Episode 014 -- Meet Anne Dailey

Produced in Washington, DC, A Teachable Moment focuses on four local survivors that represent the greater story of stroke in the United States. LAI Video also speaks with loved ones and medical experts to clearly describe the disease, its debilitating impact and the tangible steps anyone can take to reduce the risk of a stroke. The documentary uses contemporary animation to better illustrate the science behind stroke, available treatments and preventable risk factors.

I first heard about "A Teachable Moment" through an article on StrokeSmart.org.   This is a film about four DC-are stroke survivors and their experiences as the go through this life changing event.

The film premiered in Washington, DC, on May 17, and is available to groups interested in hosting a private screening.

Here is the trailer:



Anne Dailey is one of the survivors and she talks about her journey this week.

  • Some key things really stood out for me:
  • Getting help fast was critical to Anne's recovery.
  • Anne had personal and specific goals that helped in her recovery.
  • Her employer, Troutman Sanders, provided amazing support.
  • Lawyers Have Heart sounds like a great organization.
  • Anne's sense of humor probably helped her quite a bit.

Lawyers Have Heart is a 10K race, 5K run and fun walk that takes place on June 9, 2018, in Georgetown. The fundraiser is affiliated with the DC-area chapter of the American Heart Association.

Anne offered 3 critical pieces of advice as we wrapped up:

  1. Lead a healthy lifestyle.
  2. When stroke happens, get help quickly.
  3. Surround yourself with great people.

Here are the various links we talked about:

Hack of the Week

If you have medical gear that you're supposed to clean with rubbing alcohol, get a spray bottle for it.

Pouring from the bottle is tough enough with two hands. With one, the spill risk goes up dramatically. A spray bottle (affiliate link) helps prevent unfortunate spills. Just make sure you label the bottle.


Where do we go from here?

  • Check out the website for A Teachable Moment.
  • What are your thoughts on Anne's story? Share them below.
  • Have you tried the Strokecast Alexa skill? If you have an Echo device, go up to it and say, "Alexa, enable Strokecast."
  • Don't get best...get better.



Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 062 -- Tell A Story to Add Value and Meet Iszi Lawrence


2-Minute Tip: Tell a Story to Add Value


When presenting, we are often selling something. It may be a product, a service, or an idea. To be effective, though, don't just go through a barrage of features or details. It's the story that you can connect with your topic that gives it value. It's the story you tell that your audience will respond to and remember.


It's the story you tell that makes your subject rise above the fray.



Post Tip Discussion: Meet Iszi Lawrence

The human brain is designed to listen to voices and designed to understand stories.

-- Iszi Lawrence


Iszi Lawrence is a British comedian, podcaster, presenter, radio personality, and public speaking coach. She has more than a decade of experience talking in places from nightclubs to boardroom to the Oxford Union to the Tedx stage in Southhampton. You can learn more about Iszi by visiting Iszi.com.


Iszi Lawrence headshot


I met Iszi through a Facebook discussion group. We had a wide ranging conversation about the comedy and speaking scenes in the UK, the value of human conversation, the differences in how aspiring male and female students tend to approach speaking, and the importance of acknowledging awkwardness.


Iszi answers the question few speakers ask: What do you do when Sir Ben Kingsley eats into your time?


We talked about a variety of websites and projects. You can find many of those links here:


Iszi Lawrence Home Page https://iszi.com/
Iszi Lawrence Public Speaking Newsletter https://iszi.com/newsletterpage
Iszi Lawrence on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/iszi.lawrence
Iszi Lawrence on Twitter https://twitter.com/iszi_lawrence
Iszi Lawrence on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/iszitube/
Iszi Lawrence on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/iszi_lawrence/
Setisoppo Podcast http://www.setisoppo.com/
British Museum Membercast https://blog.britishmuseum.org/category/podcasts/
The Z List Dead List http://zlistdeadlist.libsyn.com/
British Science Festival https://www.britishsciencefestival.org/
Ugly Animal Preservation Society http://uglyanimalsoc.com/
Bright Club http://brightclub.org/


Call To Action:


  • Check out Iszi.com to learn more about Iszi and her projects.
  • What are your thoughts about Iszi's comments and lessons? Share them in the comments below.
  • If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with a friend, colleague, or stranger.
  • Don't get best…get better

Check out this episode!


Episode 013 -- Learned Nonuse and a Tie

Video Project

I'm thrilled to announce a video project I've been part of now airs on local TV in Seattle. The Medical Minute is a partnership between King 5 and Swedish Medical Center highlighting the working relationship between care providers and patients at Swedish. I got to share the screen with the always awesome Olivia.  Check it out below.


Learned Nonuse

Neurons that fire together, wire together.

-- Dr. Norman Doidge (and, apparently, several others)

In a few weeks I have one of those rare Seattle events where a tie will be appropriate. So now I need to figure out how to do that. Do I get a clip on, or do I try to learn to tie one-handed?  Clip on seems easy and temporary. One-handed tying would become a lifelong skill and permanent. Do I really want a lifelong solution here? Isn't that just conceding that I won't get my left hand back? I'm not prepared to make that concession.

The brain functions like a network of dirt roads. The ruts in the road make it simple for instructions to flow in a simple path. The stroke wiped out those ruts and roads and it's time to rebuild them. 

This thought process eventually led to a discussion of Shoulder Subluxation and  the work of Edward Taub and Constraint Induced Movement Therapy and the nature of rote learning.

Ultimately I decided to get the clip on tie. I think.

Hack of the Week

Putting on a belt with hemiparesis can be tough. It requires reaching around your body, past your weak arm, without losing your balance.

The solution is to thread your bel through your belt loops before putting on your pants.

This makes it much less likely that you'll fall over.

Where do we go from here?

  • What are your thoughts and experiences with adaptive equipment and learned nonuse? Let us know in the comments here.
  • If you have an Amazon Echo device (affiliate link), please enable the Strokecast skill. Go up to it and say, "Alexa, enable Strokecast."
  • Don't get best...get better.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 061 -- Prewire and Bad Boss Advice

2-Minute Tip: Prewire your big meetings


I first learned about the idea of Prewiring a meeting from the folks at Manager Tool. Check out their podcast for a deeper discussion. I also talked about it in the early days of this 2-Minute Talk Tips in Episode 7 (Empty Your Pockets and Prepare Your Audience).


Basically, to prewire your audience before a big proposal, meet with your stakeholders one-on-one to brief them on what you want to do, get their feedback, address their concerns, and answer their questions in the days and weeks leading up to your presentation.


By doing so, you increase your odds of success because everyone is better prepared for the discussion.



Post Tip Discussion: Bad Boss Advice


When your boss gives you bad advice about speaking, what should you do? Generally, comply.


You may want  to dig a little deeper. Ask for more information about the advice. Try to understand the context and details around it. What is the problem your boss hopes to address with this advice? Is there a more effective way that you can accomplish the same goal? There may be an opportunity for discussion here.


But you have to be prepared to comply and do things the "wrong" way if your boss insists. Doing otherwise is likely to be counter-productive if your goal is to stay employed and stay in your bosses good graces. If you're not comfortable with complying, then perhaps it's time to leave that organization.


Bosses also need to be mindful about the advice they give. A casual thought or some simple thinking-out-loud may be perceived by an employee as an order or policy change, and that can get ugly.


Call To Action


  • Have you gotten bad advice from a boss? How did you handle it? Tell us about it in the comments here.
  • Are you a boss who's had an employee take a suggestion too seriously? Tell us what happened here.
  • Enable the 2-Minute Talk Tips Skill in your Echo device and rate it in the Alexa app.
  • Prewire your next big meeting.
  • Don't get best...get better.


Check out this episode!


Episode 012 -- Alexa and Stroke Recovery

The Amazon Echo is a smart speaker. That means it has a microphone and connects to the internet. It can play music and podcasts and do so much more.

More than 30,000,000 people in the US have one of these things. If you'd like to join them, click here (affiliate link).

This week, I talk about 10 ways stroke survivors and caregivers can use the Echo to live a better life. They are:

  1. Calendar
  2. Medication Reminders
  3. Timers
  4. Remember this
  5. Shopping lists
  6. Audio Books
  7. Phone calls
  8. Ask my Buddy
  9. Meditation and Mindfulness
  10. Home automation

The reason I'm talking about it is because I have good news about Strokecast. There is now a Strokecast Alexa skill. You can go up to any Echo device in the US and say, "Alexa, enable Strokecast." It's great for anyone who prefers not to listen on their phone.

Where do we go from here?

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 060 -- Assume Your Screen Shows and More Thoughts on Storytelling



2-Minute Tip: Always Assume Your Screen is Showing


I think we've all been in that meeting at one point where someone's PC is connected to the projector and suddenly an embarrassing IM pops up. Or the meeting gets derailed by a 5-minute discussion about they're wallpaper.


There are lots of notifications that popup on our devices -- meeting reminders, email previews, Skype notices, Windows 10 Action Center updates, etc. Sometimes we just have assorted files scattered across folders or our desktop.


And sometimes we forget folks can see that stuff because we're just conducting our presentation. That's when it's easy to get into trouble.


Always assume your desktop is showing when connected to a projector, and make sure the only stuff on there is stuff it's okay for your audience to see.


Program note: Amazon Echo Skills


Both 2-Minute Talk Tips and Strokecast now have Amazon Alexa skills. You can listen to every episode from theses nifty speakers around your home.


Just go up to your echo device and say, "Alexa, enable 2-Minute Talk tips."


Then say, "Alexa, enable Strokecast."


If you don't have an Alexa device, you can order one here (affiliate link).


Post Tip Discussion: More Thoughts on Storytelling


More and more these days, I find myself thinking about storytelling. From holy books, to fables, to blockbuster movies, stories are what connect us. Stories are how we share history, teach lessons, build a community, and bond over shared victory or loss.


Stories are how we can tap into the Pathos side of the pathos-ethos-logos triangle and can make us much more effective speakers.



Call To Action:


  • What are your thoughts on storytelling? Tell us in the comments below and at 2minutetalktips.com/stories.
  • Find one new story every week that you might be able to use in a future presentation.
  • If you have an Alexa device, go up to it and say, "Alexa, enable 2-Minute Talk Tips."
  • If you want to purchase an Alexa device, visit this page on Amazon (affiliate link).
  • Assume your screen is showing every time you connect to a projector
  • Don't get best…get better.

Check out this episode!