Trump v Clinton, One Last Time

Trump v Clinton, One Last Time

And now for the acceptance and concession speeches after the U.S. Presidential Election.  It’s a chance to see Trump v Clinton, one last time.  What will the President-elect and the losing candidate each say about the experience of the campaign and the path forward?  What will President Obama say about the results?  And what will […]

How to Reduce Speech Anxiety – or Pre-Election-Results Anxiety

How to Reduce Speech Anxiety – or Pre-Election-Results Anxiety

If you’re an American – heck, if you’re anywhere on the globe – you would be pardoned for feeling a bit of anxiety today, the end of a long, dispiriting, and even embarrassing Presidential campaign.  The good news is that voting is finally here, and there’s a good chance we’ll have a new President informally […]

Your Questions and Answers About Public Speaking

Your Questions and Answers About Public Speaking

I’m a little slow to the party, I know, but I did my first Facebook Live chat last week for Harvard and had a fun time taking as many questions as I could.  If you missed it, it’s available here and here. I thought it was a great opportunity to see what’s on the mind […]

Mr. Trump, Mrs Clinton, and Dry Mouth

Mr. Trump, Mrs Clinton, and Dry Mouth

We did it. We survived the angriest three Presidential debates in the angriest Presidential campaign since Jefferson versus Adams in 1800. I’ve been reflecting on what we can learn as public speakers from the debates, and even at this brief remove there is already one clear lesson: preparation counts. Basically, as we heard throughout the […]

Who Won The Third (and Angriest) Presidential Debate?

Who Won The Third (and Angriest) Presidential Debate?

The third and final presidential debate was the angriest, beginning with the opening, as the two candidates walked on. The walk on  Secretary Clinton walked on to the debate stage for her final debate with Mr. Trump with her usual confidence. Mr. Trump also took the stage with greater confidence than in his previous two […]

The Power and Purpose of the Pause in Public Speaking

The Power and Purpose of the Pause in Public Speaking

A reader of this blog asked me some time ago to post on pauses, something I’ve written about from time to time in the past. In fact, the reader referred to the primary debates, and at the time I was suffering from a surfeit of them and just couldn’t muster the enthusiasm. But something about […]

Who Won the Body Language Debate Last Night?

Who Won the Body Language Debate Last Night?

Donald Trump exploded on the debate scene in the Republican primaries and his opponents were at first completely flummoxed. He dominated them effortlessly and endlessly. His sheer size, his focused anger, his ability to steal the camera away from everyone else even when he wasn’t speaking thanks to his facial reactions, and his big open […]

Do Your Gut Feelings Help You as a Speaker?

Do Your Gut Feelings Help You as a Speaker?

The story goes that when George Soros, the hedge fund bazillionaire, was still a fund manager, he would monitor his backaches and use them as a sign that there was something wrong with his portfolio. What are gut feelings? Are they real or imagined? And for public speakers – should gut feelings guide your performance […]

The Five Mistakes Public Speakers Are Making Now

The Five Mistakes Public Speakers Are Making Now

I’ve written recently about insights, secrets and success factors for public speakers. Attending a conference a couple of weeks ago, I was more struck by the common mistakes that speaker after speaker was making and so I thought it was time to write about what to avoid. Here are five mistakes I’m seeing a good […]

What Adele Has to Teach Public Speakers Everywhere

What Adele Has to Teach Public Speakers Everywhere

Unless you’ve been living under a musical rock for the last eight years, you know that Adele possesses one of the most remarkable pop singing voices that has ever set teenage hearts a-quiver, belting hit after soulful hit about loss and break-ups and loneliness. So when I had the chance to hear her live the […]