Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

I am hypothyroid. It’s a curious disease that means my thyroid doesn’t make enough of the hormones that the thyroid normally makes and sends to every cell in your body. Symptoms can show up in a myriad of obscure ways, but the most common are slow metabolism and poor circulation, so you feel cold a […]

How Humans Mirror Each Other

How Humans Mirror Each Other

The human brain is a wonderful mirror to other humans. We have mirror neurons in our heads that help us share emotions with others, sending back their fear or anger or joy or love. That’s a very good thing, because it means empathy is real, sharing is profound, and we are not alone. In particular, […]

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

A recent study rated people’s attractiveness after they demonstrated an emotion. It turns out that I will find you attractive if your emotions are easy to read. If they’re hard to read, on the other hand, I’m not going to be so ready to like you. The finding has interesting implications for public speakers and […]

My Top 10 Public Speaking Peeves

My Top 10 Public Speaking Peeves

I often post blogs on how to create and give great presentations. Occasionally, I talk about what not to do. Usually, in those cases, I focus on the big, fatal issues that kill great public speaking. Today, I’m looking at some pet peeves of mine. None of these are career-threatening; they’re just infelicities, minor annoyances […]

The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

We’re only just beginning to understand how the mind works. As communicators, we still need to leaven our smugness when, say, a speech goes well, or a meeting, or a conversation, with humility. That’s because the huge majority of our communications are unconscious – and most of us are unintentional, unaware, unconscious communicators. I’ve been […]

Public Speaking Professionalism, Performance, and the Beatles

Public Speaking Professionalism, Performance, and the Beatles

How much should you rehearse your speech? What does it mean to be a professional speaker? I often hear from semi-pro speakers and wannabe speakers that you shouldn’t rehearse too much lest you grow stale. To my way of thinking, that represents the wrong way to think about rehearsal – and professionalism. I’ll explain my […]

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. […]