How to help your audience remember what you say

Our memories are not as good as even the most pessimistic of us fear they are, alas. That has disturbing implications for speakers. We study our field, master it, craft a speech, master that, practice delivery – and give the speech with as much passion as we can muster. And the audience remembers perhaps 10 percent […]

Here’s how to handle a problem most speakers face

You’re a speaker. You’re going to give the morning keynote speech at 9:00 AM at a top conference with an audience of 1,000. You’re pumped. As part of the invitation to speak, you’ve been asked to attend a dinner the night before, in order to meet the audience, mingle with them, and – by the […]

How to Give an Impromptu Speech

A client and friend asked me the other day about impromptu speeches. His question, basically, was, to give consistently good impromptu speeches, do you memorize something (or a few pieces of something) and then trot those out at the key moment? Or, if you actually make them up in the moment, how do you think […]

What Will Corporate Storytelling Look Like in 2015?

I’m not going to make communications predictions this year, because my crystal ball is cloudy, and 2015 in any case so far seems like more of the same as last year.   But thanks to a collision of two trends, there is one area where the future is clear already: corporate storytelling. It’s going to have […]

The Public Speaker’s To-Do List for 2015

Happy New Year. Is this the year you break out as a speaker, at a level that matches your ambition? How high do you want to fly? Do you want to excel at the keynote level, in hot demand at $40K per speech, all over the world? Or do you want to have constant invitations […]