Audiences Don’t Remember What They Hear – Here’s How to Fix That Problem

Regular readers of this blog will know that the statistics of remembering are unkind to public speakers everywhere. The research shows that people don’t remember much overall of what they hear and see in a speech, they don’t remember the details well, and they don’t retain stuff, especially, that they disagree with or that conflicts […]

Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

Hypothyroidism, Intelligence, and Baggy Eyelids

I am hypothyroid. It’s a curious disease that means my thyroid doesn’t make enough of the hormones that the thyroid normally makes and sends to every cell in your body. Symptoms can show up in a myriad of obscure ways, but the most common are slow metabolism and poor circulation, so you feel cold a […]

How Humans Mirror Each Other

How Humans Mirror Each Other

The human brain is a wonderful mirror to other humans. We have mirror neurons in our heads that help us share emotions with others, sending back their fear or anger or joy or love. That’s a very good thing, because it means empathy is real, sharing is profound, and we are not alone. In particular, […]

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 […]

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 […]