How Well-Known, Accepted Wisdom Can Hurt You

  “If you want to reach your audience, ya gotta get ‘em laughin’ one minute, and crying’ the next.”   Have you ever heard advice that sounded good, but ultimately, held you back or kept you from taking action? I have. It was the “wisdom” that started this...
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...
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...
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...