A Simple Way to Make Conferences Better

A weary traveler, down on his luck, comes to an inn.  He’s cold and hungry, so he goes into the common room.  There he sees a table spread with all sorts of delicacies and delicious-smelling food. And yet, he notices right away that the people sitting around the table look hungry, sad, and frustrated.  Soon […]

The Speakers’ Code – Ten Tenets of Public Speaking

The Speakers’ Code – Ten Tenets of Public Speaking

Speakers don’t have a union, and we’re a motley collection of thought leaders, experts, teachers, crusaders (in the non-twelfth-century, deracinated version of the term), and misfits.  We’re on our own a good deal of the time on the road, on the stage, and on the search for new ideas. So we need a code. Here’s […]

What if Donald Trump Were a Woman?

What if Donald Trump Were a Woman?

What is the role of gender in public speaking?  It’s an incredibly complex question, and one about which I’ve posted before. Recently, a couple of INSEAD and NYU professors teamed up to illustrate a particularly vexed version of this question: the role of gender in the recent debates and election for the American president. They […]

Max Martin, Number One Song Hits, and Public Speaking

Max Martin, Number One Song Hits, and Public Speaking

There’s only one songwriting team who has written more Number One Billboard hits over more years than Max Martin:  John Lennon and Paul McCartney.  And yet few people outside of the music biz have even heard of Max Martin, a media-shy Swede who divides his time between Stockholm and Los Angeles. Martin has written and […]

What We Think We Know About Lying Is Wrong

What We Think We Know About Lying Is Wrong

A recent study has overturned what we think we know about lying.  Most of us have a pet theory about how to tell if someone is dissembling to us.  We may develop that theory from observations of those people we know well and see regularly, but we tend to generalize from those ‘tells’ we’ve uncovered […]

Five Body Language Takeaways from President Trump’s Address to Congress

Five Body Language Takeaways from President Trump’s Address to Congress

President Kennedy began his famous inaugural address with a line about a torch: Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans. . . . And he closed it with another image about lighting up the world: […]

Five Ways to Ensure Presentation Success

Five Ways to Ensure Presentation Success

Clients often ask me, “How can I raise my game?” or “How can I take my speaking to the next level?” or “How can I deliver a kick-ass keynote?”  It usually turns out that they’re thinking about delivery.  They’re looking for some secret voodoo hand gesture that will turn them into charismatic combinations of Mick […]