10 steps you can take right now to improve your presentations

Improving your presentation skills can be hard work. Changing behavior takes time. But there are some easy things you can do right now that will make a concrete difference in your presentation success rate. Some are physical, some are about a change in attitude. But they’re all practical, simple, and immediate. Get started now! 1. […]

The art of storytelling

These days, we’re awash in data and information and can’t remember it all. But we do remember stories. Effective storytelling is the key to making your ideas stick, your path to market unique, and your brand memorable. In this newsletter, we focus on a number of ways to make your storytelling better. First, a blog […]

From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘I don’t quit’ — a rhetorical analysis of President Obama’s State of the Union speech

President Obama gave his first official State of the Union address last night.  He gave a similar speech at a similar time last year, but he had just taken office, so the White House did not call that one a State of the Union.  This time, it’s POTUS’s first SOTU, as the insiders would say.  […]

The basic principles of nonverbal communications – 5

Principle V:  The source of our nonverbal conversation is deep in the oldest part of the brain, in emotions, survival, and relationships – all that’s fundamental to our connections with others and with our surroundings.  Recent brain research has shown us something about the way our minds work that’s deeply counter-intuitive:  we gesture before we […]