Why Learn About Body Language? Here’s One Reason.

Why Learn About Body Language? Here’s One Reason.

Why do we bother with the hard and imprecise work of trying to understand body language?  After all, we’re already expert at it, more or less, with our unconscious minds, and those unconscious minds are faster, better, and infinitely more powerful human CPUs than our conscious minds.  Why do the hard work of taking this […]

We Are All Motivational Speakers

We Are All Motivational Speakers

Motivational speakers have something of a bad name in some circles, but the truth is that every speaking event has at least a little motivation in it, or it doesn’t happen at all.  The purpose of speaking, after all, is to change the world, and that requires persuasion.  And we can’t persuade an audience of […]

What’s the Most Important Moment for a Speaker?

What’s the Most Important Moment for a Speaker?

What’s the key moment in the life of the speaker?  Is it the standing ovation? The off-script excitement of a Q and A session? The moment of connection with an audience at the beginning of a talk? All those moments are important, but the most important moment is the moment before you go on.  How […]

What if Donald Trump Were a Woman?

What if Donald Trump Were a Woman?

What is the role of gender in public speaking?  It’s an incredibly complex question, and one about which I’ve posted before. Recently, a couple of INSEAD and NYU professors teamed up to illustrate a particularly vexed version of this question: the role of gender in the recent debates and election for the American president. They […]

Max Martin, Number One Song Hits, and Public Speaking

Max Martin, Number One Song Hits, and Public Speaking

There’s only one songwriting team who has written more Number One Billboard hits over more years than Max Martin:  John Lennon and Paul McCartney.  And yet few people outside of the music biz have even heard of Max Martin, a media-shy Swede who divides his time between Stockholm and Los Angeles. Martin has written and […]

What We Think We Know About Lying Is Wrong

What We Think We Know About Lying Is Wrong

A recent study has overturned what we think we know about lying.  Most of us have a pet theory about how to tell if someone is dissembling to us.  We may develop that theory from observations of those people we know well and see regularly, but we tend to generalize from those ‘tells’ we’ve uncovered […]

Five Body Language Takeaways from President Trump’s Address to Congress

Five Body Language Takeaways from President Trump’s Address to Congress

President Kennedy began his famous inaugural address with a line about a torch: Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans. . . . And he closed it with another image about lighting up the world: […]