Why Going Viral May Be the Worst Thing That Happens to Your Business

Why Going Viral May Be the Worst Thing That Happens to Your Business

The dream of the modern marketer is the viral video, or Internet sensation, or meme. Once you’ve got that, you have it made, right? It’s the modern business equivalent of the old fairy tale line, “and they lived happily ever after.” What’s not to like? You’ll be feted by the media, courted by the money […]

When Is It OK for a Speaker to Yell at an Audience?

When Is It OK for a Speaker to Yell at an Audience?

When is it OK for a speaker to upbraid an audience? A frequent reader of this blog sent me this link to a fascinating example of a speaker dressing down his audience. In this case, does the attitude the speaker evinces seem more palatable because the speaker is a grown up addressing teens? What exactly […]

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

What Happens to Your Face When You Speak in Public?

A recent study rated people’s attractiveness after they demonstrated an emotion. It turns out that I will find you attractive if your emotions are easy to read. If they’re hard to read, on the other hand, I’m not going to be so ready to like you. The finding has interesting implications for public speakers and […]

A Speaker’s — and Audience’s — Bill of Rights

A Speaker’s — and Audience’s — Bill of Rights

We don’t have a speaker’s bill of rights, or an audience’s for that matter. But one day recently, after witnessing a speech gone wrong, and an audience angered, despite good intentions on both sides, I decided to rectify that lacuna. This week I’m offering the Speaker’s Bill of Rights as a way of addressing both […]

Ten Rules for Upping Your Public Speaking Game

Ten Rules for Upping Your Public Speaking Game

Last time I posted on my peeves, so this time I’m giving away some hints on how to improve your game – with a positive focus. Enjoy! 1.No one wants her time wasted. Start crisply, use the time allotted well, and end just a bit early. Good time management is an essential skill of the […]

My Top 10 Public Speaking Peeves

My Top 10 Public Speaking Peeves

I often post blogs on how to create and give great presentations. Occasionally, I talk about what not to do. Usually, in those cases, I focus on the big, fatal issues that kill great public speaking. Today, I’m looking at some pet peeves of mine. None of these are career-threatening; they’re just infelicities, minor annoyances […]

The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

The Mysteries of the Mind and Communications

We’re only just beginning to understand how the mind works. As communicators, we still need to leaven our smugness when, say, a speech goes well, or a meeting, or a conversation, with humility. That’s because the huge majority of our communications are unconscious – and most of us are unintentional, unaware, unconscious communicators. I’ve been […]