What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

A recent study rated people’s attractiveness after they demonstrated an emotion. It turns out that I will find you attractive if your emotions are easy to read. If they’re hard to read, on the other hand, I’m not going to be so ready to like you. The finding has interesting implications for public speakers and […]

A Speaker’s — and Audience’s — Bill of Rights

A Speaker’s — and Audience’s — Bill of Rights

We don’t have a speaker’s bill of rights, or an audience’s for that matter. But one day recently, after witnessing a speech gone wrong, and an audience angered, despite good intentions on both sides, I decided to rectify that lacuna. This week I’m offering the Speaker’s Bill of Rights as a way of addressing both […]

Ten Rules for Upping Your Public Speaking Game

Ten Rules for Upping Your Public Speaking Game

Last time I posted on my peeves, so this time I’m giving away some hints on how to improve your game – with a positive focus. Enjoy! 1.No one wants her time wasted. Start crisply, use the time allotted well, and end just a bit early. Good time management is an essential skill of the […]

Eye Contact: the Myths, the Truth, the Latest for 2016

Eye Contact: the Myths, the Truth, the Latest for 2016

The clichéd advice about public speaking that everyone knows is “make eye contact.” But that’s usually where the knowledge ends and the real questions start. How long should you look at your audience? How much is too much eye contact? Who should you look at? What if you can’t see anyone – what should you […]

Are You Serious About Public Speaking? Here’s a Mistake You Have to Stop Making

Anyone who is serious about his or her public speaking needs to watch – who knew? – the Kanye West MTV acceptance speech from a week ago. (Tip of the hat to Tim Sanders for goading me into watching all thirteen minutes.) I don’t know if Kanye’s farrago is the longest acceptance speech ever, but […]

Beware Perfectionism in Public Speaking

I saw a study recently in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Review (I read these things so you don’t have to) that caught my eye because it addressed indirectly a problem known to public speakers everywhere: perfectionism. The study is what as known as a meta-analysis, meaning that it’s a statistical analysis of many […]