public speaking

February 5, 2018

You Don’t Say

As presenters, we are concerned with saying the right words, but what we choose not to say can be just as important. What we decide […]
December 19, 2016

That First Sentence

Want to get off to a great start in your next presentation? Make your first sentence have meaning. Nothing is wrong with “I’m delighted to […]
July 25, 2016
Speak for the Ear

Speak for the Ear

As William Norwood Brigance once said, “A speech is not an essay on its hind legs.” We must prepare a speech for the ear, not […]
March 28, 2016
Don't Offend Your Audience!

Don’t Offend Your Audience

A famous anecdote featuring Winston Churchill and British politician Bessie Braddock may be apocryphal but makes for an entertaining story. Supposedly Braddock encountered an intoxicated […]
March 7, 2016

Make Your Numbers Count

A good way to remember and apply principles of effective presentations is to connect them to numbers. For example, you should always have one major […]
January 25, 2016

Don’t Say Too Much

One of the keys to effective public speaking is knowing when to stop—and I don’t mean just at the end of the presentation. Stopping within […]
January 4, 2016

Let the Audience Speak

An effective way to maintain rapport during a presentation is to let the audience speak. I don’t mean audience members will get up during your […]
November 30, 2015

Ten Tips to Immediately Improve Your Next Presentation

Practice your speech aloud. If you don’t, then your actual presentation is a practice session. You have too much at stake to allow that to […]