Three quick tips for improving your connection with your audience

Three quick tips for improving your connection with your audience

I posted the last time on the importance of the voice for an empathetic connection with your audience.  Of course, speakers who want to up their game will work on all possible ways of improving that connection; connecting with an audience is a goal all speakers want to achieve. And it can be tricky.  Becoming […]

Principles of Public Speaking – X

Principles of Public Speaking – X

I’m continuing 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 penultimate seven, concerning conditions around speaking and speeches. 64.The most […]

Principles of Public Speaking – IX

Principles of Public Speaking – IX

I’m continuing 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 next seven, about the conditions of speaking. 57.Props enhance a speech […]

President Obama’s Final Address – What Did He Say and How Did He Say It?

President Obama’s Final Address – What Did He Say and How Did He Say It?

My blog posts this week are all about presidential oratory.  First, in this episode, I’ll be analyzing President Obama’s farewell address.  In the next one, I’ll analyze the new President’s inaugural address.  Please note that one will go out Friday afternoon, since it seems best only to write about the address after I’ve actually heard […]

How To Develop Great Thought Leadership Ideas

How To Develop Great Thought Leadership Ideas

Over two decades of working with clients to develop thought leadership, speeches, books, brands, and thriving online communities, we’ve come up with a lot of ideas. And I’m often asked how we do it. My response is always, “We ask more questions in a day than your significant other will in a lifetime.” That’s an […]

The 10 Commandments of Presentations, Updated

The 10 Commandments of Presentations, Updated

For my last blog post of 2015, I’m inspired to update a post I did a few years back. I.Thou shall speak authentically, avoiding all marketing BS and self-serving promotion. Thou shall sound as little like an American presidential candidate as possible, not trying to promise all things to all people. II.Thou shall focus on […]

What Happens When Speeches Go Wrong?

When speeches go wrong, most often it’s the speaker who gets the blame. But a better way of thinking about the problem spreads the blame evenly around between the organizers, the speaker, and (yes) the audience. Most often, a speech goes wrong because there’s a serious mis-match between the speaker’s expertise and the audience’s expectations. […]