Can Political Beliefs Be Changed, or the Cultural Divide Repaired?

Can Political Beliefs Be Changed, or the Cultural Divide Repaired?

The proverbial visitor from Mars – especially one who was here for a return visit — might be pardoned for wondering how societies across the globe have become so polarized in their beliefs.  Whether it’s the Trump crowd, or its opposite, or the Brexit fans or the Remain folks, or the Marine le Pen people […]

Who Won the Body Language Debate Last Night?

Who Won the Body Language Debate Last Night?

Donald Trump exploded on the debate scene in the Republican primaries and his opponents were at first completely flummoxed. He dominated them effortlessly and endlessly. His sheer size, his focused anger, his ability to steal the camera away from everyone else even when he wasn’t speaking thanks to his facial reactions, and his big open […]

Where Are All the Storytellers?

Where Are All the Storytellers?

In the early days of my blog, back in 2008 (almost a decade ago!) when I argued for more storytelling in public speaking, the idea was radical. Now, it has gone mainstream, nearly. Almost everyone pays at least lip service to the importance of storytelling in public speaking, and some people are even actually doing […]

Five Lessons from Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech

Five Lessons from Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech

Once again, I’m blogging about the takeaways from the presidential nominee’s speech to (in this case) her convention on Thursday night. Beyond the world of politics, what can we learn about public speaking from this excellent example of a public speech, one that – just like Mr. Trump’s – was watched by millions of people […]

Five Public Speaking Lessons from Donald Trump’s Thursday Night Acceptance Speech

Five Public Speaking Lessons from Donald Trump’s Thursday Night Acceptance Speech

Donald Trump is one of those figures that politics churns up from time to time about whom few are half-hearted – he’s both strongly approved of and strongly disliked. His speech to the Republican faithful on Thursday night, accepting the nomination as their candidate for U.S. President, was vintage Trump, and provoked equally strong reactions […]

The Republican Presidential Body Language Sweepstakes So Far

The Republican Presidential Body Language Sweepstakes So Far

What’s the body language score from the debate last night – the last Republican debate in 2015? It was the last chance for the candidates to impress themselves upon the voters before the holidays. The real voting is fast approaching, and the candidates must be feeling a little desperate. How to stand out in such […]