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 […]

How Much Should A Speaker Charge?

How much should you charge to give a speech? The question is complicated by a number of factors including perception, the market, your expertise, the audience, and your celebrity appeal. I’m going to approach the subject from the point of view of a speaker trying to gauge the marketplace and price to get bookings. Be advised […]

Hope For People With Autism: iPresentWell and AutismSees

Occasionally, a story comes along that’s so great I have to share it asap. Meet Danielle Feerst. She’s the CEO of AutismSees, a startup dedicated to creating technology – apps – to help people with autism make successful public presentations. She’s a rising junior at Tufts University. The first app is iPresentWell, and it’s in […]