Seven Good Ways to Think About Your Audience

Seven Good Ways to Think About Your Audience

I was coaching a client recently and realized that this able speaker had some serious misconceptions about how to relate to the people sitting in the chairs in front of him.  It’s essential to keep the right attitude toward your audiences despite the stresses of travel, performance, and occasionally unpredictable audience responses.  A speaker can […]

Principles of Public Speaking – I

Principles of Public Speaking – I

I’m going to develop a series of public speaking principles in the next few blog posts that are a summation of what I’ve learned about this fiendishly difficult art and science over three decades of practice, coaching, learning from others, and research, especially neuroscience.  Here are the first seven. 1.A speech should be about one […]

The Speakers’ Code – Ten Tenets of Public Speaking

The Speakers’ Code – Ten Tenets of Public Speaking

Speakers don’t have a union, and we’re a motley collection of thought leaders, experts, teachers, crusaders (in the non-twelfth-century, deracinated version of the term), and misfits.  We’re on our own a good deal of the time on the road, on the stage, and on the search for new ideas. So we need a code. Here’s […]

Have You Joined the Presentation Guild Yet?

Have You Joined the Presentation Guild Yet?

If you’re in the business of creating slides – and who isn’t, in the business world? the education world? Government? – then you might want to consider joining a newly formed organization, the Presentation Guild. Its purpose is to provide a forum for professional slide creators in the public speaking world, to raise the standards […]

Twenty Questions for Public Speakers

Twenty Questions for Public Speakers

One of my favorite blogs is Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question. His questions are always illuminating – before even the answers start to flow. And that of course is his point. Recently Berger has identified the changing nature of leadership from authoritarian to more coach-like as part of a cultural move from answers to […]

Video Conferencing Dos and Don’ts

Video Conferencing Dos and Don’ts

Recently, I had the chance to chat with Michael Frendo, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Engineering for Polycom, about a subject important to both of us: the future of communications in a virtual world. Polycom makes the phones that inhabit conference rooms around the world, as well as video and other “voice and content solutions,” for […]