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 […]

Counter-intuitive speaking lessons from the road

Counter-intuitive speaking lessons from the road

I was inspired by some recent client stories of successes and failures to create a short list of counter-intuitive speaking lessons that most people learn the hard way.  Here you go: I hope this list saves you some pain down the road. First, a couple of thoughts about the business of speaking, then three about […]

The Seven Worst Things That Speakers Do to Sabotage Themselves and Their Careers

The Seven Worst Things That Speakers Do to Sabotage Themselves and Their Careers

There’s something about the approach of fall that always makes me think about renewal.  Maybe it’s because I was tied to an academic calendar for a good deal of my work life.  The fall, then, is time for going back to school and learning something new to improve yourself, and your career, just as much […]

Tough career love for speakers

Tough career love for speakers

I often get asked by already-pro speakers, and near-pro speakers, how to take their speaking game higher.  They ask me questions like: How do I kick-start my career?  What will be that easy path to success?  What are the secrets to cracking the nut of getting all the highly-paid speeches you can handle?  Ah, if […]

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 […]

What Health Care Executives Fear

I had the pleasure recently of working with a small number of health care executives on their public personas and speaking. Now, I have tremendous admiration for the vast majority of health care people because they’re in the business of saving lives, and that’s hugely important work. And it hits close to home for me. […]

The Public Speaking Secrets of Comedians

I ran across David Nihill the other day when he sent me his book and begged me with tears in his virtual eyes to say something nice about it. Actually, that’s what everyone else does. David just sent me the book and didn’t ask for anything, which was so charming that I immediately sat down […]

How to Prepare a Presentation

How do you prepare for an upcoming presentation? Let’s say it’s an important one, so you’re not going to wing it, just showing up in the moment and saying whatever comes into your mind. Not a good idea, really, even for a minor presentation, so good for you for prepping – this time.