The Mysteries of Eye Contact Explained

The Mysteries of Eye Contact Explained

I like to start each new year with some posts on the basic rules of the road for public speaking.  It’s a good chance to update what we know with the latest neuroscience and to review the current state of the art.  Let’s begin with eye contact, because it’s the first rule that every speaker […]

The Insider’s Guide to Successful Professional Speaking in 2017

The Insider’s Guide to Successful Professional Speaking in 2017

Happy New Year to all, and here’s to a successful, passionate, clarity-filled year for all of us as public speakers in 2017.  As I noted before the break, we are working in turbulent times – at least we truly believe that to be the case, which is what matters for our stress levels – and […]

How to be a Successful Speaker in Turbulent Times

How to be a Successful Speaker in Turbulent Times

(The second of two articles about preparing for 2017.) It’s official: we are living in turbulent times.  I’ve never seen such a high level of anxiety among fellow speakers, in the audiences speakers address, and in the industry itself – among the meeting planners, conference organizers, and speaker bureau reps. It’s not entirely clear why […]

Speakers’ Prep List for a Great 2017

Speakers’ Prep List for a Great 2017

Speakers, what are your plans for 2017?  How are you going to prepare yourself to develop your best voice, presence, and message this coming year?  The good news is that it’s a great time to be a speaker; the conference marketplace has bounced back from its 2009 lows to record opportunities.  The bad news is that […]

How to Use Your Gut in Public Speaking

How to Use Your Gut in Public Speaking

Your body language at any given moment is a fascinating and formidable mix of history and how you’re feeling right then – the habit and the moment.  Your habits have developed over time and represent characteristic ways you respond to the world – how you think and feel about both good and bad events, stress […]

Five Difficult Truths Speakers Must Learn

Five Difficult Truths Speakers Must Learn

Professional speakers, like most people, want a lot of things.  Good work opportunities, true love, and parking spaces whenever they’re needed come to mind, and that’s just for starters.  Then there are some things speakers want that most people would find quixotic, to say the least.  Speakers want an endless supply of gigs; most people […]

In Defense of Audience Interaction

In Defense of Audience Interaction

One of the unintentional by-products of TED is that speakers, in an effort to mimic TED’s success, have been making speeches shorter and more entertaining.  That’s alarming. Wait a minute, you say.  Alarming?  How so?  How could that possibly be other than a good thing:  shorter and more entertaining speeches?  Isn’t the alternative – what […]

Your Questions and Answers About Public Speaking

Your Questions and Answers About Public Speaking

I’m a little slow to the party, I know, but I did my first Facebook Live chat last week for Harvard and had a fun time taking as many questions as I could.  If you missed it, it’s available here and here. I thought it was a great opportunity to see what’s on the mind […]

How to Renew Yourself as a Public Speaker

How to Renew Yourself as a Public Speaker

We’re finally in the last week of the US presidential election, and for most of us it will be a relief to stop hearing about deplorables, groping, and that ridiculous institution the Electoral College.  It’s not too early to think about refocusing our hearts and minds on important stuff like your public speaking career and […]