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Tips for First-Timers from YP Speaker Dr. Todd Darnold

When exploring ways to simplify his life, Todd Darnold found that he identified with the minimalist philosophy. He discovered that its core tenants dovetailed with his beliefs on management. Thus, his blog, The Minimalist Manager, was born.

His breakout session March 9th at the YP Summit will focus on his minimalist approach, providing practical management examples and resources to simplify one’s life.

Public Speaking Made Simple

As you grow in your career and become an expert in your field it’s likely that one day you’ll be asked to speak in front of a large group. However exciting this may be, for many early career professionals it can be intimidating to put together an engaging and impactful presentation. We asked Todd to provide some tips for anyone who is about to tackle this fun (yet daunting) task.

Tips for First-Timers

Here are a few fundamental tips for putting together your own concept-based presentation:

  1. Know your audience: familiarize yourself with your audience’s goals and where they are in their careers or education and adapt your concept to their needs.
  1. Engage your audience: never speak more than 10-15 minutes without involving your audience. The more you and your audience interact, the more impactful your message will be.
  1. Make this engagement relative to your audience: include activities or discussions that will add value to your pre-written content.
  1. Give your audience achievable next steps: provide action items that your audience can apply to their own work environment to increase the long-term value of your talk.

Interested in learning more: Attend Dr. Todd Darnold’s breakout session at the YP Summit.

Todd Darnold, PhD, is the current Director of Leadership Programs and Charles “Mike” Harper Endowed Chair in Business Leadership at Creighton University’s Heider College of Business.

For more information on living a purpose-driven professional life, visit The Minimalist Manager at

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