Archive for November, 2010

Here are 3 tips for making minutes count when presenting!

Posted in Planning, Presenting, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on November 17, 2010 by Chuc Barnes

A friend told me last week that he was worried about a presentation he soon must deliver. He asked me for suggestions that might help him and I offered the following tips:

1) Forget the nervous feeling you get when you stand up to speak. Yes, you might have a tremor in your hand or a lump in your throat. Those feelings, however, are indicators of courage. Please realize that, when you stand up to speak in front of a small group, large group, or one-on-one, you are breaking through the biggest fear on the planet (public speaking) and that requires courage.

2) Watch out for having too many words on your visual aids. If you use PowerPoint, for example, use what I call “The Rule of Sixes.” In other words, limit the number of points on each visual aid to no more than six points and no more than six words per point.

Recognize that some people read quickly and some not so fast. Thus, if you have more than six points on your visual aid, each audience member is not necessarily noticing the same point you’re talking about. Furthermore, if you lose your place when speaking, you’ll find it easier to discover where you were because you don’t have to wander through a list of long, lengthy points.

3) Use stories that illustrate your points. Picture, for example, how boring it is when a speaker tells you point…after point… after point…after point. Realize that no matter how good the speaker’s points are, your mind can’t help but wander. When you tell relevant stories, however, your begin to create mental pictures inside the minds of your listeners.

Understand also that the very best professional speakers tell stories to convey their points. They know that facts validate, yet stories illustrate– and, best of all, stories get remembered!

Please consider this.

Pretend you’ve just finished speaking. Ok, which of the following comments would an audience members be most likely to say to you:

1) “I loved your seven points,” Or…
2) “I loved that story about your son,”

Does this make sense to you? Please put your comments here.

Meanwhile, if you’d like a copy of my book titled, “Capture the Moment (76 Tips for Presenting to Large Groups, Small Groups, and One-On-One),” visit my web page at

Want to sleep better? Plan tomorrow today!

Posted in Balance, Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on November 10, 2010 by Chuc Barnes

According to a study by the American Psychological Association, 48% of Americans can’t sleep at night and they lie in bed worrying about all the things they have to do. I’m not a physician or a psychologist, but if you’re in the 48% group, I do have a suggestion.

Rather than go to bed with a head full of worries, make a list of the action steps you’re going to take tomorrow to accomplish the priorities that will help you have a successful day. When you make your list, you’ll then be visualizing the actions you’ll take to achieve your goals, rather than worrying about not accomplishing them.

A good plan for tomorrow can be created in 10 minutes or less. That ten-minute time investment will help you see ways to accomplish your goals and just might help you fall asleep more easily. And – just as important — when you wake up, you’ll not only be more refreshed, you’ll know what steps you’re going to take to move yourself forward.

This makes sense, doesn’t it?

Please let me know if you have question.

Steps to help you have a good first week in November

Posted in Planning, Self-management, Time management, Time management/Self-management on November 1, 2010 by Chuc Barnes

November is already here so:

1) Be sure to vote on November 2. This is a very important election.
2) Decide 3 priorities you want done before the week ends.
3) Schedule the 3 priorities on your calendar (day and time).
4) Determine when you’ll do social networking (Limit it!).
5) What do you need done to enjoy Thanksgiving on November 25? (Schedule it.)

These steps will help you focus & have a successful first week for November.

Got a question or comment? Please put it here.