Five New Ways To Deal With Stage Fright

What else can you do with speech anxiety besides worry? Readers of this blog will know that I’ve given you lots of ways to handle those feelings of panic, from addressing the symptoms with breathing, to mental exercises, to work on your unconscious fears, to embracing the feelings for the adrenalin that they signify. But […]

Can anyone become a great speaker?

Can anyone become a great speaker? I get asked that question surprisingly often. And people struggle with the answer I give them: yes, if you’re willing to do the work. I think what they want to hear is, no, it’s something you’re born with (or not). Because that latter answer would let them off the […]

The Three Most Important Times to Pause in a Presentation

We were having dinner with friends recently, and one of them took the opportunity to get a little free advice. She had a speech coming up, and she said, “I remember something about pausing being important. I can’t remember the details, so what are three most important ways to think about using pauses?” You can’t […]

The Public Speaker’s To-Do List for 2015

Happy New Year. Is this the year you break out as a speaker, at a level that matches your ambition? How high do you want to fly? Do you want to excel at the keynote level, in hot demand at $40K per speech, all over the world? Or do you want to have constant invitations […]

The Official Public Words Gift Shopping Guide for Speaker – 2014 Edition

I first ran this list a few years back.  Here it is again, updated for 2014 and in time for Black Friday in the US, and general holiday shopping elsewhere:  what to get your favorite public speaking family member or friend for the holidays.  Following (in no particular order and at varying price points) are […]