Principles of Public Speaking – the Final Seven

With this blog post, I’m concluding a series of public speaking principles that are a summation of what I’ve learned about this fiendishly difficult art and science over three decades of practice, coaching, learning from others, and research, especially neuroscience.  The final seven concern general issues of delivery and the speaker. 71.Find ways to protect […]

How to create an unforgettable speech

How to create an unforgettable speech

The secret wish of every speaker, once they’ve gotten past the goal of simply surviving the experience, is to have the audience leap to their feet as one at the end of the speech and deliver a heartfelt, rousing, long, noisy standing ovation. Admit it:  you want to deliver something extraordinary, something unforgettable – something […]

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 […]

The Speakers’ Code – Ten Tenets of Public Speaking

The Speakers’ Code – Ten Tenets of Public Speaking

Speakers don’t have a union, and we’re a motley collection of thought leaders, experts, teachers, crusaders (in the non-twelfth-century, deracinated version of the term), and misfits.  We’re on our own a good deal of the time on the road, on the stage, and on the search for new ideas. So we need a code. Here’s […]

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 Body Language Takeaways from President Trump’s Address to Congress

Five Body Language Takeaways from President Trump’s Address to Congress

President Kennedy began his famous inaugural address with a line about a torch: Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans. . . . And he closed it with another image about lighting up the world: […]