How to Ace a Job Interview

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In celebration of my first book, Give Your Speech, Change the World, now becoming available as an eBook, I’m excerpting a bit from the book on how to ace a job interview.  I’ve edited the text slightly to fit the blog, but I still like the advice.  Enjoy! How to Ace a Job Interview The [...]

Five Tips For Public Speaking Success

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I’ve seen a lot of speeches recently, coached and written a good number more for clients, and given a few of my own.  Here’s my latest list of good speaking habits, dos and don’ts, and lessons from the front, five this time, five the next time.  In no particular order except perhaps passion. 1. Don’t [...]

Ten Questions Speakers Should Ask Themselves

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I was inspired by one of those lists of questions that made the rounds on Facebook to create 10 questions to guide people who are serious about speaking as a way of connecting with the world.  How do you answer these?  What other questions do you have about your speaking? 1.  What do you love [...]

Authenticity Is Not Enough

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                      It’s not just about authenticity any more.  As readers of this blog will know, I’ve been arguing ever since 2008 and the publication of my book on the subject, Trust Me:  Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma, that authenticity is table stakes for professional [...]

How to Change the World in 2014

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The only reason to give a speech is to change the world.  The world, in the case of your next speech, is that audience right in front of you.  It’s an incredible opportunity – a group of people has voted with its feet and put butts into chairs to listen to you.  These people are [...]

My New Year’s Resolution for 2014: To Listen

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I’ve been on holiday, the first one in a couple of years, and as it winds to a close, I’ve been thinking about starting the New Year in the right spirit.  I’ve made the usual resolutions to get more exercise, eat right, live every moment fully, and avoid speeding tickets.  But what about a theme, [...]

Communication is different now — part 3

The last in a series of three blog posts inspired by Nicco Mele’s new book, The End of Big. Twenty-first century communication has changed how we talk to the world in three essential ways:  connectivity, authenticity, and style.  I discussed connectivity and authenticity in the last 2 posts; this post is about style. Radical connectivity has changed the [...]

Communication Is Different Now

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This is the first of three blog posts inspired by Nicco Mele’s new book, The End of Big. Twenty-first century communication has changed how we connect to the world in three essential ways:  connectivity, authenticity, and style.  The first way is obvious to any sentient being within reach of the digital world.  As Nicco Mele [...]

Communication and Brain Science – Part 2

We humans are much more communal than we realize.  It’s something we’ve forgotten, as we tune in separately to our thousand channels of entertainment and news using devices that isolate us even as they offer pseudo-connections to the group through the music or the headlines or the games.  We remember our communality when we get [...]

Why Body Language Matters – and How to Think about It

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 [...]