Body Language

17 Nov 2015 No Comments

Don’t forget or confuse your purpose

One of the most common mistakes we make is that we forget what we’re trying to do. Most people can identify with that moment when you find yourself peering into your […]

3 Nov 2015 No Comments

On playing possum and peacock preening

When a possum is threatened, he contracts into a ball, while bears do the opposite.  They stand on their hind legs to make themselves look bigger. Chameleons change color and remain perfectly […]

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20 Oct 2015 No Comments

Think twice about the topic and length when you present

When invited to speak or present on a topic chosen by someone else, it’s time to negotiate the topic. And when invited to speak for 45 minutes, it’s time to negotiate the […]

6 Oct 2015 No Comments

The Right Way to Give Praise

Praise a child for being smart and you give her a self-concept that can be ruined by her B-minus. From that moment on, she may choose to play it safe, lest […]

22 Sep 2015 No Comments

Upgrade from good to great presentation skills

I believe that there are two kinds of presentation skills. One kind helps make the speaker look good. The other kind helps the listeners understand and believe in the speaker. […]

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8 Sep 2015 No Comments

10 Things “The Donald” Does Well

Forget about policy. Forget about the debate on whether or not he’s a narcissist or an egotist or both–a misguided missile with delusional certainty or a potential and dangerous strongman […]

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25 Aug 2015 No Comments

The Best Way to Showcase Your Smarts

Are you trying to impress a client, get a job, or close a deal? Then skip the emails and pick up the phone or schedule a meeting. New research reported […]

11 Aug 2015 No Comments

Everybody’s doing it–but nobody wants to talk about it

Clinton and JFK did it. I bet Michelle Obama and Matthew McConaughey and Tim Cook do it. (They’ve been singled out as being especially good at it this year.) I’m […]

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27 Jul 2015 No Comments

6 Surprising “Don’ts” for Leaders

Breaking the rules doesn’t always mean that you’re breaking bad. Sometimes it pays to do the opposite and forego common sense. Great leaders don’t always act serious. It’s easier to persuade […]

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14 Jul 2015 No Comments

21 Paradoxes of Presenting

Isn’t there enough to do when you’re preparing for a presentation? Besides the obvious, you’ve got to navigate the delicate balances below: Be brief, but take your time. Be yourself, […]

30 Jun 2015 No Comments

Make Data Sing–Learn from Hans Rosling’s TED Talk

I like to see people use data effectively–to make complex information clear and compelling. And, I like to help people plan out this data and incorporate it into a talk. […]

16 Jun 2015 No Comments

Nix Nerves Before You Speak Infographic

Here’s a handy infographic to share with anyone who suffers from stage fright before a presentation or talk. It describes 3 counter-intuitive ways you Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On […]

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