Back in the mid- or early nineties, I was videotaped for the first time, doing some media work for my then-employer, Princeton University. Aside from the usual reactions – I didn’t like my hair, my clothes, my physique, or what I did with my hands – I was most astonished by the shrill, pipsqueak voice […]
The second of two articles about the adrenaline response. We suspected it. The research and speculation about mirror neurons predicted it. Now a recent study shows it: stress – and the emotions of frustration, anxiety and fear that go with it – are contagious. Strangers leak their stress to you. Watching TV – with its […]
Public speaking means – for most people – stress and a sudden flurry of decision-making under stress. The conference organizer tells you the audience is larger – or smaller – than expected. How should you adjust? The MC suddenly informs you that they’re running late, and it would be great if you could get your […]
How do you prepare for an upcoming presentation? Let’s say it’s an important one, so you’re not going to wing it, just showing up in the moment and saying whatever comes into your mind. Not a good idea, really, even for a minor presentation, so good for you for prepping – this time.
Recently I was busy in an airplane-hangar-sized room helping a couple of speakers get ready to speak to an audience of 10,000 people. That’s a daunting challenge for anyone, but the difference between the two people made for a quite different experience running up to the event. One was extroverted and the other introverted. As I […]
In a blog post last week, I discussed a recent study that showed that we leak our stress levels to other people. As I pointed out, if stress is contagious and we leak our emotions, then speakers need to concern themselves with their emotional states before and during their speeches. A stressed-out speaker will induce […]