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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

I am hypothyroid. It’s a curious disease that means my thyroid doesn’t make enough of the hormones that the thyroid normally makes and sends to every cell in your body. Symptoms can show up in a myriad of obscure ways, but the most common are slow metabolism and poor circulation, so you feel cold a […]

How Humans Mirror Each Other

How Humans Mirror Each Other

The human brain is a wonderful mirror to other humans. We have mirror neurons in our heads that help us share emotions with others, sending back their fear or anger or joy or love. That’s a very good thing, because it means empathy is real, sharing is profound, and we are not alone. In particular, […]

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

A recent study rated people’s attractiveness after they demonstrated an emotion. It turns out that I will find you attractive if your emotions are easy to read. If they’re hard to read, on the other hand, I’m not going to be so ready to like you. The finding has interesting implications for public speakers and […]