public speaking skills

rock star speaker
12 Aug 2014 No Comments

How to be a rock star speaker

When Steve Jobs got into high gear as a speaker, many people reported that he seemed to have a reality-distortion field around him. No matter how unrealistic his claims at […]

capture attention
29 Jul 2014 2 Comments

Capture Attention–4 Ways to Get Through to Your Listeners

Every speaker struggles with a balance:  A talk needs to be brief enough and interesting enough to ensure an audience will hear it, but it also needs to contain all […]

capture attention
15 Jul 2014 No Comments

More Ways to Capture Attention

In this series of posts, we’re looking at ways to capture attention and keep it. I make a distinction between “neck up” attention and “neck down” attention.  The former is […]

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 5 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 […]