How do you tell – in body language terms – when you’re connected with someone? A conversation between two connected people – lovers, friends, colleagues – who are in sync is a beautiful thing to behold. If you’re one of the parties involved, it may spoil the connection to take time out to notice it, […]
Here's a brief video excerpt from a speech I gave last year about how to connect with an audience by using the physical space between speaker and audience. Enjoy!
Does the size of an audience matter to you, the speaker? Should you do something different if your audience is large or small? What about if you’re prepped for a big turnout and you only get six people? Or you’re prepared for 100 and 250 people show up for an SRO event? What then? OK, […]
A good speech takes its audience on a journey from passive to active, as I relate in this story about a professional speaker giving a speech for the first time. Enjoy!
(This blog is based on the talk I gave at the opening of the Public Words Speaker Forum, June 11-12, 2010.) Why is most public speaking – especially in the business world – so awful? And how can we raise the bar, which is set distressingly low. I think there are three principal reasons. First, […]
You’ve created both push and pull demand – you’ve wooed the bureaus and meeting planners and you’ve created a strong platform – and you’re getting inquiries. What do you need to do to create a thriving, sustainable business? Following are the three essentials for long-term success in the very tough business of (paid) public speaking. […]
Persuasive rhetoric is about phrasing your arguments so that your listeners can hear them. I’m going to do a series of blogs on persuasive content – aka rhetoric – to match the series I just finished on nonverbal communication. I have seen good speakers – and speeches – go bad time and time again because […]
A speaker asks a lot of an audience. Understanding, enthusiasm, support — and inactivity. Audiences are expected to be passive by most speakers most of the time. That's after all what speakers are paid for — to inform and entertain the audience, right? Not the other way around. And the higher the price, the more […]