The FacebookIs10 Movie and Your Audience

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I’m pleased to welcome Public Words writer Sarah Morgan as a guest blogger for this posting.   How many Facebook movies have you watched this week? They’re probably all over your news feed–the delightful LookBack videos your friends are all sharing with the hashtag #FacebookIs10. And they’re a great example of how to make your [...]

What’s the difference between watching a TED speech on your computer and attending an event?

We’re watching a great deal of video on our computers these days, and seeing fewer live human speeches.  That’s a perfectly understandable trend, born of time and money issues, but it’s important to understand that something is missing when you don’t attend the live event.  If you have decision-making power over a travel-and-conference budget, you [...]

How to Coach Yourself – 3 Quick Tips

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How do you improve as a public speaker without a coach like me?  I get that query from people who don’t have the budget to work with a coach, or who perhaps are inveterate do-it-yourselfers and can’t take anyone else’s advice. Rehearsal and practice are the most reliable means of improvement over the long run, [...]

5 Top New Year’s Resolutions for Speakers

Happy New Year, everyone! I’m back from a little skiing, a little overeating, and a little doing nothing. The perfect holiday break, in short. Every year I publish a list of New Year’s Resolutions for speakers in an effort to get us all thinking early about how we can improve our presentations in the coming [...]

The Public Words 2012 Top 10 Holiday Gift Guide for Public Speakers

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.  [...]

The Internet is NOT making us stupid – It’s making us different

Lots of commentators — like my old friend Nicholas Carr, for example –  have bemoaned the rise of the Internet, and before that television, arguing that these evil distractions have shortened our attention spans and caused us to become digital idiots, capable of only the briefest moments of focus.  Email, too, has come in for its [...]

How to Fix What’s Wrong with Virtual Meetings

In an earlier blog, I identified 5 problems with online meetings.  What can you do to put the life back into that sometime blessing, sometime curse of the modern world, virtual meetings?  Accept the less-than-perfect nature of virtual meetings. Don’t try to make virtual meetings into something they’re not, or try to make them carry [...]

Morgan’s Top 5 Communications Trends and Predictions for 2012

This year is already shaping up to be a fabulous year for communications mavens.  We have the quadrennial follies of the American presidential election.  We have Europe flailing its way through a debt crisis, with the heat of words rather than the light of action likely to keep us entertained for months.  We have the [...]

Embarrassed about being embarrassed? Don’t be. Embrace your humanity.

Dacher Keltner studies embarrassment, that moment when you feel, as he says, in a recent interview in the Boston Globe, “This is the worst moment of life. I have just given a talk with my zipper down, or I’ve just called this guy by the wrong name, or I farted in my yoga class.” (You [...]

The Three Postures and Authenticity

Public Words Speaker Forum, June 2010, Harvard University. Nick Morgan talks about how audiences unconsciously evaluate the intent of speakers by how the speakers simply stand and walk on the stage. The result is that you can convey a message you don’t mean to, and give an audience the wrong impression about you. Nick shows [...]