I first encountered Alan Alda as the irreverent, anti-war doctor in M*A*S*H* the TV show. It was one of those shows that seemed important at the time because of its anti-war attitude and other acts of rebellion. It gave comfort to those of us for whom the war was a long way off, but the […]
We don’t have a speaker’s bill of rights, or an audience’s for that matter. But one day recently, after witnessing a speech gone wrong, and an audience angered, despite good intentions on both sides, I decided to rectify that lacuna. This week I’m offering the Speaker’s Bill of Rights as a way of addressing both […]
We’re only just beginning to understand how the mind works. As communicators, we still need to leaven our smugness when, say, a speech goes well, or a meeting, or a conversation, with humility. That’s because the huge majority of our communications are unconscious – and most of us are unintentional, unaware, unconscious communicators. I’ve been […]
For my second piece on neuro-myths, I’m tackling head-on the biggest, hottest development in neuroscience, according to some observers, in the last 20 years: mirror neurons. So enthusiastically have scientists embraced them, that they have become a kind of neuro-scientific Rosetta Stone, making all sorts of mental phenomena clear that have hitherto been obscure. They’ve […]
For my final podcast based on Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma, I talk about the 4th step in the communications series I discuss in the book: Listening. Too little listening is going on among us today, and when it does happen, it's often at a superficial level. Here, I discuss how to […]
For my blog today, I'm posting a brief excerpt from a speech I gave last year on communications. The clip explains mirror neurons and why they're important to understand. Enjoy!