My New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

My New Year’s Resolutions for 2019

Happy New Year 2019!  If you thought last year was wild, weird and, well, pretty awful, then obviously you were as fixated on the American political scene as I was.  And don’t get me started on Brexit!  Here’s the thing:  2019 will see the culmination of crazy trends in both realms.  If there’s anything we […]

How The Communication Rules Have Changed

How The Communication Rules Have Changed

Communicating effectively is essential table-stakes for success in the business world today, as well as of course the public speaking world.  We begin work on a speech or planning a meeting with good intentions and a grab-bag of rules floating around in our heads.  But often those rules have been derived from pre-virtual days; the […]

The Case for Toastmasters

The Case for Toastmasters

I regularly recommend Toastmasters to my clients who want a chance to get public speaking experience in a relaxed, supportive environment. As a long-time fan, I was pleased recently to have the chance to ask a few questions of Toastmasters’ CEO, Daniel Rex. So here are the basics you need to know about Toastmasters – […]

How to Become a Happy Speaker in Seven Steps

How to Become a Happy Speaker in Seven Steps

As I wind down the year, and I talk to client, friends, and fellow travelers in the speaking business, I hear common complaints about what makes their lives miserable as speakers. None of these are particularly unique to 2015 – the miseries of the speaking business are the same year in and year out. Sure, […]

How Many Questions Should You Ask an Audience?

How Many Questions Should You Ask an Audience?

A recent question from reader and creator of the great blog and book about inquiry, A More Beautiful Question, Warren Berger, had to do with involving the audience. What is the right time, and what are the right ways, to involve audiences? Warren had heard a keynoter ask lots of questions of the audience, rhetorical and otherwise, and […]