What’s the Most Important Thing for a Speaker to Worry About?

What’s the most important aspect of speaking for a professional speaker to develop? I get asked that question all the time by people at the early stages of their careers, people who are passionate about some idea or cause or field of knowledge and who want to spread their expertise to the world. They’re thinking […]

How to Give an Impromptu Speech

A client and friend asked me the other day about impromptu speeches. His question, basically, was, to give consistently good impromptu speeches, do you memorize something (or a few pieces of something) and then trot those out at the key moment? Or, if you actually make them up in the moment, how do you think […]

Five New Ways To Deal With Stage Fright

What else can you do with speech anxiety besides worry? Readers of this blog will know that I’ve given you lots of ways to handle those feelings of panic, from addressing the symptoms with breathing, to mental exercises, to work on your unconscious fears, to embracing the feelings for the adrenalin that they signify. But […]

What Will Corporate Storytelling Look Like in 2015?

I’m not going to make communications predictions this year, because my crystal ball is cloudy, and 2015 in any case so far seems like more of the same as last year.   But thanks to a collision of two trends, there is one area where the future is clear already: corporate storytelling. It’s going to have […]

Can anyone become a great speaker?

Can anyone become a great speaker? I get asked that question surprisingly often. And people struggle with the answer I give them: yes, if you’re willing to do the work. I think what they want to hear is, no, it’s something you’re born with (or not). Because that latter answer would let them off the […]