Five Things You Didn’t Know About Publishing A Book

In celebration of the publication of my new book, Power Cues, let’s compare the state of the industry in 2003, when my first book, Give Your Speech, Change the World, was published, 2008, when Trust Me, my second book, was released, and today, May 13, 2014, Power Cues’ debut. In 2003, there was an Internet, and email, but no social media to speak of.  Authors relied on traditional PR to sell books,… Read More

Authenticity Is Not Enough

                      It’s not just about authenticity any more.  As readers of this blog will know, I’ve been arguing ever since 2008 and the publication of my book on the subject, Trust Me:  Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma, that authenticity is table stakes for professional speakers today. But I think it’s more than authenticity that is required now.  Attending a conference today,… Read More

Leadership and Effective Communications

There's a new blogger on the scene, and he was kind enough to blog about my book Trust Me.  Vince Molinaro is rocking the leadership world with some very provocative ideas about how leadership involves both a community and a contract and how leaders need to join up and sign up before they are ready to lead.  Here's the link to the blog about my 4 steps to effective leadership communications, but… Read More

People I’m Grateful For: #1 – Susan Goldin-Meadow

I’m going to start a series of blogs on people that have added something important to the world of communications.  The series will be personal and partial, but I welcome nominations for those you think I’ve missed.  I’m grateful to these people because understanding how we communicate is desperately important to bettering our humanity in both business and life.  Miscommunications are sometimes merely irritating, but sometimes fatal.  Business communications are usually banal… 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

How to communicate powerfully

In this, the 3rd podcast in the series from Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma, I focus on the 4 steps of the title — how to align your body language and content for effective communication.  The podcast lasts about 5 minutes.  Enjoy! Trust Me Podcast 3

How to use the power of your unconscious mind

This is the first of a series of podcasts based on my book, Trust Me:  Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma.  The podcast discusses the difference between what the conscious mind and the unconscious mind do for us when we communicate, and why that's important.  It's about 2 1/2 minutes.  Enjoy! Trust Me Podcast 1

The One Thing You Must Do Before Preparing a Speech

For podcast #4, I focus on the one step you must take before beginning to prepare a speech — understand the audience.  It's a quick one; just over 3 minutes.  Enjoy!  For more discussion of the topic, see Give Your Speech, Change the World, or Trust Me.  Podcast #4 – Understand Audience

How to Control Others’ Body Language – Is Body Language Necessary? – 4

I’ve talked about how to scan other people’s body language efficiently, and how to begin to get a handle on your own by focusing on a specific emotion.  Both those activities will take some practice, but the rewards will come, and they will be huge.  Your awareness of what other people are intending will become razor-sharp and your own body language will become much more expressive, and therefore charismatic.  So keep practicing…. Read More

Free Book Excerpt – Trust Me

For my holiday blog, I'm giving you the first section of my most recent book, Trust Me, free. Enjoy and happy holidays! Trust Me:  Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma Introduction Every communication is two conversations: the verbal one — the content — and the nonverbal one — the body language.  If the two are aligned, you can be a persuasive, authentic communicator. You may even come across as charismatic. If the… Read More