What’s the secret to learning?

What’s the secret to effective learning? That’s a question that educators, teachers, professors, researchers, and the Armed Forces have been asking for as long as there have been educators, teachers, professors, researchers and so on. It seems obvious that trying hard would be key to successful learning, doesn’t it? Surely the more effort you put into learning the better the result.

The IT Leadership Interview

Today, I’m posting a link to an interview I did with Tom Catalini, writer, speaker and coach on matters IT, especially where humanity and technology collide.  We talk about how to prepare for a meeting — whether you’re the boss or a participant — how to connect with an audience even if the topic is technical, and IT leadership decoded.  There’s a little background noise from folks in the conference room one… Read More

What’s the difference between watching a TED speech on your computer and attending an event?

We’re watching a great deal of video on our computers these days, and seeing fewer live human speeches.  That’s a perfectly understandable trend, born of time and money issues, but it’s important to understand that something is missing when you don’t attend the live event.  If you have decision-making power over a travel-and-conference budget, you need to know that shutting event-going down altogether will have some ugly unintended consequences. Here’s why. 1. … Read More

Speaking as a Career, the Importance of Rehearsal, and Rodolphe Dutel

Entrepreneur and adventurer (I love that self-description) Rodolphe “Rudy” Dutel got in touch with me to help him kick off his new blog on self-improvement, Karma, and yes, adventures.  I think I checked the self-improvement box, since the discussion was all about storytelling, rehearsal, the career of professional speaking, and other public speaking mysteries.  We conducted the interview as a Google + hangout, a first for me, so perhaps that checks the… Read More

What do Joshua Bell and Aristotle Have in Common?

For my blog post today I’m linking to a video crafted by my good friend and fellow coach and blogger Conor Neill. In it, he tells the story of famous violinist Joshua Bell playing in the subway and being ignored by hundreds of people walking by, despite the fact that he played to a sell-out crowd days earlier in Boston’s Symphony Hall. Conor brilliantly explains the mystery using Aristotle and ideas of… Read More

5 Ways to Avoid Looking Like an Idiot as a Public Speaker

I let the doctor talk me into a flu shot during my annual physical this week, and I’ve had a bit of a reaction to it.  I bled, my arm swelled up, and now I’ve got the mini-flu.  So, needing a laugh, I am thankful to friend and great speaker Micah Solomon, guru of customer service in the digital era, for sending me a link to the Onion TED-talk spoof.  It’s fun,… Read More

Using Gestures to Connect With Your Audience

From a keynote speech given by Nick Morgan to the ICCFA “Open vs Closed Gestures” – Dr Nick Morgan explains why a simple gesture can ensure that you communicate effectively with an audience – or prevent any communication from taking place.

The Three Postures and Authenticity

Public Words Speaker Forum, June 2010, Harvard University. Nick Morgan talks about how audiences unconsciously evaluate the intent of speakers by how the speakers simply stand and walk on the stage. The result is that you can convey a message you don’t mean to, and give an audience the wrong impression about you. Nick shows how to create the right impression — and give your audience the chance to receive the authentic… Read More

Why Most of What You Know About Communication Is Wrong

Here's the beginning of a speech I gave last year on the new brain research.  The opening story will be familiar to regular readers of this blog, but the talk on insights into communication should be worthwhile.  Enjoy!  The excerpt lasts about 10 minutes.     

How to create an effective presentation, Harvard Business Review

Do you have an important presentation to give and not much time to prepare it? Here’s Nick Morgan’s quick 5-step process to creating a great presentation. Nick talks you through a series of simple steps that will get you from blank screen to polished presentation in no time.