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 […]

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 […]

What’s in it for me?

What’s in it for me?

I work with a wide variety of speakers, from professionals who want to polish their approach to make it as top-notch as possible, to executives who are hoping to add a little charisma to their personas, to students just beginning their journey of self-expression along the public speaking dimension. Some of those speakers start becoming […]

The Extraordinary Caleb Maddix, Entrepreneur

Every now and then a story comes along that’s simply too good to pass up. I blog about the hard work of becoming a better speaker, becoming a better professional speaker, and becoming a better communicator. For most of us, myself certainly included, it’s lifetime work. You’re never there; you’re always striving to get better. […]

Seth Godin, Front Row Culture, and High School Holdovers

Seth Godin, Front Row Culture, and High School Holdovers

I’m a huge fan of Seth Godin’s amazing blog and I was fascinated to read his commentary recently on the difference between what he called front row cultures and the contrasting empty rows of some company meetings (and by extension, some conferences and meetings with the same strengths and weaknesses). It reminded me of parallel […]