Seven Ways to Enchant an Audience

How can you go beyond the usual efforts to create a successful presentation – and enchant the audience?  What are the secrets to creating magic with a speech?  Here are seven ways to take your speech beyond the ordinary.  Some of these will be familiar to you, but I’m guessing that at least one will [...]

The Zen Secret for Successful Public Speaking

Zen of Public Speaking

Seth Godin’s latest blog post is very wise (as usual!) and reminds me of something I often say to clients:  the Zen of public speaking is realizing that it is not about you.  Once you have that realization, you are freed up to find joy in the act of giving a speech. Seth quite rightly [...]

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

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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 [...]

Brain Mastery – Part 8

Brain Mastery

These seven steps to brain mastery are designed to put the best, most recent brain science together with traditional knowledge about storytelling and presence – and with what my work with clients has shown to produce results – in order to put you in control of your communications. Strong human communications form the basis of [...]

The Seventh Step to Brain Mastery

Brain Mastery

The seventh and final step in brain mastery is to do something you might think impossible:  take control of someone else’s brain and synchronize it with yours.  The research in this area is in its early stages, but the implications are fascinating. It turns out that when we communicate with someone else effectively, we do [...]

The Third Step to Brain Mastery

Brain Science and Communication

The third step in brain mastery involves learning how to read the body language of others around you. There is a huge body of misinformation that has built up around reading body language.   The research approach for most of the last 40 years studied gestures as if they had specific meaning.  In other words, if [...]

The Second Step to Brain Mastery

Brain Science and Communication

The second step to brain mastery and powerful communication follows directly on from the first.  Now that you’ve taken inventory of your gestures, it’s time to learn to control and shape them. Here’s the surprise:  once you take charge of your own gestures with the right techniques, you’ll be well on the way to controlling [...]

Communication and Brain Science — Part 3

Brain Mastery

The brain research of the last few years revolutionizes our usual ways of thinking about communications.  Here’s a summary of what the new science is telling us: We communicate more powerfully through our bodies than our words; Communication is mostly unconscious, and, unless we become aware of it because of some extraordinary moment or action, [...]

Communication and Brain Science – Part 1

Most of the commonsense ways we think about how people communicate are wrong, and the reality is much stranger and more wonderful than we can even imagine.  A series of recent breakthroughs in science have overturned the accepted wisdom about how we express ourselves to others, how we interpret what they say to us, and [...]

Why Body Language Matters, and How to Think about It – Part 3

Three things happened to me when I was 17 that turned out to have a significant effect on my interest in communications, and specifically non-verbal communications, later in life.  First, I read a book about the Dalai Lama, and took him on as one of my heroes immediately and forever.  Second, I learned my father [...]