The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 2

The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 2

Every single human voice has a slightly different mix of its basic pitch, undertones and overtones.  Added together and they give each voice a distinctive quality – what musicians call the timbre of an instrument, only for the voice.  You are so good at hearing the timbre of human voices that you can identify every […]

The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 1

The Communication Problem at the Heart of Our Digital Era, Part 1

We live half our lives in the virtual world, half in the real, so that many of our communications are wholly virtual, and that’s a human disaster. The ongoing human emotional train wreck that is the digital era began, arguably, with email and the attempt to solve two particular problems with older forms of communication:  […]

Our Most Common Vocal Sins and What to Do About Them

Our Most Common Vocal Sins and What to Do About Them

I wish I could say that the 21st Century, while giving rise to technological wonders, artisan coffee, and Uber, has also seen the dawn of a new age of public speaking, and the voice.  Sadly, that’s not the case, and voices are getting worse.  Mobile phones, headsets, and open cube-style offices have corrupted our ability […]

How to Make Your Speaking Voice Sound More Intelligent

You’re standing in the wings, getting ready to go on stage to give an important speech.  If you’re like most people, you’re just a little nervous at this point.  Well, OK, maybe more than a little nervous.  Maybe you’re terrified.  And maybe you’re asking yourself, how do I sound more intelligent, confident, dominant, and attractive […]

An Update on Proxemics

An Update on Proxemics

Edward T. Hall virtually single-handedly invented the science of proxemics a generation ago, studying how humans handle the distances between us.  The word never caught on, but his insights have been extraordinarily valuable to those of us who are fascinated with body language and the ways in which humans communicate with one another. As I’ve mentioned […]