Today, for my blog, I'm linking to a piece I just published on HBR.org, taking lessons from President Obama's State of the Union address last Tuesday for chief executives and how they can improve on the President's approach: http://bit.ly/gCLMPn. Enjoy!
The origins of Power Point were solidly grounded in good intentions. Remember slides? People put pictures on them, or graphs — visual aids. They were intended to act as accompaniments to lectures and presentations. The whole idea was that the speaker would talk for a while, and then occasionally show a slide that illustrated a […]
The other day Harvard asked me to boil down the creation of a great speech into 5 quick steps for busy executives. Here's the result in a short video. Enjoy! How to Create a Great Presentation from Harvard Business Publishing on Vimeo.
What should POTUS say during his SOTU? Washington is a city of acronyms, so that sentence actually makes sense inside the DC beltway. And that hits at the heart of the problem of every State of the Union (SOTU) address since George Washington first reported to Congress on January 8, 1790: they’re insider laundry lists. […]
It was fifty years ago today that President John F. Kennedy delivered one of the shortest and most memorable inaugural addresses by a U.S. president. As most people know, the speech was the product of a collaboration between Kennedy and Ted Sorensen, Special Counsel to the President, and his speechwriter. But what you don’t know […]
From a series produced by SkillSoft, July 2010. Don’t hide behind the podium — instead choreograph your speech so that you involve the audience. Watch on YouTube»
From a series produced by SkillSoft, July 2010. What do you do if you have to give a speech on something that you’re not entirely enthusiastic about? Make sure you tell an emotional truth. Watch on YouTube»
From a series produced by SkillSoft, July 2010. There are five fundamental stories that we all respond to because we learn them from an early age. Use these 5 stories in all your communications and see your impact increase enormously. Watch on YouTube»
From a series produced by SkillSoft, July 2010. Let go of all the extraneous stuff and focus on your audience. Make sure you tell them one idea and one idea only. Watch on YouTube»
From a series produced by SkillSoft, July 2010. Most people spend a lot of time preparing slides or thinking about content when they’re getting ready for a speech. But if you neglect the ‘second conversation’ — the body language — it will sabotage you every time. Watch on YouTube»