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
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
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
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!
For my final blog in this series on body language “quick takes,” I’m going to answer the question I get asked most often by interviewers, audiences, and fellow speaking coaches: how do you show up with authenticity? And what about the irony of practicing that authenticity? Doesn’t that mean that any such ‘authenticity’ will be fake? Thinking about authenticity in this way mistakes what it is and how it is projected. Authenticity… Read More
Charisma is not what you think it is. It’s not a God-given gift that you either have or you don’t. It’s rather something you can learn, something you can turn on or off at will once you understand how it works. Charisma is focused emotion. Most of us go through our days unfocused and distracted, thinking about all sorts of things, a little upset, or perhaps in a good mood, chuckling at… Read More
What does interest look like? It helps to know the person a little bit, so you can factor out the idiosyncrasies. But interest typically begins with eye contact. Mostly, we look at what we’re interested in. There are, of course, exceptions. When people flirt, they play an age-old game of looking away and looking back, giving fleeting glances, making a game of their attention. The purpose is to heighten the excitement of… Read More