Amy Cuddy on Presence

Amy Cuddy on Presence

Amy Cuddy’s wonderful book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges, published in 2015, begins with a story of her traumatic brain injury leading to her lifelong interest in body language and the deep connections between body and mind. Those of you who have read my book Power Cues: The Subtle Science of […]

How to write a commencement speech

How to write a commencement speech

It’s commencement season around the US. Several thousand universities, and tens of thousands of high schools, are gathering to bestow their degrees on proud graduates throughout the United States. And that means speeches – in particular, the dreaded Commencement Address. A recent New York Times article gives an excellent survey of some of the most […]

Beware the Unconscious Dialogue You’re Having with your Audience

Beware the Unconscious Dialogue You’re Having with your Audience

What really happens when people try to communicate with one another? Specifically, when one person gets up in front of lots of other people and tries to inspire, inform, motivate, teach, change, or lead them? The first thing that happens is something that you may never have thought about before. The audience starts an unconscious […]

The Surprising Way Metaphors Will Strengthen Your Speeches

The Surprising Way Metaphors Will Strengthen Your Speeches

The human mind – especially the unconscious human mind – is still mostly a mystery to us, its owner. Neuroscience is helping to push back the boundaries of puzzlement; however, we have a long way to go. Psychology professor Adele Goldberg at Princeton University is doing her bit to help increase our understanding. In part, […]