How To Boost Your Memory – And Your Audience’s

First the bad news. Yoga does not significantly boost your memory. Very good for you in many ways – I practice it (a little, not enough) and recommend it to all and sundry – but not a memory booster. You’re waiting for some good news. It is this: you can boost memory significantly by engaging […]

How to Increase the Persuasiveness of Your Speaking

I was struck recently by a set of research studies that reinforced the importance of touch in persuasion. Touching people (in a safe place such as the upper arm) causes them to leave bigger tips, return lost money, provide help to strangers, sign petitions, and assign higher status to the person doing the touching. Touching […]

The Three Most Important Times to Pause in a Presentation

We were having dinner with friends recently, and one of them took the opportunity to get a little free advice. She had a speech coming up, and she said, “I remember something about pausing being important. I can’t remember the details, so what are three most important ways to think about using pauses?” You can’t […]

Perfectionism and Public Speaking

Is it good to be a perfectionist? Perfectionists would say yes, of course; it leads to better results in work and life. The psychologists say it leads to misery, and a higher risk of suicide. A specialist in the field, Professor Gordon Flett of York University, has written a book on the subject, and a […]

Should You Approach Your Audience When Giving a Talk – Or Walk Away?

A recent research result was reported in the media as indicating that there may be something called “approach aversion” that people instinctively have toward people and objects coming toward them.  My first reaction, when I read this, was really?  Cake?  Ice Cream?  If only I had approach aversion to those delicious items my dietary problems […]