Public speaking and emotional intelligence

Public speaking and emotional intelligence

Daniel Goleman’s brilliant 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence, gathered and synthesized some research about what it takes for people to get along in the world.  The phrase “emotional intelligence” has become part of the lexicon and indeed seems to be enjoying a bit of a renaissance just now, two decades later.  Perhaps because we are experiencing […]

Alan Alda on Improv, Empathy, and his New Book

Alan Alda on Improv, Empathy, and his New Book

I first encountered Alan Alda as the irreverent, anti-war doctor in M*A*S*H* the TV show.  It was one of those shows that seemed important at the time because of its anti-war attitude and other acts of rebellion.  It gave comfort to those of us for whom the war was a long way off, but the […]

Q and A with Tucker Max

Q and A with Tucker Max

I’m taking a short break this week from posting about the principles of public speaking to put a couple of Q and As out.  This is the second. Enjoy!  Next week I’ll return to the principles of public speaking. The traditional book publishing business is getting up-ended in a number of ways.  Many of them […]

How to Create Messages that Are Impossible to Ignore

How to Create Messages that Are Impossible to Ignore

I had the pleasure recently of chatting with Dr. Carmen Simon, a cognitive scientist who works for Rexi Media, a company that uses brain science to transform presentations. She’s also the author of Impossible to Ignore, published this year by McGraw-Hill, a book about crafting memorable messages using insights from brain science to make them […]

How to Use Improv to Make Your Work Day Better

How to Use Improv to Make Your Work Day Better

Recently, I had the pleasure of engaging in a Q and A with Cathy Salit, head of Performance of a Lifetime and author of Performance Breakthrough: A Radical to Success at Work, Hachette, 2016. Salit applies principles from the world of acting and Improv to work scenarios in order to help individuals and teams improve […]

Is the Ego the Enemy in Public Speaking?

Is the Ego the Enemy in Public Speaking?

What makes public speaking most difficult is that you’re putting yourself out there, and you’re afraid of judgment. You’re afraid of things going badly. You’re afraid of someone calling you out for the fraud you fear yourself to be. You’re afraid someone will ask you a question you don’t know how to answer. You’re afraid […]