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 Rick Altman of the Presentation Summit

Q and A with Rick Altman of the Presentation Summit

I’ve been a fan of the Presentation Summit and Rick Altman for a long time.  I even spoke at one a few years ago, and I’m up again this fall at the 2017 version, so I’m very excited to renew some old acquaintances, make new ones, and see how fast Rick falls apart under maximum […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Going Viral May Be the Worst Thing That Happens to Your Business

Why Going Viral May Be the Worst Thing That Happens to Your Business

The dream of the modern marketer is the viral video, or Internet sensation, or meme. Once you’ve got that, you have it made, right? It’s the modern business equivalent of the old fairy tale line, “and they lived happily ever after.” What’s not to like? You’ll be feted by the media, courted by the money […]