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 logistics discussion, The Question came up, as it always does: are you going to use slides?
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 in the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish. In… Read More
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 to earn large sums of money, there’s a huge amount of competition. Lots of people have noticed… Read More
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 Frank TED
Mick Jagger and his Rolling Stones rocked the TD Garden in Boston last night, and thanks to David Meerman Scott’s hard work on the Stones’ fan page, I was in the audience. Thanks, David, for inviting me to come along! Any time I get a chance to see a legendary performer like Jagger, I jump at it, because it’s a chance to learn stagecraft useful for public speakers. The rest of this… Read More
An astute reader of the this blog, David Meerman Scott, pinged me after Tuesday’s blog post and said, “Aren’t you going to provide examples?” And that was such a sensible suggestion that I hasten to oblige. So here is The Evolution of Public Speaking (and acting) Part 2. I begin with the wonderful Sir Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, the famous “To be or not to be” soliloquy. Olivier’s Hamlet Now, here’s a… Read More
One of the details that speakers often miss is what to do at the end of the presentation when the audience applauds. So the speaker is caught off guard. Most just scuttle off the stage, a little shy and embarrassed, glad to be done, eager to leave the scene and hit the bar. And of course, there are those who are secretly hoping for a standing ovation, that gold medal of speaking,… Read More