How Should You Gesture When Speaking?

How should you gesture in order to win the favor of the crowd, persuade the audience of your point of view, or appear most charismatic? I get asked variants on these questions all the time by speakers wanting to up their game, executives wishing to improve the odds of their success, and thought leaders wanting […]

How to use your voice for leadership

What’s the best voice for influencing others and dominating the herd? A recent study found that male horses with the deeper whinny appeal more to female horses and generally fared better in the DNA sweepstakes. Similar studies have found advantages of a parallel kind for humans. Researchers at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business analyzed […]

Young Public Speakers Should Investigate Lumos

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I get inquiries occasionally from young people – high school students – looking to improve their speaking skills who can’t necessarily afford our fees. I haven’t had anywhere to send them until now, beyond recommending Toastmasters; I’m very pleased to have recently met Graeme Blackman and to be able to support his venture with a […]

Should you interrupt your colleagues?

Lots of studies have shown that women are more modest in their self-assessments generally than men – and that this is one of the factors leading to men being promoted faster and getting more opportunities for leadership. At the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins, this sad state of affairs has apparently led to a lawsuit […]

The Three Tasks of a Public Speaker

The work of a public speaker is never done. You can never complete your expertise – true knowledge of a subject is the work of a lifetime. You can never finish perfecting your presentation – even Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech had some slips of the tongue, and it is generally considered […]