The World’s Second Most Famous Brain and What It Teaches Public Speakers


In 1953, an epileptic had brain surgery to try to relieve the seizures he was experiencing that were making his life a nightmare.  A neurosurgeon, William Beecher Scoville, removed a piece of Henry Molaison’s brain about the size of an apple, and cured him of his seizures. Unfortunately, the operation also robbed H.M. (as he came to be called) of his memory.  He lived the rest of his life in the moment,… Read More

Why You Need to Tell Us Stories, Not Dump Information on Us

Everyone seems to get these days that storytelling is important, because we’re awash in data and information and can’t remember it all.  But we do remember stories. They’re even more important than that.  They are how our brains work.  For example, they are why we all feel that it’s safer to drive than fly, even though the statistics prove the opposite.  We remember the horrifying stories of plane crashes, and forget the stats. … Read More

What is the role of emotion in public speaking?

What is the role of emotion in public speaking?  We have all seen speeches that seared their audiences with emotion and were unforgettable as a result.  You have probably seen speeches that were inappropriately emotional as well.  Perhaps the CEO lost his temper at the wrong moment, or the VP for Marketing burst into tears like John Boehner, embarrassing everyone in the process.   There’s still a mistaken belief in the business… Read More

Neuro Web Design – What Makes Them Click?

We think we make decisions about to how act and what to do consciously, but brain research reveals that most of our decision-making behavior is governed by unconscious processing. In her book, Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click?, Susan Weinschenk reveals how to design web sites that appeal to the unconscious mind in order to move people to action. “We process millions of pieces of information unconsciously all the time,” explains… Read More

Connie Dieken and Dr. Nick Morgan on Authenticity and Charisma

Communications expert Connie Dieken interviews Nick Morgan. In this 30-minute podcast they discuss many subjects including how the latest brain research could transform the way you think about communicating and why adrenaline makes you robotic and monotonous. Website | Download podcast

Your Brain Contains Mirrors – And Why That’s Important

For my blog today, I'm posting a brief excerpt from a speech I gave last year on communications.  The clip explains mirror neurons and why they're important to understand.  Enjoy!    

Getting to Know Both Your Brains

Anyone who is interested in communications and the brain should spend a little time with Heribert Watzke, food scientist and researcher into what he calls the little or lower brain.  It turns out that you’ve got 100 million neurons – 20 different varieties  — in your gut, connected to the emotional centers in your bigger or upper brain, the one in your head.  Those neurons are mostly concerned with keeping you alive… Read More

How Your Brain Really Communicates

Second in a series of podcasts on communication subjects.  This one is all about the latest brain research and what it tells us about how people communicate.  The segment lasts about 5 minutes.  Enjoy! Nick Morgan Interview -2-Oct 2010

Tour your Brain with V. S. Ramachandran

I'm going to devote a couple of blogs to a genius and an expert on neurology:  V. S. Ramachandran.  He's a compellingly clear speaker on difficult scientific topics.  Anyone who has to present dense material — science or engineering, say — can take  a lesson or two from this masterful storyteller.  Here, he talks about mirror neurons, the neurons in our brain that make it possible for us to be empathetic.   … Read More

Richard Branson, Public Speaking and Evolution

Our brains evolved to keep us alive and safe — but not to speak in front of an audience in the 21st century.  My story about Richard Branson illustrates what happens when evolution takes over.  Enjoy!