Executives, STOP Thinking Public Speaking is Magic. Here Are Three Secrets to Influential Speaking.

Executives, STOP Thinking Public Speaking is Magic. Here Are Three Secrets to Influential Speaking.

“Michael, your presentations are awful. You fix this, or you’re finished.” Those are the words my boss said that “inspired” me to improve my public speaking skills. Up until then, I stood up and spoke to groups under duress. With my job at risk, I searched for...
Oh No! Some People in the Audience Don’t Like Me! What Do I Do?

Oh No! Some People in the Audience Don’t Like Me! What Do I Do?

Have You Fallen for the ‘Speaking Trap?’ My friend Tom frequently gives presentations. Recently he told me, “Six weeks ago, I got a last-minute opportunity to speak in person again. I grabbed it. “Then I learned it was a presentation to a group of high school kids....
How to Avoid These 3 Barriers That Keep You From Succeeding When You Speak

How to Avoid These 3 Barriers That Keep You From Succeeding When You Speak

Speaking Success Barrier #1 — Attention Spans According to research from the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the average attention span of audiences has decreased 31% since 2000. When we are giving speeches or presentations, this presents a problem in...
3 Costly Public Speaking Myths That Hurt Leader’s Influence

3 Costly Public Speaking Myths That Hurt Leader’s Influence

Most business leaders know public speaking is a valuable skill. And many of them work hard at it.    They write their presentations, rehearse, and build slide decks.   They give their speeches.   But, they don’t get the results they expect.   Prospective customers...

Are You Making This Costly Assumption About Speaking?

A Change in the World of Speaking Feedback from my recent workshop attendees is clear. The biggest needs for virtual presenters is: They want to know how to create audience engagement from start-to-finish They want the tools to create better audience feedback...