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 […]

Video Conferencing Dos and Don’ts

Video Conferencing Dos and Don’ts

Recently, I had the chance to chat with Michael Frendo, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Engineering for Polycom, about a subject important to both of us: the future of communications in a virtual world. Polycom makes the phones that inhabit conference rooms around the world, as well as video and other “voice and content solutions,” for […]

Five Public Speaking Lessons from Donald Trump’s Thursday Night Acceptance Speech

Five Public Speaking Lessons from Donald Trump’s Thursday Night Acceptance Speech

Donald Trump is one of those figures that politics churns up from time to time about whom few are half-hearted – he’s both strongly approved of and strongly disliked. His speech to the Republican faithful on Thursday night, accepting the nomination as their candidate for U.S. President, was vintage Trump, and provoked equally strong reactions […]

What It Takes to Succeed as a Public Speaker Today

What It Takes to Succeed as a Public Speaker Today

Motivational speeches have acquired a bad name in some quarters. In 2008-9, the market for them tanked, and ever since meeting planners, speaker bureaus, and people looking for speakers have insisted on something called “takeaways,” meaning practical things you can do right away to increase employee morale, productivity, and throughput per pod-human (TPPH), or whatever […]

The Night Sir Paul McCartney Danced with the Gronk

The Night Sir Paul McCartney Danced with the Gronk

I joined roughly 35,000 people this past weekend to see a living legend play guitar, piano, and sing. Sir Paul McCartney, at 74, is past the age most people would care to be working nights with a lot of people watching, but then Sir Paul is no ordinary person. He has written or co-written 32 […]

Is the Ego the Enemy in Public Speaking?

Is the Ego the Enemy in Public Speaking?

What makes public speaking most difficult is that you’re putting yourself out there, and you’re afraid of judgment. You’re afraid of things going badly. You’re afraid of someone calling you out for the fraud you fear yourself to be. You’re afraid someone will ask you a question you don’t know how to answer. You’re afraid […]

How To Talk to Audiences so that They Remember What You Say

How To Talk to Audiences so that They Remember What You Say

Some recent research on memory and retention has important implications for public speakers everywhere who care about their audiences actually remembering what they’ve said. First of all, the good news. The human brain can retain ten times more than previously thought, a new study finds. That’s as much information as the entire Internet. It’s petabytes, […]