Should You Interact with Your Audience or Just Hold Forth?

Should You Interact with Your Audience or Just Hold Forth?

What does a speaker owe her audience? And what does an audience owe its speaker? There’s a clear trend at conferences and events at the keynote level for more entertainment and less substance, for shorter presentations (a baleful effect of TED), and for less audience interaction. That’s not a good idea – less audience interaction. […]

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 […]

What’s in it for me?

What’s in it for me?

I work with a wide variety of speakers, from professionals who want to polish their approach to make it as top-notch as possible, to executives who are hoping to add a little charisma to their personas, to students just beginning their journey of self-expression along the public speaking dimension. Some of those speakers start becoming […]

The 10 Commandments of Presentations, Updated

The 10 Commandments of Presentations, Updated

For my last blog post of 2015, I’m inspired to update a post I did a few years back. I.Thou shall speak authentically, avoiding all marketing BS and self-serving promotion. Thou shall sound as little like an American presidential candidate as possible, not trying to promise all things to all people. II.Thou shall focus on […]

How to Give an Authentic Presentation

How to Give an Authentic Presentation

The nonverbal conversation – your body language dialogue with the audience – will make or break you as a speaker. It’s where authenticity is created or destroyed. And you can’t just wing it. The irony is that winging it looks fake – because a certain amount of fumbling around is involved and that looks fake. […]