Should You Approach Your Audience When Giving a Talk – Or Walk Away?

A recent research result was reported in the media as indicating that there may be something called “approach aversion” that people instinctively have toward people and objects coming toward them.  My first reaction, when I read this, was really?  Cake?  Ice Cream?  If only I had approach aversion to those delicious items my dietary problems […]

Why Speakers Need to Worry About the Audience’s Stress Level

A new study by a team of German psychologists has determined that seeing another person under stress activates your stress hormones.  Stress is contagious.  We leak our emotions to each other. Both men and women are affected in the same way; gender makes no difference, despite traditional assumptions that women may be more empathetic than […]

Who Is the World’s Most Influential Leader, and What Does It Take to Lead Today?

Who is the world’s most influential leader?  According to our highly unscientific survey last week – a contest we ran in order to give away five copies of my new book, Power Cues – it’s Jesus by a whisker, followed closely by Nelson Mandela and Gandhi.  Martin Luther King, Jr, the Dalai Lama, the current […]

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Publishing A Book

In celebration of the publication of my new book, Power Cues, let’s compare the state of the industry in 2003, when my first book, Give Your Speech, Change the World, was published, 2008, when Trust Me, my second book, was released, and today, May 13, 2014, Power Cues’ debut. In 2003, there was an Internet, […]

How Speakers Can Use Body Language To Deliver Great Speeches – 4

For public speakers the body language news is both good and bad. The good news is that you are already an unconscious expert, for the most part, in reading some of the body language cues and the concomitant underlying emotions of people familiar to you. For example, arriving home, you can tell in an instant if your significant […]

How Public Speakers Can Use Body Language to Deliver Great Speeches – 3

For public speakers the body language news is both good and bad. The good news is that you are already an unconscious expert, for the most part, in reading some of the body language cues and the concomitant underlying emotions of people familiar to you. For example, arriving home, you can tell in an instant if your […]

How Public Speakers Can Use Body Language to Deliver Great Speeches – 2

So, if focusing on particular gestures isn’t reliable, what can you use to decode body language? Your unconscious mind. It’s already hard at work, practically 24/7, reading the body language of everyone who comes into your field of ken. What it looks for is intent. It checks people to see if they’re powerful or subservient, […]