The Scariest Public Speaking Moments Ever

It’s Halloween – or almost, depending on when you’re reading this – in the US, and it’s a big deal here. I read somewhere that it has become a bigger holiday than Christmas for retailers – can that be true? I got to thinking about the scariest moments public speakers have, naturally enough, and compiled […]

Are You Overworked and Overwhelmed? Here’s How to Cope

When I first got the email from Scott Eblin, a friend and sometime client, about his new book, Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative, I was happy for him and secretly hoping that he wouldn’t ask me to do anything hard for him, like actually read the book. You see, I’m way too overworked and […]

The Difference Between Liberal and Conservative Audiences

Most countries have a political spectrum that divides along conservative v liberal lines. In the US, it’s the Republicans v the Democrats; in the UK, it’s the Tories v the Laborites; in Game of Thrones, it’s King’s Landing v Winterfell, and so on. Now, some recent research helps us understand what underlies the differences between […]

Perfectionism and Public Speaking

Is it good to be a perfectionist? Perfectionists would say yes, of course; it leads to better results in work and life. The psychologists say it leads to misery, and a higher risk of suicide. A specialist in the field, Professor Gordon Flett of York University, has written a book on the subject, and a […]

Why Do We Make Audiences Sit in the Dark?

Why turn down the lights? What follows is a rant. If you’re not in the mood, skip this post. You’re standing in the wings. You’re a speaker about to speak to an audience of 1,000 souls at a conference with all the bells and whistles that technology and a good staging company can provide: IMAG […]