High Voice? Low Voice? What Works in Front of an Audience?

I’ve been posting a good deal recently on research having to do with the voice. And a number of readers have asked me about one voice study that seemed to contradict most of the others, finding that a higher, more strident voice came across as higher status than a lower one. Well, rest easy. We […]

How to Turn Your Speaking Flaws Into Strengths

This is an era of great psychological studies. Psychologists have bravely jumped in to quantify things they previously thought were unquantifiable or simply not researchable in general. A case in point is a recent study, published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology (http://bit.ly/1vwGVHw).  The study found that if you told yourself that a character […]

Which is better — a healthy or an intelligent speaker?

The Dutch undertake the best research. I’m always on the lookout for studies about improving leadership – since I coach leaders on how to do their jobs better – and by extension that important form of leadership known as public speaking. So naturally I was fascinated when I saw a study from that wonderful country […]

Are Mirror Neurons a Myth?

For my second piece on neuro-myths, I’m tackling head-on the biggest, hottest development in neuroscience, according to some observers, in the last 20 years: mirror neurons. So enthusiastically have scientists embraced them, that they have become a kind of neuro-scientific Rosetta Stone, making all sorts of mental phenomena clear that have hitherto been obscure. They’ve […]

Some Myths of Neuroscience and Public Speaking

This week I’m addressing some of the myths of communications that get in the way of great public speaking. Today, I’ll take on the right-brain, left-brain idea, the you-only-use-10-percent-of-your-brain idea, and the learning styles idea. Next time, I’ll address mirror neurons. But first, congratulations to Dale Penn, who wins the scariest-moment-ever speaking prize. Dale, send […]