3 Public Speaking Myths That Kill Your Influence and Impact Every Time You Speak

3 Public Speaking Myths That Kill Your Influence and Impact Every Time You Speak

Why do we give speeches? When I ask this question in workshops I hear various answers. These responses aren’t right or wrong, but they can help you understand why some speeches are more memorable than others. The reason most speeches are quickly forgotten is they...
3 Benefits Metaphors Bring to Your Speech

3 Benefits Metaphors Bring to Your Speech

Does Your Story Make Your Listener’s Brain Work Too Hard? In his bestselling book, ‘Building a StoryBrand,’ Donald Miller points out the human brain has two main functions: Survival Conserve calories Too many speakers make their audiences work too hard to...
A New Perspective on an Old Problem — 5 Simple Steps to Create Your Best Story

A New Perspective on an Old Problem — 5 Simple Steps to Create Your Best Story

Perhaps the biggest challenge I see as a storytelling consultant is this: Most people are inserting too much information and backstory into their narrative. What is the impact on your audience when you do this? The Lunch Buffet Effect. You remember buffets,...
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....

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