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 […]

How to listen to a speech

How to listen to a speech

I so often write about how to create and give better speeches that I rarely write about listening to speeches.  But of course the audience is one of the three essential elements of a public speech – without an audience, it’s not a speech any more than it’s a speech without a speaker or content.  […]

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 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 […]

How to be a Successful Speaker in Turbulent Times

How to be a Successful Speaker in Turbulent Times

(The second of two articles about preparing for 2017.) It’s official: we are living in turbulent times.  I’ve never seen such a high level of anxiety among fellow speakers, in the audiences speakers address, and in the industry itself – among the meeting planners, conference organizers, and speaker bureau reps. It’s not entirely clear why […]

How to Reprogram Your Brain and Gut for Excellence

How to Reprogram Your Brain and Gut for Excellence

The human body is an assemblage of systems that have a surprising degree of autonomy from one another, and that are all busy managing various aspects of our mental and physical lives. Nonetheless, they do communicate with one another, and that’s why the human assemblage works pretty well most of the time. Except when we’re […]

How to Use Your Gut in Public Speaking

How to Use Your Gut in Public Speaking

Your body language at any given moment is a fascinating and formidable mix of history and how you’re feeling right then – the habit and the moment.  Your habits have developed over time and represent characteristic ways you respond to the world – how you think and feel about both good and bad events, stress […]

How to Reduce Speech Anxiety – or Pre-Election-Results Anxiety

How to Reduce Speech Anxiety – or Pre-Election-Results Anxiety

If you’re an American – heck, if you’re anywhere on the globe – you would be pardoned for feeling a bit of anxiety today, the end of a long, dispiriting, and even embarrassing Presidential campaign.  The good news is that voting is finally here, and there’s a good chance we’ll have a new President informally […]