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 […]

Some Myths of Neuroscience and Public Speaking

This week I’m addressing some of the myths of communications that get in the way of great public speaking. Today, I’ll take on the right-brain, left-brain idea, the you-only-use-10-percent-of-your-brain idea, and the learning styles idea. Next time, I’ll address mirror neurons. But first, congratulations to Dale Penn, who wins the scariest-moment-ever speaking prize. Dale, send […]

The Scariest Public Speaking Moments Ever

It’s Halloween – or almost, depending on when you’re reading this – in the US, and it’s a big deal here. I read somewhere that it has become a bigger holiday than Christmas for retailers – can that be true? I got to thinking about the scariest moments public speakers have, naturally enough, and compiled […]

How To Review Your Own Videos

One of the wonders of the digital age is that video for speakers is now relatively cheap, easy, and of high quality. To be sure, there is still enormous art involved in getting good video for that speakers’ sizzle reel or for your website. But to get video for the purposes of review is no […]

The Difference Between Liberal and Conservative Audiences

Most countries have a political spectrum that divides along conservative v liberal lines. In the US, it’s the Republicans v the Democrats; in the UK, it’s the Tories v the Laborites; in Game of Thrones, it’s King’s Landing v Winterfell, and so on. Now, some recent research helps us understand what underlies the differences between […]