Does It Matter What You Wear?

Speakers frequently ask me about what to wear for their big day. My advice is always the same. Now, a study has come along from Abraham Rutchick, a professor of psychology at California State University, that adds a new wrinkle. First, there are the basic ideas I recommend that haven’t changed.

Why Do We Make Audiences Sit in the Dark?

Why turn down the lights? What follows is a rant. If you’re not in the mood, skip this post. You’re standing in the wings. You’re a speaker about to speak to an audience of 1,000 souls at a conference with all the bells and whistles that technology and a good staging company can provide: IMAG […]

Seven Ways to Enchant an Audience

How can you go beyond the usual efforts to create a successful presentation – and enchant the audience?  What are the secrets to creating magic with a speech?  Here are seven ways to take your speech beyond the ordinary.  Some of these will be familiar to you, but I’m guessing that at least one will […]

I Have Seen the Future of Public Speaking and It Is…

…Google Glass. Seriously.  I had the chance recently to try out Google’s new gadget.   The nice folks who were making it available to me had thoughtfully loaded Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address on to it, knowing I was interested in speeches. It was revelatory.  I could give the speech, eyes on the audience, hands-free, while reading the […]

Black Friday Public Speaker’s Shopping Guide for 2013

I first ran this list a few years back.  Here it is again, updated for 2013 and in time for Black Friday:  what to get your favorite public speaking family member or friend for the holidays.  Following (in no particular order and at varying price points) are 10 suggestions for anyone who speaks, presents, or […]