Why Learn About Body Language? Here’s One Reason.

Why Learn About Body Language? Here’s One Reason.

Why do we bother with the hard and imprecise work of trying to understand body language?  After all, we’re already expert at it, more or less, with our unconscious minds, and those unconscious minds are faster, better, and infinitely more powerful human CPUs than our conscious minds.  Why do the hard work of taking this […]

We Are All Motivational Speakers

We Are All Motivational Speakers

Motivational speakers have something of a bad name in some circles, but the truth is that every speaking event has at least a little motivation in it, or it doesn’t happen at all.  The purpose of speaking, after all, is to change the world, and that requires persuasion.  And we can’t persuade an audience of […]

Speakers – What’s Your Digital Persona?

Speakers – What’s Your Digital Persona?

Speakers, when was the last time you took stock of your digital persona?  I was thinking of the phenomenon of our second, digital lives recently in light of the legislative moves to make erasing unfortunate parts of your digital past a right. For speakers, keeping track of your digital persona, updating it, and ensuring that […]

What Should Speakers Wear?

What Should Speakers Wear?

What should speakers wear?  I’ve posted on this fiendishly difficult question in the past and it seemed time to do so again, since neuroscience has weighed in on the subject recently.  But first, some of the same basic issues remain, with the fresh twists that the ever-changing fashion world always provides. 1.The trend continues toward […]

What’s the Most Important Personality Trait for a Speaker?

What’s the Most Important Personality Trait for a Speaker?

What’s the most important trait for a speaker?  Extroversion?  Confidence? Charisma? I’m going to suggest something that may surprise you.  I think the most important trait is that one that has become obscured of late in our information-overloaded, media-hungry, celebrity-obsessed world:  humility. Why?  Because the only reason to give a speech is to change the […]

A Simple Way to Make Conferences Better

A Simple Way to Make Conferences Better

A weary traveler, down on his luck, comes to an inn.  He’s cold and hungry, so he goes into the common room.  There he sees a table spread with all sorts of delicacies and delicious-smelling food. And yet, he notices right away that the people sitting around the table look hungry, sad, and frustrated.  Soon […]

What We Think We Know About Lying Is Wrong

What We Think We Know About Lying Is Wrong

A recent study has overturned what we think we know about lying.  Most of us have a pet theory about how to tell if someone is dissembling to us.  We may develop that theory from observations of those people we know well and see regularly, but we tend to generalize from those ‘tells’ we’ve uncovered […]

Five Ways to Ensure Presentation Success

Five Ways to Ensure Presentation Success

Clients often ask me, “How can I raise my game?” or “How can I take my speaking to the next level?” or “How can I deliver a kick-ass keynote?”  It usually turns out that they’re thinking about delivery.  They’re looking for some secret voodoo hand gesture that will turn them into charismatic combinations of Mick […]

Why Speakers Should be Helping Audiences Forget What They Know

Why Speakers Should be Helping Audiences Forget What They Know

There’s a particularly tedious kind of speaker that ostentatiously tries to teach his audience something by having the audience repeatedly recall some big idea, or some list, or the seven levels of . . . knowledge about a certain subject.  The hapless audience has to shout out, or chant in unison, or (worst of all) […]