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 […]

Do Your Gut Feelings Help You as a Speaker?

The story goes that when George Soros, the hedge fund bazillionaire, was still a fund manager, he would monitor his backaches and use them as a sign that there was something wrong with his portfolio. What are gut feelings? Are they real or imagined? And for public speakers – should gut feelings guide your performance […]

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 […]

How to Create Messages that Are Impossible to Ignore

How to Create Messages that Are Impossible to Ignore

I had the pleasure recently of chatting with Dr. Carmen Simon, a cognitive scientist who works for Rexi Media, a company that uses brain science to transform presentations. She’s also the author of Impossible to Ignore, published this year by McGraw-Hill, a book about crafting memorable messages using insights from brain science to make them […]

Twenty Questions for Public Speakers

Twenty Questions for Public Speakers

One of my favorite blogs is Warren Berger’s A More Beautiful Question. His questions are always illuminating – before even the answers start to flow. And that of course is his point. Recently Berger has identified the changing nature of leadership from authoritarian to more coach-like as part of a cultural move from answers to […]

How Posture Affects Public Speaking Success

How Posture Affects Public Speaking Success

Most of the research on posture and public speaking has focused on two aspects of body language that seem to offer opportunities for improvement with relatively little work. First of all, there’s all the study of what Amy Cuddy calls “power poses.” The idea is to stand up straight, or to take up more space […]

How to deal with the fear of public speaking – some new tips

How to deal with the fear of public speaking – some new tips

I regularly write on the fear of public speaking – what it is, how to deal with it, and why you should perhaps even welcome it – because it’s one of the universal experiences of people when they have to deliver a speech to a large, unfamiliar crowd or even give a presentation to a […]

Ten Life Lessons for Public Speaking Success

Ten Life Lessons for Public Speaking Success

From time to time it’s important to take a step back and put the world of public speaking into perspective. I do take it very seriously, and I am completely passionate about it, but it’s also important to recognize that public speaking is one human activity out of many, we don’t burn people at the […]