Emotion, Human Connection, and the Virtual World

Emotion, Human Connection, and the Virtual World

Recently I was reviewing some research on popular TED talks that found that the most successful speakers used more hand gestures, tonal variety, and smiling than the less successful ones.  A lot more.  More than twice as much, in fact.  Those speakers were rated as more charismatic than the other speakers, and more popular.  What’s […]

The Speaker Persona You Need to Develop

The Speaker Persona You Need to Develop

I’ve worked for many years with speakers on developing their unique personas.  What’s the exact right mix of charisma, authenticity, perspicacity, authority, expertise, approachability, charm, humor, strength, and credibility that works for each individual?  Of course, a few basic traits keep coming up – expertise and approachability are among the most often repeated desirable characteristics.  […]