What to Do with Your Stage Fright


A recent study from Harvard Business School of 400 participants found that if you tell yourself to get excited when about to do something stressful, like give a speech, you do better than when you try to calm yourself down. At least, that’s the way the study was discussed in the press – as a [...]

The Three Postures and Authenticity

Public Words Speaker Forum, June 2010, Harvard University. Nick Morgan talks about how audiences unconsciously evaluate the intent of speakers by how the speakers simply stand and walk on the stage. The result is that you can convey a message you don’t mean to, and give an audience the wrong impression about you. Nick shows [...]

What goes wrong when you try to communicate?

I spoke last week to an Air Force Special Ops team, and to a pharmaceutical company, about persuasive communications.   Today, I’m talking to a group of Harvard mid-career students from all over the world about the same subject.   Each time I talk I spend some time making sure I understand their particular issues in the [...]

J. K. Rowling, Harvard, and the memorable commencement speech

A reader was kind enough to send me a link to J. K. Rowling’s commencement address to Harvard in 2008 and ask what I thought of her performance.  Watching the video brought to mind how much public speaking has changed and what the new requirements are now for success in public speaking.  Let me begin [...]

Five quick steps for a successful presentation

Last week I was talking to architecture and design students about delivering a great presentation and helping them think about how their body language was a second conversation that would dominate the first – the content – unless the two were aligned.  I asked them how much time they spend preparing their presentations.  “An entire [...]

Lesson from the Designers: Don’t Talk to Your Slides

Last week I attended a day-long conference at the Harvard architecture and design school, where I was speaking about how to pitch your project – your building, your design, your vision of a new landscape.  I was the last speaker of the day, so I had the fun of watching everyone else talk about the [...]

Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

I’m very excited to announce our first annual Public Words Speaker Forum (2010) for June 11-12, 2010.  The professional speaking world is changing rapidly, the book business (speakers need published books) is changing even more rapidly, and we need to get some smart minds together to sort it all out.  The event will be held [...]

How to write, sell, and market a business book – VII: Marketing Your Book

We’ve arrived at that point you maybe never thought you’d get to:  you’ve written your book, it’s going to be published soon, and you’re ready to market it.  You’re ready because you’re smart and you’ve realized that your publisher is going to do nothing to promote the book.  It’s up to you.  If that shocked [...]