The 10 Commandments of Presentations, Updated

The 10 Commandments of Presentations, Updated

For my last blog post of 2015, I’m inspired to update a post I did a few years back. I.Thou shall speak authentically, avoiding all marketing BS and self-serving promotion. Thou shall sound as little like an American presidential candidate as possible, not trying to promise all things to all people. II.Thou shall focus on […]

The Republican Presidential Body Language Sweepstakes So Far

The Republican Presidential Body Language Sweepstakes So Far

What’s the body language score from the debate last night – the last Republican debate in 2015? It was the last chance for the candidates to impress themselves upon the voters before the holidays. The real voting is fast approaching, and the candidates must be feeling a little desperate. How to stand out in such […]

How to Give an Authentic Presentation

How to Give an Authentic Presentation

The nonverbal conversation – your body language dialogue with the audience – will make or break you as a speaker. It’s where authenticity is created or destroyed. And you can’t just wing it. The irony is that winging it looks fake – because a certain amount of fumbling around is involved and that looks fake. […]

How to Become a Happy Speaker in Seven Steps

How to Become a Happy Speaker in Seven Steps

As I wind down the year, and I talk to client, friends, and fellow travelers in the speaking business, I hear common complaints about what makes their lives miserable as speakers. None of these are particularly unique to 2015 – the miseries of the speaking business are the same year in and year out. Sure, […]

How Many Questions Should You Ask an Audience?

How Many Questions Should You Ask an Audience?

A recent question from reader and creator of the great blog and book about inquiry, A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger, had to do with involving the audience. What is the right time, and what are the right ways, to involve audiences? Warren had heard a keynoter ask lots of questions of the audience, rhetorical and otherwise, and […]

How to Give a Memorable Presentation

Neuroscience is finally starting to crack the twin processes of remembering and forgetting – with important implications for public speakers. Important because, as I’ve talked about before, audiences forget more than they remember – a whole lot more – and the process of public speaking is a poor way to present information. At least, information […]

The Body Language Mysteries of the Presidential Campaign So Far

The American presidential campaign has already produced a number of mysteries that historians will no doubt puzzle over for many years to come. In particular, analyzing the body language of the candidates – especially on the Republican side, because that’s more interesting – yields some real body blows to the received wisdom. The mysteries are […]