Eye Contact: the Myths, the Truth, the Latest for 2016

Eye Contact: the Myths, the Truth, the Latest for 2016

The clichéd advice about public speaking that everyone knows is “make eye contact.” But that’s usually where the knowledge ends and the real questions start. How long should you look at your audience? How much is too much eye contact? Who should you look at? What if you can’t see anyone – what should you […]

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 […]

The Republican Presidential Body Language Sweepstakes So Far

The Republican Presidential Body Language Sweepstakes So Far

What’s the body language score from the debate last night – the last Republican debate in 2015? It was the last chance for the candidates to impress themselves upon the voters before the holidays. The real voting is fast approaching, and the candidates must be feeling a little desperate. How to stand out in such […]

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. […]

The Body Language Mysteries of the Presidential Campaign So Far

The American presidential campaign has already produced a number of mysteries that historians will no doubt puzzle over for many years to come. In particular, analyzing the body language of the candidates – especially on the Republican side, because that’s more interesting – yields some real body blows to the received wisdom. The mysteries are […]

What have we learned so far from the debates?

The Republicans have had four official debates to date, and the Democrats two. What have we learned, in terms of body language and communications dos and don’ts, from all this adrenalized effort? What works and what doesn’t? Perhaps the most consistently surprising debater is Mr. Trump. He began by completely dominating the first debate, taking […]

The Five Building Blocks of A Successful Speaking Career

This post is the second in an occasional series about professional speaking careers. I often get asked about how to become a successful (i.e. sustained) professional (i.e., paid) speaker. My response, from many years of working with people to establish, to ramp up, and to sustain professional speaking careers, is that there are five essential […]

The 5 Biggest Body Language Surprises of the CNBC Republican Debate

We’ve come to expect surprising things from the Republican debates in terms of body language, from Donald Trump’s dominance of the first one, way back in August, to Governor Kasich’s nervousness to Ben Carson’s quiet sarcasm about not getting many questions. Each of those lessons got turned on its head in the latest CNBC debate […]