Online Trust is Fragile: Why Herman Cain hasn’t quit yet and other modern era mysteries

I’m fascinated by politicians like Herman Cain and Rick Perry who hang in there – along with their most loyal staff and supporters – long after everyone in the outside world can see that they’re dead in the water.  Why the difference in perspective?  Of course, a huge piece of it is simply the momentum […]

Can you inspire an audience with a negative message?

Can a speaker inspire an audience with a negative message?  The short answer is ‘no’, but of course you’re thinking about politicians – just to take a particularly blatant example – who appear to inspire their followers with all sorts of negative messages, so you’re thinking, ‘certainly a speaker can!’  But you would be wrong.    […]

Top Ten Reasons for Public Speakers to be Thankful

10.  Toastmasters.  The volunteer organization that will give you the chance to learn the craft of public speaking in a relatively safe space, at little or no cost.  9.  William Safire’s Lend Me Your Ears.   Still the best collection of great speeches, and a must-have resource for any serious public speaker.  8.  TED.com.  It’s getting […]

The future of the book? David Meerman Scott, the news media, and Newsjacking.

Readers of this blog will recognize the name David Meerman Scott – he’s a bestselling author and successful speaker and a client – and will be interested to know that he’s done it again.  He’s pointed the way forward in the publishing industry by putting out an e-book, on Amazon and iTunes, and published by […]