When The Show Must Absolutely Positively Go On

When The Show Must Absolutely Positively Go On

All professional speakers, and indeed virtually all speakers, have had days when they’ve been at less than their best.  They’ve had days when illness has made it really, really difficult to keep going.  And they’ve had days when travel problems mean that they are unable to be physically present at the gig.  None of these […]

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

Happy New Year 2019!  If you thought last year was wild, weird and, well, pretty awful, then obviously you were as fixated on the American political scene as I was.  And don’t get me started on Brexit!  Here’s the thing:  2019 will see the culmination of crazy trends in both realms.  If there’s anything we […]

How to Structure a Great Speech

How to Structure a Great Speech

How do you structure a great speech? Here’s a quick way to think about a speech structure that works in many situations.  A great speech puts the occasion, the audience, and the speaker together in an unforgettable way. All three pieces of the rhetorical puzzle are important. Begin by considering the audience’s needs. Ultimately a great […]