Useful Books for Speakers

Once again the pile of books that people have sent me has grown dangerously high, so here are a half-dozen quick takes to reduce the size of the pile and let you in on some interesting new reads. 1. The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways to Use Social Media to Drive Social Change, […]

When You Have to Deliver the Bad News….

Speakers sometimes have to deliver bad news. It’s not a pleasant prospect for most of us; we prefer to keep our audiences happy so that they will love us. After all, risking dignity and exposure to stand up in front of an audience and speak costs us something in nerves, so we want good vibes […]

It’s the Little Stressors That Will Kill You

Recently I was busy in an airplane-hangar-sized room helping a couple of speakers get ready to speak to an audience of 10,000 people. That’s a daunting challenge for anyone, but the difference between the two people made for a quite different experience running up to the event. One was extroverted and the other introverted. As I […]

A Quick Tip for Introverted Speakers — and Extroverts Too

I often get asked about cultural differences in communications around the world, especially in terms of body language. What’s interesting is that the research of the last couple of decades has highlighted the similarities among peoples around the world more than it has found differences. So, for example, basic facial gestures turn out to be […]

Which Is Better – PowerPoint or a FlipChart?

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m not a fan of PowerPoint (or any other slide software) – specifically the use of long bulleted lists as de facto speaker notes more for the benefit of the speaker than her audience. Those who have seen me speak will know that I am a big […]