Alan Alda on Improv, Empathy, and his New Book

Alan Alda on Improv, Empathy, and his New Book

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 […]

A Speaker’s — and Audience’s — Bill of Rights

A Speaker’s — and Audience’s — Bill of Rights

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 […]

The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

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 […]

The Seven Keys to Successful Public Speaking, 2016

The Seven Keys to Successful Public Speaking, 2016

What does it take to create a successful speech – and a successful speaking career — in 2016? The rules have changed, and it’s useful to consider the following seven keys to successful speaking in order to ensure that every time you step onto the stage you’re sure-footed and don’t make a wrong move. 1.Authenticity […]

Are Mirror Neurons a Myth?

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 […]

In Praise of Listening

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 […]