The 3 Postures and Authenticity

When I speak to audiences, I often do a quick demonstration with a volunteer that reveals how audiences respond unconsciously to slight differences in a speaker’s posture.  Here’s a quick video that explains why getting your posture right is essential to connecting successfully with an audience:

How to work with publishers and agents: The Public Words Speaker Forum 2010

As I’ve blogged before, professional speakers need books in order to sustain a career over the long term.  And that means books published by traditional publishing houses for the most part, though there are exceptions.  The exceptions are speakers who already have a strong market for their speeches and can sell the books ‘in the back of the house’.  But for most speakers, the book helps generate the speaking, and so traditional… Read More

Pam Slim on Social Media and Purpose (Public Words Speaker Forum 2010)

Continuing with the theme of insights from the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010, one of the standout talks was from Pam Slim.  Pam’s generosity and openness made a deep impression on me and everyone else at the conference.  Thanks, Pam, for the inspiration! Once again, I welcome guest blogger Sarah Morgan.  The title of Pam Slim’s talk was “How to Use Social Media to Find an Audience That Wants to Hear You… Read More

How to make your book successful – a 5-step plan (PWSF 2010)

I'm delighted to welcome a guest blogger to this space:  Sarah Morgan, a writer for, attended the Public Words Speaker Forum 2010 and is writing up some of the speakers and sessions.  (Full disclosure:  she's my daughter.)  Welcome, Sarah, and thanks for this insightful piece on how to ensure that your book is a success in the marketplace!  Public speakers take note, because a successful book is still the ticket to… Read More

Why is most public speaking – especially in the business world – so bad?

(This blog is based on the talk I gave at the opening of the Public Words Speaker Forum, June 11-12, 2010.) Why is most public speaking – especially in the business world – so awful?  And how can we raise the bar, which is set distressingly low.  I think there are three principal reasons.  First, speakers make it about themselves, and their information.  Too many speeches are data dumps.  But the oral… Read More