Speech Tip: Control Your Language (About the PETA Meme)

Speech Tip: Eulogizing President Bush

Speech Tip: Eulogizing President Bush The eulogy for President George Bush is loaded with challenges. I wrote similar things when John McCain died. Eulogies about public figures such as President Bush, 41, are hard for several reasons. Death is always personal, but the death of a president is always public. How do we reconcile that? […]

Speech Tip: Don’t Tell Me a Story

Speech Tip: Don’t Tell Me a Story (Unless It Matters) When you are giving a speech, you are being graced with the attention of as many people as are listening. You’ve heard “tell a story, tell a story” as some sort of speech givers mantra. That’s not the point of your speech. Your job isn’t […]

Speech Tip: Avoid PowerPoint

Speech Tip: Avoid PowerPoint Jeff Bezos doesn’t like PowerPoint in presentations. Neither do I. Why not? They distract the audience and the speaker. It is as simple as that. That’s not even getting into the design question — so many aren’t done well. Too many words, too complex of a message (charts that are more […]

Public Speaking: Book Me

Those of you who follow me on LinkedIn know that I’m emphasizing public speaking. The quick gist is below, but for the full shebang, please check out my public speaking page Public Speaking: Keynotes, Workshops, Breakout Sessions * Clarity of Message. How to speak efficiently. * Confidence Building. Your audience wants to hear from you. […]