I was originally going to call my book Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Personal Impact (which launched a year ago this week) by another title: Mastery. Now, unless you’ve been through the book writing and publishing mill, you may not know a curious fact about the process: the title of the book is one of the two things that a publisher cares about and reserves… Read More
When Joseph Campbell (The Hero with a Thousand Faces) introduced the Quest and following your bliss to the world and to George Lucas, his thinking derived in part from the Sanskrit exploration of ontology, the study of what it means to be a sentient being. As Campbell explains, “There are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: Sat, Chit, Ananda. The word ‘Sat’ means being…. Read More
A recent study of CEO’s voices – and they were all male – found that the ones with lower voices made more money than higher-voiced counterparts in other companies. Add that study to the many other such studies about voices and leadership, and you’d be pardoned for freaking out if your voice doesn’t sound like James Earl Jones. How can you possibly succeed? And I get asked by women clients about voices… Read More
Speakers frequently ask me about what to wear for their big day. My advice is always the same. Now, a study has come along from Abraham Rutchick, a professor of psychology at California State University, that adds a new wrinkle. First, there are the basic ideas I recommend that haven’t changed.
Back in the day when I was trying (and not succeeding) to make a living as an actor, one of the classes I took introduced a simple game that I’ve been playing off and on ever since. It was at first useful for developing Improv skills as an actor, then for storytelling skills as a speechwriter, then for passing the time in the car with young children, then as an icebreaker for… Read More