Slideware: Just Don’t Do It

I was talking this week to a very nice group of folks who were prepping me for a speech to their organization in December. We first talked about the audience, their issues, what they needed to hear, and what was keeping them up at night. Then, we discussed logistics. And during the course of this […]

The Moon Landing and the Power of Storytelling

On May 25, 1961, President Kennedy spoke to Congress: I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important […]

You Have to Focus

I wrote in an earlier post about the importance of making choices to a successful public career.  More bad news:  once you choose, you have to focus.  Specifically, in three essential ways. First, you have to focus on creating speaking opportunities.  But not in the way that you think.  Because professional speakers have the opportunity […]

Don’t Do Irony Like This?

I recently posted about irony as the humor of this era, and David Meerman Scott asked, naturally enough, for an example of someone doing irony well from the stage.  So here is a TED talk from Ze Frank that begins and ends with irony and has a lot in between.  And it’s hilarious.  Enjoy! Ze […]

How to Change the World – 5 Lessons from People Who Have

I have the great good fortune and indeed privilege to work with a group of clients and friends that want to transform the world – or at least some piece of it – and are willing to put that passion on the line every day, often when it isn’t easy or comfortable.  They risk rejection, […]