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 […]

How to Give a Memorable Presentation

Neuroscience is finally starting to crack the twin processes of remembering and forgetting – with important implications for public speakers. Important because, as I’ve talked about before, audiences forget more than they remember – a whole lot more – and the process of public speaking is a poor way to present information. At least, information […]

An Update On AutismSees One Year Later

Just over a year ago, I wrote about Danielle Feerst and AustismSees, a startup dedicated to creating technology – apps – to help people with autism make successful public presentations. A year later, and Danielle is now a rising senior at Tufts University. She hasn’t been idle. The company received support from MassChallenge, a startup accelerator, […]