• Aug 12
    2016
    More than 60 of you have responded to our survey on the best and worst convention speakers. You can see the full results here. If you haven’t yet participated in the survey, and would like to, you can click here to take the survey. Of the six speakers in question… Ivanka Trump Melania Trump Donald Trump Michelle Obama Barack Obama Hillary Clinton …the majority of you consider Michelle Obama to ...
  • Aug 10
    2016
    It’s important to analyze your audience. The key is to overcome our own preferences, and focus on what the audience wants. Here are some things to help keep you on track: Even if you are endlessly fascinated by detail, resist the urge to tell them that one last interesting fact, if you suspect the only person interested is you. Anticipate their questions. If it becomes apparent that they want to ...
  • Aug 10
    2016
    When you attend or participate in almost any kind of individual sporting event, whether it’s a 5K race, a walk for charity, a triathlon, a bike tour, or a marathon, you will notice there is a significant amount of communication taking place among participants via the messages on their t-shirts. The reason for this is that races often provide specially designed race t-shirts to participants who finish. Wearing one of ...
  • Aug 04
    2016
    …and after you read this post, please participate in this quick, 2-question, survey! If you’re a reader of this blog, you’re probably an effective communicator, which is to say you think about the process of communication rather than just letting it happen. That’s why I’d like you to complete a brief survey we are doing on the skills of the speakers at the national party conventions that were held last ...
  • Aug 03
    2016
    Does your audience sometimes seem to be more interested in their email and text messages than in your presentation? Here are some tips to subtly, and obviously, remove distractions. Make a show of turning off your cellphone or text device just before you speak. This will cue others to do the same. Start by acknowledging the pressures of the outside world. Let your audience know how long you’ll be speaking ...
  • Jul 27
    2016
    Ever wonder how you’d use your high school geometry? Try using it during a presentation to a large audience. By focusing on the eyes of one person in a large audience, you’ll make others feel like you’re talking directly to them. The reason is geometric. Your gaze focuses on a single point, but your angle serves as the tip of a triangle. Everyone in that triangular view will experience the ...
  • Jul 20
    2016
    This Thursday, July 21st, is the birthday of the late Marshall McLuhan. McLuhan is considered the father of media and communication studies, so we have a high regard for him here at Communispond. McLuhan pithily summarized the most famous of his many principles with the phrase “the medium is the message.” He and graphic designer, Quentin Fiore, collaborated on a 1967 book that would both explain and demonstrate the meaning ...
  • Jul 13
    2016
    I have been reading Gayle Cotton’s 2013 book, Say Anything to Anyone, Anywhere, and I recommend this book to you if you need to communicate cross-culturally. There is a lot of great advice in it. Her chapter on gestures highlights nine different hand gestures and their meanings in different cultures. I wanted to describe three of them in addition to the “OK” gesture. Knowing these are subject to misinterpretation could ...