• Apr 19
    2017
    You are an internet user, so I am quite certain you have seen the video of a passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight in Chicago last week. It captured the public imagination, not just because the passenger screamed so plaintively, but because most people never realized that buying an airplane ticket is reversible in that way. Who knew that an airline doesn’t have to honor its commitment to ...
  • Apr 18
    2017
    If you woke up in a good mood today, your performance on the job is likely to be better than it would have been if you hadn’t. You probably already knew that, but recent research shows that a good mood broadens the focus of your attention and increases your creativity. A good mood makes you a more imaginative problem solver. It probably also makes you more compassionate, which makes you ...
  • Mar 06
    2017
    In a blog post last November, I advised you to stand while giving a presentation, even if you’re expected to be seated at a table with your audience. My reason for this advice is that standing makes your presentation into an event, and it also infuses it with energy and excitement. But there may be times when it would seem out of line for you to stand. Often, you find ...
  • Feb 20
    2017
    The concept of executive presence has lately captured the imagination of the business press. When I did a Google search on the term, it came back with more than two million hits. This article in Business Insider (the first hit from my Google search) suggests that the seven aspects of executive presence all begin with “c”: composure, connection, charisma, confidence, credibility, clarity, and conciseness. This may be a tour de ...
  • Feb 08
    2017
    “I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.” Dave Barry (1947- ) The American humor columnist, Dave Barry, makes a good point. “Know-it-alls” aren’t terribly popular. Here are some tips for not sounding overbearing to your audience: Don’t argue small points. Acknowledge that some ...
  • Feb 08
    2017
    Most of us have forgotten about our resolutions we made for ourselves when the ball dropped. So, let’s start fresh and resolve to be a better communicator, learning from 2016’s mistakes. The year 2016 was a big year for communication failures. They were many, varied, and costly. Here are my top four New Year’s Resolutions for better communication (hey—better late than never and these could really save you and your ...
  • Nov 17
    2016
    I don’t know about you, but I’m glad the election is over. It had its low points, and it had its high points, but taken as a whole, I think it was unique in the annals of American public speaking. For most of us, it was exhausting just to watch it. Simply in terms of communication, without considering the issues, it was the toughest, most bizarre presidential election I have ...
  • Nov 02
    2016
    I am old enough to remember when the world was a lot more formal. You would put on a suit to go to work. If you were a man, you wore a necktie. But can you blame people for not wanting to dress that way for work anymore? After all, one of the world’s most successful business professionals goes to work in T-shirts. There is probably a lot more influencing ...