March 1, 2016

I was watching some of the political coverage of campaign speeches this past weekend and was astounded by what I saw and heard.  As someone who's in the field of public speaking, coaching people on how to do it effectively and having made my own fair share of speeches,...

July 20, 2015

When you are dealing with communication in general and public speaking in particular, words are an important tool. The ones you choose to use carry weight and power. Yet in many ways, perhaps because words seem so transitory, people often are careless with expressing t...

July 13, 2015

Just before my recent trip to Italy I directed a stage production of a Neil Simon play called “Come Blow Your Horn”  (the first Broadway hit of his illustrious career).  I’ve been directing plays for over twenty years and doing that became a major reason I created Spea...

July 4, 2015

Public speaking is the fastest way to connect with and gain new clients.  The level of trust that you can develop with someone during a live presentation trumps any number of other ways we try to communicate in business.  Yes, there are some advantages to videos,...

May 11, 2015

When it comes to the art and craft of public speaking, simply getting up in front of people and talking doesn't equate to having a connection. In terms of reaching people strongly so you gain impact, much of that has to do with the flow of energy between the speaker an...

November 14, 2013

They seem to be taking over. Our surrounding, our lives, the way we stay in touch. It's those gadgets, smartphones, apps. Things have changed quickly and opened up many new streams of communication. And if you wait just a little while, there are bound to be new ones be...

May 1, 2013

Value Matters No Matter What You Do!

 

I recently attended an art gallery opening, something I hadn't done in some time. I was looking forward to it, not just for the social experience, but also because my college degree was in painting.  Then add to it an exhibit called...

April 6, 2013

One thing that plagues some speakers is a frequent use of what is sometimes called “verbal graffiti.”  That includes those “ums,” “likes,” “you-knows” and similar words that a lot of people say while they’re thinking of exactly what they want to say next.  Those w...

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