• 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 ...