Five Public Speaking Lessons from Donald Trump’s Thursday Night Acceptance Speech

Donald Trump is one of those figures that politics churns up from time to time about whom few are half-hearted – he’s both strongly approved of and strongly disliked. His speech to the Republican faithful on Thursday night, accepting the nomination as their candidate for U.S. President, was vintage Trump, and provoked equally strong reactions […]

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 […]

Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

I am hypothyroid. It’s a curious disease that means my thyroid doesn’t make enough of the hormones that the thyroid normally makes and sends to every cell in your body. Symptoms can show up in a myriad of obscure ways, but the most common are slow metabolism and poor circulation, so you feel cold a […]

How Humans Mirror Each Other

How Humans Mirror Each Other

The human brain is a wonderful mirror to other humans. We have mirror neurons in our heads that help us share emotions with others, sending back their fear or anger or joy or love. That’s a very good thing, because it means empathy is real, sharing is profound, and we are not alone. In particular, […]

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

A recent study rated people’s attractiveness after they demonstrated an emotion. It turns out that I will find you attractive if your emotions are easy to read. If they’re hard to read, on the other hand, I’m not going to be so ready to like you. The finding has interesting implications for public speakers and […]

My Top 10 Public Speaking Peeves

My Top 10 Public Speaking Peeves

I often post blogs on how to create and give great presentations. Occasionally, I talk about what not to do. Usually, in those cases, I focus on the big, fatal issues that kill great public speaking. Today, I’m looking at some pet peeves of mine. None of these are career-threatening; they’re just infelicities, minor annoyances […]

The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

We’re only just beginning to understand how the mind works. As communicators, we still need to leaven our smugness when, say, a speech goes well, or a meeting, or a conversation, with humility. That’s because the huge majority of our communications are unconscious – and most of us are unintentional, unaware, unconscious communicators. I’ve been […]

Public Speaking Professionalism, Performance, and the Beatles

Public Speaking Professionalism, Performance, and the Beatles

How much should you rehearse your speech? What does it mean to be a professional speaker? I often hear from semi-pro speakers and wannabe speakers that you shouldn’t rehearse too much lest you grow stale. To my way of thinking, that represents the wrong way to think about rehearsal – and professionalism. I’ll explain my […]