The Neuroscience of a First Impression

The Neuroscience of a First Impression

You’ve heard the old saying that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so you know first impressions are important, and durable.  You may have heard that people make up their minds about each other within thirty seconds of meeting, or on some other equally flimsy basis.  So you know that […]

Principles of Public Speaking – the Final Seven

Principles of Public Speaking – the Final Seven

With this blog post, I’m concluding a series of public speaking principles 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.  The final seven concern general issues of delivery and the speaker. 71.Find ways to protect […]

Principles of Public Speaking – I

Principles of Public Speaking – I

I’m going to develop 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 first seven. 1.A speech should be about one […]

How to create an unforgettable speech

How to create an unforgettable speech

The secret wish of every speaker, once they’ve gotten past the goal of simply surviving the experience, is to have the audience leap to their feet as one at the end of the speech and deliver a heartfelt, rousing, long, noisy standing ovation. Admit it:  you want to deliver something extraordinary, something unforgettable – something […]

The Mysteries of Eye Contact Explained

The Mysteries of Eye Contact Explained

I like to start each new year with some posts on the basic rules of the road for public speaking.  It’s a good chance to update what we know with the latest neuroscience and to review the current state of the art.  Let’s begin with eye contact, because it’s the first rule that every speaker […]

Who Won The Third (and Angriest) Presidential Debate?

Who Won The Third (and Angriest) Presidential Debate?

The third and final presidential debate was the angriest, beginning with the opening, as the two candidates walked on. The walk on  Secretary Clinton walked on to the debate stage for her final debate with Mr. Trump with her usual confidence. Mr. Trump also took the stage with greater confidence than in his previous two […]

What Adele Has to Teach Public Speakers Everywhere

What Adele Has to Teach Public Speakers Everywhere

Unless you’ve been living under a musical rock for the last eight years, you know that Adele possesses one of the most remarkable pop singing voices that has ever set teenage hearts a-quiver, belting hit after soulful hit about loss and break-ups and loneliness. So when I had the chance to hear her live the […]

The Seven Keys to Successful Public Speaking, 2016

The Seven Keys to Successful Public Speaking, 2016

What does it take to create a successful speech – and a successful speaking career — in 2016? The rules have changed, and it’s useful to consider the following seven keys to successful speaking in order to ensure that every time you step onto the stage you’re sure-footed and don’t make a wrong move. 1.Authenticity […]

The Three Mega-Trends Affecting Public Speakers Today

The Three Mega-Trends Affecting Public Speakers Today

I blog all the time about the latest neuroscience as it affects communications and public speaking. It’s also important not to neglect the bigger trends, so in this post I’m stepping back from the fray to identify the three mega-trends that I see affecting professional public speaking today. If you’re a keynote speaker, then you […]

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 […]