Overcome the fear of public speaking

On Broadway the goal is perfection. Actors memorize every line, every gesture and every interaction. The director demands nothing less. The audience expects nothing less. I find that too many speakers head into their presentations placing similar expectations on themselves and as a result they feel a tremendous amount of pressure. The overwhelming fear that […]

Don’t let “that guy” interrupt your presentation

I was at a party once telling my favorite story. Everyone has a favorite story, the one that always gets a laugh. I’m building towards the laugh line when a rude gentleman who had had a few too many interrupted. We’ll refer to him as “that guy.” Something I said had reminded “that guy” of […]

Break this presentation rule and you’ll lose your audience

Three is a kind of magic number. If you rub the genie’s bottle you get three wishes, Sleeping Beauty had three fairy Godmothers, there were three stooges and three little pigs, and three musketeers, “The Three Amigos”, “My three sons”, “Three’s Company” or you might think three’s a crowd, people usually give you three guesses […]

What if I need notes for my presentation?

A young professional once explained her dilemma to me. “I’ll found out at 10:00 in the morning that I have to deliver a talk at 2:00 that same afternoon” she said. The ideal, of course, would be to deliver this presentation with no notes. But this requires time to practice and then practice again and […]

Is your presentation worth delivering?

This happens somewhere every day. The boss says “I want you to take ten minutes at the next meeting and update the team on the big launch project.” As it turns out the “launch project” is on time and on budget so there isn’t much to talk to the team about. But you dutifully create […]

The secret to not looking like a nervous speaker

My previous blog was about how to spot a nervous speaker so today’s blog will be about the secret to not looking like a nervous speaker yourself. We’ve all seen speakers impacted by their adrenaline and as a result unable to control certain strange non-verbal idiosyncrasies. This can be anything from folding the arms and […]

How to spot a nervous speaker

We tend to do funny things with our bodies when we get up in front of a group of people to talk. Our adrenaline flow drives behavior that our audience may find odd or irritating or even suspicious.  All of which, of course, undermines our message and does damage to our credibility. It’s important to […]

The most common PowerPoint mistake of all time

Many mistakes are made when it comes to PowerPoint and more often than not the tool is used in ways that hurt more than help a presentation. But this blog is about the most common mistake you’ll see in the misuse of power point. I say that because I can honestly tell you that I’ve […]

Joe Torre gives us a tough lesson in public speaking

The day before Joe Torre, former Manager of the New York Yankees, entered the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame he gave baseball fans a little insight into the speech he would be making at his induction ceremony; it would be unprepared and unscripted. “I don’t do rehearsed” Torre said and added that he planned […]

Do these 3 things and you will never lose your audience

I was asked recently what a speaker can do if he feels he has lost the attention of his audience. But I answered the question this way: “What if I could guarantee you that you will never lose the attention of the audience to begin with?” These three steps will virtually guarantee that you never […]