What Public Speakers Get Wrong And Audiences Need

What Public Speakers Get Wrong And Audiences Need

It’s been nagging at me for some time now that the speaking business is changing, because audiences are changing, and speakers are responding in precisely the wrong way. Meeting planners, speaker bureaus, and speakers everywhere take note. What’s happened? A little history is in order. In 2008-9, the speaking business – the conference business – […]

How To Develop Great Thought Leadership Ideas

How To Develop Great Thought Leadership Ideas

Over two decades of working with clients to develop thought leadership, speeches, books, brands, and thriving online communities, we’ve come up with a lot of ideas. And I’m often asked how we do it. My response is always, “We ask more questions in a day than your significant other will in a lifetime.” That’s an […]

Five Secrets for a Successful Job Interview

Five Secrets for a Successful Job Interview

Is it time in your career to look for a new job? Do you have that interview already lined up? Here are some modern, counter-intuitive takes on having a successful interview. The world has changed; so has job hunting. Be ready, and good luck! 1.Train like an Olympian. Malcolm Gladwell was wrong; it isn’t about […]

Bruce Lee Helps You Become a Black Belt in Public Speaking

Bruce Lee Helps You Become a Black Belt in Public Speaking

I’m a big fan – I was going to say “huge,” but Donald Trump has commandeered that word for the time being – of a blog that you should know about if you don’t already: Brain Pickings Weekly. It’s a compendium of wonderful musings on love, life, and philosophy, and I learn something from it every […]

Your Stress Is Contagious.

Your Stress Is Contagious.

The second of two articles about the adrenaline response. We suspected it. The research and speculation about mirror neurons predicted it. Now a recent study shows it: stress – and the emotions of frustration, anxiety and fear that go with it – are contagious. Strangers leak their stress to you. Watching TV – with its […]

Why You Need to Be an Intentional Communicator

Why You Need to Be an Intentional Communicator

Most of us think we’re intentional about our communications, but we’re actually not – at least, not very often. The reason is that we spend a lot of time thinking consciously about what we’re trying to say, but we don’t often spend much time thinking about how we’re going to say it. We miss the […]

Can You Handle Your Adrenaline?  Can Your Audience?

Can You Handle Your Adrenaline? Can Your Audience?

Most speakers get to know their adrenaline fight-or-flight response very, very well. To be sure, I’ve met a few speakers who remain as cool as ice in January and never experience the sweaty palms, the rapidly beating heart, the racing thoughts, and the unmitigated wish to be sitting in a bar somewhere nursing a gin […]

Where Are All the Storytellers?

Where Are All the Storytellers?

In the early days of my blog, back in 2008 (almost a decade ago!) when I argued for more storytelling in public speaking, the idea was radical. Now, it has gone mainstream, nearly. Almost everyone pays at least lip service to the importance of storytelling in public speaking, and some people are even actually doing […]

Five Lessons from Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech

Five Lessons from Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech

Once again, I’m blogging about the takeaways from the presidential nominee’s speech to (in this case) her convention on Thursday night. Beyond the world of politics, what can we learn about public speaking from this excellent example of a public speech, one that – just like Mr. Trump’s – was watched by millions of people […]

How to Use Improv to Make Your Work Day Better

How to Use Improv to Make Your Work Day Better

Recently, I had the pleasure of engaging in a Q and A with Cathy Salit, head of Performance of a Lifetime and author of Performance Breakthrough: A Radical to Success at Work, Hachette, 2016. Salit applies principles from the world of acting and Improv to work scenarios in order to help individuals and teams improve […]