Five Lessons from Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech

Five Lessons from Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech

Once again, I’m blogging about the takeaways from the presidential nominee’s speech to (in this case) her convention on Thursday night. Beyond the world of politics, what can we learn about public speaking from this excellent example of a public speech, one that – just like Mr. Trump’s – was watched by millions of people […]

The 10 Commandments of Presentations, Updated

The 10 Commandments of Presentations, Updated

For my last blog post of 2015, I’m inspired to update a post I did a few years back. I.Thou shall speak authentically, avoiding all marketing BS and self-serving promotion. Thou shall sound as little like an American presidential candidate as possible, not trying to promise all things to all people. II.Thou shall focus on […]

How to Turn Your Speaking Flaws Into Strengths

This is an era of great psychological studies. Psychologists have bravely jumped in to quantify things they previously thought were unquantifiable or simply not researchable in general. A case in point is a recent study, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (http://bit.ly/1vwGVHw).  The study found that if you told yourself that a character […]

Why speakers shouldn’t try to be funny

Anyone who grew up after the 1950s, but especially who came of age in the last couple of decades, has absorbed an astonishing amount of marketing.  Today, everything is branded from your underwear to sports stadia, and you are barraged with 5K to 10K marketing messages per day, depending on who’s counting. It’s natural to […]

Election Sanity Break: Funny TED-Like, Non-TED Talk a Must-See

We succeed because of our weaknesses, not in spite of them.  With that counter-intuitive thought, David Rendall takes his audience on a funny, insightful journey through the mysteries of growing up different, coping with flaws and finding entrepreneurial success.  This video is one of the funniest, TED-like, non-TED talks I’ve seen, and I recommend it […]