How To Review Your Own Videos

One of the wonders of the digital age is that video for speakers is now relatively cheap, easy, and of high quality. To be sure, there is still enormous art involved in getting good video for that speakers’ sizzle reel or for your website. But to get video for the purposes of review is no longer a high-cost item. Bad news for videographers; good news for speakers. This easy availability does remove… Read More

The Happy Speaker

The professional speaking life takes a tough constitution. First of all, of course, it means travel, on today’s terms – which are not pleasant. Unless you’re going first class all the way, and even then, travel is stressful. You have to manage your health, and your time away from home, and your diet, and your exercise, and, well, everything else. It’s all tougher out of a suitcase. Then, there’s the adrenaline cycle…. Read More

What Just About Every Speaker Does Wrong

People don’t like to change their minds.  They hang on to the status quo like passengers on the Titanic hung on to the few life preservers available. That presents speakers who are in the world- and mind-changing business with a challenge.  How do you get those audience members to let go of their life preservers and swim with you into the unknown waters of an ocean of new ideas? Most speakers believe… Read More

The single biggest mistake most public speakers make most often

Let’s imagine for a moment that you’re ill and you go to the doctor.  You get into the examination room, and the doctor arrives, and before you’ve even opened your mouth, she prescribes a pill for you.  What would you think? Of course, you’d think the doctor didn’t know what she was talking about.  You'd think to yourself, what a terrible doctor!  We all want our doctors to listen first, talk about… Read More

Why – and How – Your Audience Matters. #4 of 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 5 Days.

The first question you should ask when preparing a presentation is, who’s my audience?  But that question requires more than a one-word answer.  It’s the beginning of an exploration of the exact circumstances of your audience – who, what, when, where, and why – everything about them you can determine.  Why should you care?  After all, isn’t it a matter of integrity to say the same thing to everybody?  Yes and no. … Read More

Why – and How – Your Audience Matters. 5 Blogs. 5 Ideas. 5 Days.

The first question you should ask when preparing a presentation is, who’s my audience?  But that question requires more than a one-word answer.  It’s the beginning of an exploration of the exact circumstances of your audience – who, what, when, where, and why – everything about them you can determine.  Why should you care?  After all, isn’t it a matter of integrity to say the same thing to everybody?  Yes and no. … Read More

What Do Audiences Owe Presenters?

We expect a lot of speakers and presenters.  We want them to be witty, wise, and gnomic.  We want them to give us insights we’ve never had before.  We want them to change the world.  We expect a lot.  But what about the audiences these speakers work so hard to please? Do we have the right to expect anything of them? I think the answer is yes, and I think there are… Read More

Body Language Quick Takes 3 – Are You Connected?

How do you tell – in body language terms – when you’re connected with someone?  A conversation between two connected people – lovers, friends, colleagues – who are in sync is a beautiful thing to behold.  If you’re one of the parties involved, it may spoil the connection to take time out to notice it, so be careful.  But the basic body language of connection is mirroring, anticipation and handoffs.  People who… Read More

How to Connect with an Audience

Here's a brief video excerpt from a speech I gave last year about how to connect with an audience by using the physical space between speaker and audience.  Enjoy!    

Does size matter? How audience size changes speeches

Does the size of an audience matter to you, the speaker?  Should you do something different if your audience is large or small?  What about if you’re prepped for a big turnout and you only get six people?  Or you’re prepared for 100 and 250 people show up for an SRO event?  What then? OK, size does matter, but not in the way you’re probably thinking.  Let’s get the misconceptions out of… Read More