How Do You Carry Yourself?

How to prepare a 20 minute TED talk

How do you walk into a room, out of a meeting, or onto a stage?  You probably have some parental or authority figure in your past who told you to worry about your posture, but how you carry yourself is more important and more subtle than just standing up straight when you go on a [...]

3 Quick Body Language Secrets

NickGestureBodylanguage

We’re all looking for an edge.  Maybe your competition is tougher than ever.  Maybe you’re facing an audience that you know going in will be a tough sell.  Maybe your clients have been demanding more for less ever since 2008 and you’re running out of wiggle room.  So think about the next meeting, or presentation, [...]

The 2 Body Language Mistakes You Make Every Day

Body Language Mistakes

We normally don’t think at all – at least, in the casual sense of the word “think” – about where we are in space, or how we’re gesturing, or what kind of impression we’re making on the people around us.  Most of that activity is left to our unconscious minds most of the time.  So [...]

The Second Step to Brain Mastery

Brain Science and Communication

The second step to brain mastery and powerful communication follows directly on from the first.  Now that you’ve taken inventory of your gestures, it’s time to learn to control and shape them. Here’s the surprise:  once you take charge of your own gestures with the right techniques, you’ll be well on the way to controlling [...]

10 steps you can take right now to improve your presentations

Ten steps to improve presentations

Improving your presentation skills can be hard work. Changing behavior takes time. But there are some easy things you can do right now that will make a concrete difference in your presentation success rate. Some are physical, some are about a change in attitude. But they’re all practical, simple, and immediate. Get started now! 1. [...]

Seven ways to rehearse a speech

Public Speaking Rehearsal

Rehearsal is a practice more honored in the breach than the occurrence, and it should be the other way around. People wiggle out of rehearsal in a variety of ways. They say, “I’ll just wing it.” That’s usually fatal, and ends up turning a modern virtue — the casual approach — into a sin — [...]

People I’m Grateful for #5: Paul Ekman

This blog is the fifth in a series of blogs on people that have added something important to the world of communications.  Today, my gratitude is for Paul Ekman. The series is personal and partial, but I welcome nominations for those you think I’ve missed.  I’m grateful to these people because understanding how we communicate [...]

Can you fake authenticity? Body language quick take #10

For my final blog in this series on body language “quick takes,” I’m going to answer the question I get asked most often by interviewers, audiences, and fellow speaking coaches:  how do you show up with authenticity?  And what about the irony of practicing that authenticity?  Doesn’t that mean that any such ‘authenticity’ will be [...]

Body Language Quick Takes 6 – How can you tell if someone is interested?

What does interest look like?  It helps to know the person a little bit, so you can factor out the idiosyncrasies.  But interest typically begins with eye contact.  Mostly, we look at what we’re interested in.  There are, of course, exceptions.  When people flirt, they play an age-old game of looking away and looking back, [...]

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 [...]