robbie Senbach!

  • ginidietrich  Not yet! I had too much going on to go without, so I’m dropping it off tomorrow. Testing out my backup machine now to see how it works. Periods are fine, but the keyboard is huge!

  • HeatherPR

    Is this where the chat will be?

  • testing 1,2   1,2   testing 1,2   1,2

  • Fashionably early?

  • Howie Goldfarb  Very cute!

  • ClayMorgan wait til i wake him to have him sing Frozen

  • Let’s get this party started!

  • We’ve still got three minutes!

  • Howie Goldfarb  OH MY GOOOOD!!!!! *falls on floor dead*

  • belllindsay  Wait, I thought it was supposed to be at noon?

  • Heather MacGregor  Hi Heather, yes, it will, just be ready to type quickly! 😀

  • LauraPetrolino

  • RobBiesenbach Don’t you EVEN, rob!!!

  • I’m excited, because I get paralyzed at the mere THOUGHT of public speaking. I literally shake.

  • ginidietrich  Unfortunately, the other machine has trouble with the O key. I hit my keyboard VERY hard!

  • Howie Goldfarb  Hi boyfriend!

  • so how come you chose 11 sins vs 7 or 10 or 27?

  • RobBiesenbach LOL

  • I want to extend a very warm welcome to RobBiesenbach!!  To start, I want to know – why does public speaking make some (most!) people so nervous??

  • Howie Goldfarb  I had more ideas than 7, and 11 rhymed!

  • Howie Goldfarb  Howie, we didn’t start yet!!!

  • belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  Apparently Lindsay wants to be the first person to ask a question.

  • belllindsay Why? Interesting question. I usually get asked how to overcome the fear! But I guess it’s as simple as we’re scared of making a fool of ourselves!

  • ginidietrich belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  That is how it’s done, Gini.

  • in 1991 i was a finalist in my university’s public speaking contest. top 5 out of 37 presenters. in front of 500 people i went albert brooks in broadcast news. something that has been repeated. any tips on sweat control?

  • Howie Goldfarb  Man. You’re old.

  • belllindsay ginidietrich Howie Goldfarb  You people are funny!

  • RobBiesenbach Does the “think of people naked” trick work?

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach  I was timing how long it would be until someone asked about the naked people trick

  • ginidietrich seasoned!

  • ginidietrich Howie Goldfarb  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  • Eleanor Pierce belllindsay RobBiesenbach  Do I win a prize???

  • belllindsay Eleanor Pierce RobBiesenbach  I’ll email you something …

  • ClayMorgan  Or something

  • Eleanor Pierce belllindsay RobBiesenbach  YAY!

  • belllindsay Eleanor Pierce RobBiesenbach  Wait until you see it …

  • belllindsay Well, Mike Brady of the Brady Bunch says it does, and I hate to argue with him ….

    But I don’t know anyone who would find that calming in any way!

  • RobBiesenbach Me neither, because I would then immediately think of MYSELF naked too! GAH!!

  • Ok, I have a question! I realized when I started recording myself for the AD video blogs that I say “um” a lot more than I thought I did. What do you recommend for verbal tics like this?

  • RobBiesenbach belllindsayginidietrich you should post rules!

  • Eleanor Pierce  Journalist’s are the worst for tics like that.

  • Heather MacGregor

    Eleanor Pierce  I seem to always start an answer with “So….”

  • Heather MacGregor Eleanor Pierce  Writing is sooo much easier than talking.

  • Eleanor Pierce Heather MacGregor  Definitely.

  • Howie Goldfarb  Wow, lot of original questions here! I would 1) wear an undershirt, and a jacket over your dress shirt.

    Also, I played a farmer once in a 100-degree cornfield and the wardrobe person put maxi pads in the armpits of my shirt!

  • belllindsay Eleanor PierceHeather MacGregorno way I would rather talk. Or SMS or Tweet!

  • Heather MacGregor Eleanor Pierce  I do the so a lot too!

  • susancellura

    Hey Rob! What’s the hardest part about coaching an executive on public speaking?

  • LauraPetrolino Heather MacGregor Eleanor Pierce  Laura, you have many tics. 😉

  • Heather MacGregor

    Eleanor Pierce  RobBiesenbach Any thoughts on this one?

  • RobBiesenbach Howie Goldfarb  That would work.

  • RobBiesenbach luckily only once I presented to a big crowd normally it is 4-20 people. Often in a room with no A/C. And everyone staring at me as I try to explain why they should sign a check for $100k lol

  • Heather MacGregor Eleanor Pierce RobBiesenbach  I think Rob has to type faster. LOL

  • Eleanor Pierce  Some amount of ums are totally okay — it means you’re a natural human being. If it’s excessive, do what you did: tape yourself and then catch yourself every time you do it. Or appoint a friend to be on um patrol to help you out.

  • Howie Goldfarb  See, instead of sweating, I sometimes get a “nervous flush” – it looks like I have hives on my chest and neck. Which is super attractive and not-at-all distracting.

  • I once read the reason popular speakers are so, well, popular is they give the same speech over and over and over again with the same jokes and the same hand movements in the same spots on the stage. I try to remember this as I give the same presentation over and over again, but I get bored with myself. Should I just suck it up and become so mechanical I could do it in my sleep?

  • Let’s talk about body language, you have a lot of info in your book about this, and it’s something that I struggle with a bit because I tend to naturally be overexpressive (both in face and body gestures) which can become even more extreme when I’m nervous. What are your best tips for using body language to work for you, not against you.

  • Heather MacGregor Eleanor Pierce  I’m a “WELL” person. For a radio interview once I put a post-it on my computer screen with the word WELL in crossed-out circle. It helps!

  • belllindsay LauraPetrolino Heather MacGregor Eleanor Pierce  I know!!! I know!

  • So who was your favorite to work with at Second City? belushi? radner? murray? Wendt?

  • RobBiesenbach Heather MacGregorEleanor Piercebut doesn’t that help SEO repeating words a lot?

  • ginidietrich  I saw one of these very popular speakers once, and he was good, but yeah, you could definitely tell that all the jokes were scripted (they coordinated with the PPT!)

  • Eleanor Pierce Howie Goldfarb  My eyebrows/eyelids twitch. It’s horrible!!

  • Howie Goldfarb  MURRAY4LYFE

  • susancellura  Hardest part is finding the right balance, so they listen without being offended or defensive. I think this is an area where an outside person brings a lot to the table. We’ve all had that experience where a boss takes a consultant’s word on something we’ve been saying over and over!

  • Heather MacGregor

    belllindsay Eleanor Pierce Howie Goldfarb  I bet it’s less obvious to people who don’t know you.

  • Eleanor Pierce Howie Goldfarb  RADNER!!!

  • ginidietrich That works! Seriously. In fact when I saw Van Halen in 1984 my friend said David Lee Roth gave the same monologue 3 tours in a row and look how big he was!
    Shankman tells the same stories over and over.

  • Heather MacGregor belllindsay Eleanor Pierce Howie Goldfarb  Let’s hope so. #stroke 😉

  • Hi RobBiesenbach. Here’s what I hate in presentations. When someone essentially just reads a power point. What approaches do you use to make certain the verbal presentation isn’t just a reading of the PPT, or that the PPT actually supports the verbal (or vice versa)?

  • ginidietrich  I think that’s crap! The first piece of advice I was given was that it’s always easier to get a new audience than a new speech. Repeat business is the best, of course, and these days people expect new stuff from a speaker, not the greatest hits.

  • RobBiesenbach susancellura  Bosses are so hard to deal with, eh Rob?

  • belllindsay Eleanor Pierce Howie Goldfarb  Have you heard the story about Bill Murray carrying Gilda Radner around the party saying goodbye over and over again? Heartbreaking!

  • Eleanor Pierce belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  Way to kill the modd, Ellie.

  • belllindsay Eleanor Pierce Howie Goldfarb  Whoops. 

  • belllindsay Heather MacGregor Eleanor Pierce Howie Goldfarb  I dunno. When it happens, people usually ask me if I’m OK. 🙂

  • LauraPetrolino if you wear heavy iron manacles you have less hand movement

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach susancellura  I CAN HEAR YOU

  • Eleanor Pierce belllindsay Heather MacGregor Howie Goldfarb  WHERE’S THE EPI-PEN!!!

  • ginidietrich belllindsay RobBiesenbach susancellura  *Other* people’s bosses.

  • LauraPetrolino  Tape yourself, but also understand that what doesn’t work on tape may work live. The most important thing is to be your natural self. People will connect with that. So think positive and be positive and the body language flows from there.
    Nick Morgan has a book coming out on the subject soon — I’m sure it will be great.

  • Heather MacGregor

    RobBiesenbach Sometimes I have a hard time remembering all the key points I want to mention on camera. Any tricks to keep them top of mind?

  • Heather MacGregor RobBiesenbach  Great question.

  • LauraPetrolino

  • RobBiesenbach LauraPetrolino  Laura did a video balancing a pot on her head while doing yoga. I’m pretty sure she’s ok with “being herself”….

  • Howie Goldfarb  Jerry from Accounting. I was with the regular schlubs: lawyers, retirees, cops, taking classes!

  • Eleanor Pierce belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  Yes! Heartbreaking!!
    There’s  mural in the lobby at Second City and a friend of mine would always tap Gilda’s picture before going on.

  • RobBiesenbach Eleanor Pierce belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  Rosanna Rosannadanna!!!

  • LauraPetrolino  I would also say if your self-conscious about it, that will show through worse than any big gestures. So again, study it and get some coaching OR decide you’re cool with it. I’d have to see it to diagnose!

  • RobBiesenbach LauraPetrolino  You’ve been warned….

  • ClayMorgan Yes! Mitch Joel talks about this. If your slides can stand on their own, you’re doing it wrong. They should be meaningless to anyone not in the room to see you present.
    So my slides, like Gini’s, are almost entirely images. Just 1 to 3 words at most.

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach LauraPetrolino  Shush Lindsay! Thanks Rob, great point!

  • When I’m really nervous, I tend to use humour – inappropriately, I might add. Like, you know, going through customs. Talk a bit about the dangers of using humour in a speech?

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach LauraPetrolino  HAHAHAHA! This is a valid point!

  • belllindsay  I was going to ask about that, too! I think it’s hard sometimes to find the appropriate line between professional and boring …

  • Heather MacGregor I hear some people write notes on their hand!
    If they’re hard to remember, maybe they need to be simplified? Or reduced in number?
    Otherwise, what I do is go over it in my head dozens of times.

  • Howie Goldfarb LauraPetrolino  I’m afraid any comment I have in response to this would be totally inappropriate!

  • Heather MacGregor  Also, I think it’s better to get into a fluid conversation with an interview and miss a message or two than to worry about getting them all in.

  • RobBiesenbach Heather MacGregor  I sometimes use sticky notes, right around where the camera is, so that my eyes don’t look like they’re darting all over the place. I also only include key words on them, to remind of points, or if there’s a number I want to quote, etc..

  • What are your thoughts on presenters wearing jeans?

  • Eleanor Pierce belllindsay  Humor can be dangerous, of course. The key is to really, really know your audience. Also, make sure your humor has a purpose — where people get in trouble is tangents and asides that take them off track. So make sure everything you say, including any jokes, serve the larger story you’re telling.

  • Eleanor Pierce  Don’t get me started.

  • Eleanor Pierce  HAHAHA! I had that question on my list!!!

  • belllindsay Eleanor Pierce  BRAT

  • RobBiesenbach Eleanor Pierce So, one must walk that fine line between “knowing” one’s content, and not being robotic with the delivery…? Ad libbing is tough for someone inexperienced, I would imagine.

  • Do you like to break the ice with warm up jokes or jump right in?

  • belllindsay Heather MacGregor  I’m trying — so I could type periods, I switched to my old 15″ Macbook. The keys are all spread out!

  • RobBiesenbach belllindsay Heather MacGregor  #firstworldproblems…?

  • i didn’t mean jokes during i mean pre-roll

  • I’ve read you should always begin your presentation with a story. Agree or disagree?

  • ginidietrich no jokes are better!

  • ginidietrich  I like this idea. Warms the audience, and makes you appear like a human being.

  • belllindsay ginidietrichsome people will never be viewed as human sadly no matter how hard they try.

  • ginidietrich  I like having a story in the intro. Doesn’t have to be the very first thing, but near the top, to engage the audience and show them who you are.
    The worst is the old “tell them what you’re going to say” or walking through your outline or explaining your credentials. I don’t talk about the agenda until 10 minutes in!

  • RobBiesenbach ginidietrich  Oh good! I hate that “tell them then tell them then tell them” advice 🙂

  • You said earlier know your audience. Should you talk like them yo? or at least try.

  • RobBiesenbach What about the Steve Jobs tact of having three points and only three points?

  • Howie Goldfarb  I like a story, one that underscores the message of your talk. If it’s also funny, great. But funny for the sake of funny is not useful — it should be strategic/on-message.

  • Eleanor Pierce  As long as they’re Chic or Sergio Valente, I have no problem with it.

  • RobBiesenbach Howie Goldfarbharumph ginidietrichi don’t like Mr. RobBiesenbachanymore!

  • RobBiesenbach Eleanor Pierce  Sergio Valente!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!! Oh, wow, that just took me back!!

  • Howie Goldfarb  I once attended a presentation at a conference for PR firm owners. The keynote had NO idea who was in the audience and spoke to us like we were working for a large healthcare company. It was super disappointing.

  • RobBiesenbach Eleanor Pierce  I have no idea what you’re talking about. #SorryNotSorry

  • ginidietrich Howie Goldfarb  But, what if you don’t have a chance to get “know” your audience…..? Surely that must happen every once and awhile…??

  • ginidietrich RobBiesenbachhmmm. elegance. usefulness. overcharge. it worked for Apple!

  • Eleanor Pierce RobBiesenbach  #kids

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach Eleanor Pierce  I think so. Ad-libbing can get people wandering into tangent-land and also undermining themselves with a lot of “buts” and asides. So, yes, if you’re going to do it, be good at it and think about it.

  • belllindsay Eleanor Pierce RobBiesenbach  Is that, like, pre-Guess?

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach Eleanor Pierce  I’m OLD!

  • belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  Absolutely not. That’s inexcusable. You should always know who is in the audience, even if it’s just demographics. In this situation, the keynote speaker also was a PR firm owner. Imagine the kind of value he could have brought had he realized he was speaking to his peers.

  • belllindsay ginidietrich add what they said.

  • Eleanor Pierce RobBiesenbach  *head desk*

  • ginidietrich belllindsay Howie Goldfarb  What if you don’t know your audience AND you’re wearing jeans…??

  • belllindsay ginidietrichmy guess is using their industry jargon could backfire?

  • belllindsay ginidietrich Howie Goldfarb  You ask whoever invited you about the audience, you research them online and if you have a chance, talk to a few people at the event itself.

  • Ok, back to Second City…. How does improv study help you when you give a presentation?

  • belllindsay Eleanor Pierce RobBiesenbach  OK, I just took to the goog and I recognize the Chic logo. So, I must have seen them at some point in my life.

  • One of the things your book sets out to do is, “Tap into emotion to win hearts and change minds.”

    How does one do that?

  • Howie Goldfarb  6 questions to ask about your audience:

    Who are they?
    What do they want?
    What do they know?
    What do you have in common?
    What is their mood?
    What are their doubts and misperceptions (about you, your org or ideas)?

  • Eleanor Pierce belllindsayRobBiesenbachooh la la Sasson!

  • RobBiesenbach Howie Goldfarb  Great list!

  • belllindsay  It helps you understand the importance of knowing your audience, listening and observing and reading the room, thinking on your feet and adjusting curse when things aren’t working, being positive and being “in the moment” and authentic.
    Everyone should take an improv or acting class!

  • RobBiesenbach You SWEAR in your speeches?? ginidietrich doesn’t let us swear.

  • RobBiesenbach belllindsaycan i act like i am taking such a class?

  • In the book you talk about body language myths – what’s the biggest misconception you think people have about body language?

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach ginidietrich  I think he meant “course.”

  • back to body language. stationary? roaming? a mix?

  • ginidietrich belllindsay RobBiesenbach  I know, I was just being silly.

  • ginidietrich  Find out what resonates with your audience, going back to the 6 questions under Howie’s question. The better you know them the better you’ll know the emotional triggers that work with them.
    Of course, some things are universal: love, loss, disappointment, family, etc.
    They key is to be in touch with your own emotions, because if it’s contrived or looks fake, it will fall flat.

  • Eleanor Pierce  You can never cross your arms or put your hands in your pockets. Another lesson from Nick Morgan. Be positive, open, natural, enthusiastic — focus your mind and your body language will follow. Worry less about what your arms are doing and more on what’s in your mind (and heart).

  • belllindsay ginidietrich RobBiesenbach  You’re overly sensitive because I won’t let you swear.

  • ginidietrich RobBiesenbach  “You can take the girl outta the Maritimes….”

  • Howie Goldfarb  I saw a speaker a couple of weeks who barely moved from one spot in a four-hour workshop. And he was mesmerizing. So you never know. If you’re really, really good, you can command the room staying still.
    But most people want to move, which is good — but again, make sure it’s for a purpose. Don’t wander. Cross the stage when changing the subject. Approach the audience when making a really important point.

  • Worst presentation you’ve ever seen. You don’t have to name names. Unless you want to…

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach Howie Goldfarb  Chapter 1 of the book: the first deadly sin is failure to understand your audience!

  • ginidietrich belllindsay RobBiesenbach  Ha-ha, yes! My backup computer has a faulty “o” key!
    Oy Vey!

  • Heather MacGregor

    belllindsay  Ugh. Bosses are SUCH a nuisance. I had to disconnect there. Will this chat be available somewhere later?

    Worst presentation I ever saw was a guy reading a speech at the podium.

  • Heather MacGregor HA! That’s hilarious! This chat will live right here, Heather!

  • belllindsay  It was a meeting of PR people and the speaker was a self-described marketing expert. He made every mistake in the book. In fact, that incident helped give me the idea for the book.
    He was totally old school: lecture instead of interaction, hard sell of his product, ugly slides — one of them had 140 words! I talked about him in my last guest post, I believe.

  • Heather MacGregor

    belllindsay  And btw, I saw one of the authors of Freakanomics give a talk (forget his name now..). So monotone, almost boring, but the information was really gripping and it totally worked. 


  • Heather MacGregor Interesting…shows us all of the importance of strong content!

  • Heather MacGregor

    RobBiesenbach belllindsay  You should offer him some coaching.. 🙂

  • Heather MacGregor belllindsay  True, Heather, you never know. I saw Malcolm Gladwell speak for an hour with no notes (and, of course, no slides). He was not your typical speaker, but it was riveting.

  • RobBiesenbach I’m bumping Eleanor Pierce’s coment back to the top in case you missed it: In the book you talk about body language myths – what’s the biggest misconception you think people have about body language?

  • Heather MacGregor

    belllindsay  RobBiesenbach I’ve seen him too. The guy has cache.  High nerd-factor, but in a room full of nerd-wannabes, it’s very engaging.

  • RobBiesenbach Heather MacGregor Gladwell is an amazingly compelling guy, which charisma to spare.

  • Heather MacGregor RobBiesenbach belllindsay  Or send him a copy of the book. It was partly dedicated to all the bad speakers who gave me the motivation!

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach Heather MacGregor  and great hair. That helps.

  • Five more minutes!

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach Eleanor Pierce  I answered that: You can never cross your arms or put your hands in your pockets. Another lesson from Nick Morgan. Be positive, open, natural, enthusiastic — focus your mind and your body language will follow. Worry less about what your arms are doing and more on what’s in your mind (and heart).

  • Heather MacGregor belllindsay  Saw a PR pro just the other day reading off paper. One of my big issues is that people in our industry take it for granted and assume they can get by without much preparation.

  • how come everyone was so easy on RobBiesenbach

  • Howie Goldfarb RobBiesenbach  Because it’s Easter, silly.

  • belllindsay  Everyone: practice, practice, practice. Know your stuff backwards and forwards. Practice in the shower, at the gym, doing the dishes. The more you know your material, the more confident and connected you’ll be.

  • Heather MacGregor

    RobBiesenbach ginidietrich  That’s a hard sell to executives who can’t get outside the box. But I like the approach and I’m going to be a bit more… persuasive when I write the next speech.

  • belllindsay Howie GoldfarbRobBiesenbachbut his beady eyes and shifty body language…you mean Passover silly i mean easter where do you live canada?

  • Heather MacGregor RobBiesenbach ginidietrich  It always helps if you have an example from someone they admire to point to.

  • Well, HUGE thanks to RobBiesenbach for being with us here today for this. Very interesting! And thanks to everyone else who joined in with questions, and comments – even Howie Goldfarb!!

  • belllindsay Howie GoldfarbRobBiesenbachisn’t easter in canada on a different day than ours?

  • Howie Goldfarb belllindsay RobBiesenbach  It’s Easter weekend. Sheeesh.

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach Howie Goldfarb  Thanks, you guys — great questions!

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach so ginidietrichis mailing us cupcakes for coming?

  • Heather MacGregor

    belllindsay RobBiesenbach Howie Goldfarb  My first one.. 🙂 I will be back, for sure.

  • Heather MacGregor belllindsay RobBiesenbach Howie Goldfarb  That’s great news! Glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  • ginidietrich RobBiesenbach  That’s a smart way to go, but it’s really hard! I have SO much to say!

  • belllindsay RobBiesenbach Heather MacGregor  Great idea!

  • Eleanor Pierce Howie Goldfarb  I see that a lot. Always think about what clothes can best disguise that when you’re speaking.
    Also, for everyone, take deep, deep breaths!

  • RobBiesenbach  Sorry I missed ya Rob! But excited to look through Q&A, not even a doubt in the world I’ll learn something useful.

  • I am going to pick up a copy of his book. It sounds interesting. I am getting more and more requests to speak. I did a presentation last week and did fine until….I got a little tired and unfocused, and forgot some of my key points. Thanks for the tip, Lindsay.

  • TheEdible

    Could have deffinitly used this in college…

  • TheEdible

    And apparently a dictionary

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  • spinchick  Thank you! That still happens to me. You can feel yourself at some point starting to just slip to tune out a bit. Maintaining your energy takes lots of focus.

  • TheEdible LOL

  • Hey JoeCardillo and spinchick! Send me your mailing addresses!

  • JoeCardillo Never mind, JoeCardillo. I have yours.

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