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 […]

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 […]

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. […]