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 […]

Is This Your Year to Write a Book?

Is This Your Year to Write a Book?

Should you write a book this year?  Do you have an idea that you’re convinced the world needs to read about?  Consider the strange experience of Mr. Franz Kafka. Apparently Kafka became obsessed as a young man with the idea of writing travel guides that would give real, detailed advice about the actual opening hours […]

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 […]