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 […]

Why You Need to Pitch Your Voice Lower

Why You Need to Pitch Your Voice Lower

Back in the mid- or early nineties, I was videotaped for the first time, doing some media work for my then-employer, Princeton University.  Aside from the usual reactions – I didn’t like my hair, my clothes, my physique, or what I did with my hands – I was most astonished by the shrill, pipsqueak voice […]

How You Can Profit from the Massachusetts Gubernatorial Race

Here in Massachusetts, we have a gubernatorial race that is an object lesson for students of public speaking everywhere.  The two top candidates (out of 4), Deval Patrick and Charlie Baker, both suffer from a common – but curable – malady of public speakers:  nasal voices.  Research over the years indicates that people dislike nasal […]

Does public speaking terrify you? Here’s what to do about it.

I get asked a great deal about anxiety, fear, nerves, nervousness, butterflies, panic attacks, terror – about public speaking.  A recent article inspired me to talk about the best ways to deal with public speaking fear – and a recent email asked me to blog about the topic, specifically the issue of a shaky voice.  […]