• Nov 18
    2015
    "Roughly speaking, any man with energy and enthusiasm ought to be able to bring at least a dozen others round to his opinion in the course of a year no matter how absurd that opinion might be." Aleister Crowley,British Occultist(1929) While Crowley was one of the more controversial figures of the early 20th century, his point is an excellent one: a speaker's energy and enthusiasm captivate an audience and lay ...
  • Nov 09
    2015
    Even the most experienced of public speakers will confess to feeling nervous before giving a speech or a presentation. If you watch closely, you can readily identify the fidgeting, hesitation, and stiffness that signal that nervousness at many political speeches and debates. How, then, do we explain Hillary Clinton? She never appears nervous; she never appears at a loss. Whether she is being grilled by hostile Republicans, addressing apress conference, ...
  • Apr 27
    2015
    Winston Churchill as a child had a slightly cleft palate and spoke with a lisp. There is some debate about whether he also developed a stutter, but in the 1920s and 1930s, before audio reports were common, reporters often wrote about his stutter as "severe," even "agonizing." A speech specialist told him there was nothing physically wrong with him and he could overcome the stutter with practice. He began practicing ...
  • Mar 23
    2015
    The question in the title is not a joke. If somebody asks you to give a 30-minute presentation, and you prepare 30 minutes' worth of remarks, I can more or less guarantee your presentation will not be a success. If you want to get your message across, keep it shorter, much shorter, than the time allotted. Fine-tune the level of detail in your presentation based on four factors. 1. What ...
  • Mar 09
    2015
    In the 1970s, Albert Mehrabian, a communications scholar at UCLA, sparked a revolution in our understanding of presentation skills. His experiments showed that a listener's emotional response to a speaker's message had more to do with the speaker's facial expression and tone of voice than the actual words the speaker used. He expressed it as an equation: "Total Liking = 7% Verbal Liking + 38% Vocal Liking + 55% Facial ...
  • Feb 16
    2015
    Presentations are among the most critical activities that business professionals engage in. It’s no wonder that when you Google “effective presentations,” you get over 10 million hits – with titles like “How to Give Effective Presentations: 21 Tips” and “How to Give a Killer Presentation.” But I don’t think you should try to use somebody else’s tips and tricks before you have mastered presenting, and I don’t think an article ...