Our regular host Mark Felstead in this week’s episode, meets in the Axica’s Sky Lobby, Bernhard Wolff, creator and presenter of the popular ‘Ideenfrühstück’ (Ideas Breakfast) which has been a regular series, featuring great ideas to start your day with a creative impulse.
Bernhard, who came to Berlin from Hamburg 12 years ago, is much more than a breakfast time ideas man, however. He moved from being a magician and entertainer to stand-up comedy and transferring his skills from there to the slightly better behaved audiences of corporate events.
He now spends most of his presenting time online and at the end of the podcast he shares his personal Top 5 tips for effective online communication, so stick with the programme, as they say. Not all his methods are by the playbook and he describes using a toaster as a timer for his act. Certainly an attention grabber.
He is also the master of the visual gag (and he’ll need all his magical talents to conjure that image up in a podcast) and talks about the relevance of imaging and how to fool the brain’s power to perceive. His party trick is talking backwards and even eating a banana backwards.
Bernhard also uses the hidden messages and backward speak to illustrate psychological perception patterns. All his ‘magical’ powers can’t quite keep Mark from going off piste, as usual, and the conversation wanders through the different waters and ‘hoods’ of Berlin and their appropriate dress codes, before magically arriving back at the script which then examines what characteristics can indicate a person’s willingness to adapt.
The crisis threw up plenty of surprises as to what type of characters could adapt best and those that were not able, is Bernhard concluding insight.
And, then, those five presenting tips at the end:
- Get closer. Many presenters are too remote from the camera
- Use dialogue, Q&A to prove you are in a ‘live’ situation and make the difference from a recording.
- Tell people where you are, the location.
- Practise and rehearse. Online is no less important than live stage work
- Create crisp formats. Do things sharper and surprise people.
We learn it is not easy to translate the old stage world into online but you can certainly improve with a few lessons from the master.