The Public Words 2012 Top 10 Holiday Gift Guide for Public Speakers

I first ran this list a few years back.  Here it is again, updated for 2012:  what to get your favorite public speaking family member or friend.  Following (in no particular order and at varying price points) are 10 suggestions for anyone who speaks, presents, or just worries a lot about speaking in public. 1.  A year of Improv lessons Great speakers are able to focus in the moment on the audience… Read More

Who Are the Best and Worst Communicators of 2011?

Once again, my fellow communication coaches Decker Communications have published a “10 best and worst communicators for 2011,” and the list is fascinating both for those it includes and those it doesn’t, as well as what it says about us and where we are as a nation.  Most of the 10 worst are there because they deceived the public in some way, or broke trust with their constituents.  Most of the 10… Read More

Can you inspire an audience with a negative message?

Can a speaker inspire an audience with a negative message?  The short answer is ‘no’, but of course you’re thinking about politicians – just to take a particularly blatant example – who appear to inspire their followers with all sorts of negative messages, so you’re thinking, ‘certainly a speaker can!’  But you would be wrong.    Why?  The answer is important, because it tells us something about how to construct a good speech. … Read More

Speakers worth catching – 3: Jacqueline Novogratz

For my third in this series on speakers you should cross town to see, let me introduce you to Jacqueline Novogratz.  Whenever I’m feeling discouraged about the state of the world, or the economy, I put on one of Jacqueline’s TED talks and get inspired again.  Jacqueline is the head of the Acumen Fund, an organization that funds businesses that are making the world a better place and making money at the… Read More

How to Give a Great Presentation

For my blog today, I'm linking to a new ebook I've just published on Amazon and iTunes:  How to Give a Great Presentation.  Most presenters start with their slides; I explain why that's backwards and how to do it right.  It's a quick read for less than a small cup of coffee, and it just might revolutionize the way you think about preparing a presentation.  Enjoy!