Authenticity or Charisma?

Somewhere between the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries, the general public became tired of hype and decided that it wanted authenticity instead. It’s the most important quality in leadership communications today. Don’t believe me? Think about it: with it, you can move people to action. Without it, you can’t even get a hearing. You’re in […]

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

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

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

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 […]