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 […]

Amy Cuddy on Presence

Amy Cuddy on Presence

Amy Cuddy’s wonderful book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges, published in 2015, begins with a story of her traumatic brain injury leading to her lifelong interest in body language and the deep connections between body and mind. Those of you who have read my book Power Cues: The Subtle Science of […]

How to Achieve Breakthroughs in Performance

How to Achieve Breakthroughs in Performance

I was fortunate, recently, to chat with the inimitable Cathy Salit, consultant, CEO, former actor and singer, high-school dropout, and author of the just-published book Performance Breakthrough, A Radical Approach to Success at Work. Cathy’s approach combines acting, improv, and positive psychology – a mix of ideas that readers familiar with this blog will recognize […]

How to Speak Up Without Freaking Out

How to Speak Up Without Freaking Out

Anxiety about public speaking is a near-universal feeling. And so books that focus on helping people deal with that anxiety are perennial sellers. Matt Abrahams’ Speaking up without Freaking Out is no exception, and so I was pleased when I had the chance to talk with him about the book and his approach to communications. […]