The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

We’re only just beginning to understand how the mind works. As communicators, we still need to leaven our smugness when, say, a speech goes well, or a meeting, or a conversation, with humility. That’s because the huge majority of our communications are unconscious – and most of us are unintentional, unaware, unconscious communicators. I’ve been […]

What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know About Body Language

What We Don’t Know We Don’t Know About Body Language

One of the most fascinating abilities of the human unconscious mind is one you never think about (consciously) and yet use everyday: you have an incredible ability to recognize many different human voices virtually without effort, almost instantaneously. You can recognize family, friends, colleagues, famous people, and lots of people on television who are semi-famous, […]

The Seven Keys to Successful Public Speaking, 2016

The Seven Keys to Successful Public Speaking, 2016

What does it take to create a successful speech – and a successful speaking career — in 2016? The rules have changed, and it’s useful to consider the following seven keys to successful speaking in order to ensure that every time you step onto the stage you’re sure-footed and don’t make a wrong move. 1.Authenticity […]

What’s in it for me?

What’s in it for me?

I work with a wide variety of speakers, from professionals who want to polish their approach to make it as top-notch as possible, to executives who are hoping to add a little charisma to their personas, to students just beginning their journey of self-expression along the public speaking dimension. Some of those speakers start becoming […]

The Extraordinary Caleb Maddix, Entrepreneur

Every now and then a story comes along that’s simply too good to pass up. I blog about the hard work of becoming a better speaker, becoming a better professional speaker, and becoming a better communicator. For most of us, myself certainly included, it’s lifetime work. You’re never there; you’re always striving to get better. […]

Seth Godin, Front Row Culture, and High School Holdovers

Seth Godin, Front Row Culture, and High School Holdovers

I’m a huge fan of Seth Godin’s amazing blog and I was fascinated to read his commentary recently on the difference between what he called front row cultures and the contrasting empty rows of some company meetings (and by extension, some conferences and meetings with the same strengths and weaknesses). It reminded me of parallel […]

How to Speak Up Without Freaking Out

How to Speak Up Without Freaking Out

Anxiety about public speaking is a near-universal feeling. And so books that focus on helping people deal with that anxiety are perennial sellers. Matt Abrahams’ Speaking up without Freaking Out is no exception, and so I was pleased when I had the chance to talk with him about the book and his approach to communications. […]

Public Speaking Professionalism, Performance, and the Beatles

Public Speaking Professionalism, Performance, and the Beatles

How much should you rehearse your speech? What does it mean to be a professional speaker? I often hear from semi-pro speakers and wannabe speakers that you shouldn’t rehearse too much lest you grow stale. To my way of thinking, that represents the wrong way to think about rehearsal – and professionalism. I’ll explain my […]