Why Your Voice Is Important

Why Your Voice Is Important

I’ve often posted on the importance of the voice to public speaking (here, here, and here, among many), and to leadership and authority in general.  Remarkable research in the last decade (that I talked about in Power Cues, Chapter Four) reveals that the undertones of the voice are essential to the endorsement of a leader […]

What About Second Impressions?

What About Second Impressions?

I posted last time about first impressions and the unconscious biases we all have.  And how it’s therefore important to become an intentional speaker – by which I mean a speaker who takes charge of not only the content of her speech, but also the unconscious dialogue with the audience. The idea is not to […]

Neuroscience Sees Red – Insights for Public Speakers

Neuroscience Sees Red – Insights for Public Speakers

A pair of studies I caught up with recently (here and here) explored the very human reactions of men and women to the color red – as worn by the opposite sex.  It turns out that red clothing increases the desirability of the other gender.  Specifically, women find men wearing red to be “higher in […]

The Problem with Email

The Problem with Email

When email first worked its way into most workplaces, it was part of a dedicated system, a set of interconnected computers limited to little more than email itself, with batch runs of data at night and that sprocket paper to print out on – like a slightly more flexible telex machine.  Then desktop computers became […]

How Long Is That Pesky Attention Span Thing?

How Long Is That Pesky Attention Span Thing?

There’s an urban myth doing the rounds that goes something like this:  recent studies suggest that our attention spans have shrunk to less than eight seconds.  Why is that number significant?  Because it’s the attention span of a goldfish!  Yes, ladies and gentlemen, our attention spans are less than that of the dumbest fish in […]

Alan Alda on Improv, Empathy, and his New Book

Alan Alda on Improv, Empathy, and his New Book

I first encountered Alan Alda as the irreverent, anti-war doctor in M*A*S*H* the TV show.  It was one of those shows that seemed important at the time because of its anti-war attitude and other acts of rebellion.  It gave comfort to those of us for whom the war was a long way off, but the […]

The Neuroscience of a First Impression

The Neuroscience of a First Impression

You’ve heard the old saying that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so you know first impressions are important, and durable.  You may have heard that people make up their minds about each other within thirty seconds of meeting, or on some other equally flimsy basis.  So you know that […]