communication skills

capture attention
1 Jul 2014 No Comments

Ways Great Speakers Capture Attention

In my mind, there are two kinds of attention: neck down, and neck up. Neck-up attention is when the listener has to make an effort to pay attention. Neck-down attention […]

find a sense of truth
17 Jun 2014 No Comments

Find a Sense of Truth to be Persuasive

Another way to be a highly persuasive speaker is to be “real.”  Your audience will find you more trustworthy, and so they will be more willing to hear–and agree with–your […]

persuasive speaking
3 Jun 2014 1 Comment

More Ways to Be a Highly Persuasive Speaker

Lately, I’ve been noticing principles that great speakers use to guide them.  I’ve talked about this before.  I like when speakers start by answering a question for the audience:  “Why […]

find passion to be persuasive
20 May 2014 2 Comments

Find Passion to be Persuasive

Last week we looked at a good way to start a talk if you need to be persuasive–answer “What’s in it for me?” for your audience.  Get their attention right […]

persuasive speaker
14 May 2014 No Comments

Highly Persuasive Speakers Do This

For a presenter, few moments are better than feeling you have the audience in the palm of your hand. And few are more painful than feeling the gulf between you and […]

how to introduce a speaker
7 May 2014 3 Comments

9 Tips on How to Introduce a Speaker

For great advice on how to introduce a speaker, look no further than Richard C. Borden’s 1935 classic Public Speaking as Listeners Like It. Answer the following four simple questions […]

30 Apr 2014 No Comments

Eloquence is reason set on fire

[quote align='right'] Every idea is an incitement… Eloquence may set fire to reason. –Oliver Wendell Holmes [/quote] [gap height = '30'] Gram Parsons, an extremely influential musical artist credited with helping […]

rehearsing presentations
23 Apr 2014 2 Comments

Rehearsing Presentations: Is there a better way to practice?

Creating 10,000 presentations in the course of your career and rehearsing them all with great care will not necessarily guarantee you presentation mastery. Neuroscience, and common sense, show that factors […]

business presentation
15 Apr 2014 No Comments

Business Presentation Success: Hamlet the Speech Coach

The inspiration for business presentation success can come from anywhere. Hamlet, for instance.  Hamlet is the Prince of Denmark in Shakespeare’s play called Hamlet, written around 1603. In the play, Hamlet […]

scientific presentation
8 Apr 2014 No Comments

Science and Business: The Story of a Lost Mousse

Here in New Jersey, scientists grow on trees and work in laboratories, developing and testing molecules for bio-tech and pharmaceutical companies. Every day, they leave the known world to explore […]

persuading others
1 Apr 2014 No Comments

Persuading others: Who should deliver the talk?

A presentation is a tool made of words and numbers, information and opinions. In many circumstances, it’s purpose is to help an audience make a decision or a prediction. But […]

structure of a speech
25 Mar 2014 No Comments

Two ways to structure a speech or presentation

I was looking for my childhood home on Google Earth, caught a glimpse of it from 30,000 feet, then zoomed in and saw my mother’s herb garden at the bottom […]