Today’s entry is an excerpt from my updated position paper, “How Important Are Nonverbal Signals?” Prosody is a fancy word academics use to describe the vocal intonations that accompany speech and help convey meaning. For ease of understanding, I label these your Audio tools. They tend to transmit your level of authority or influence to […]

Today’s entry is an excerpt from my updated position paper, “How Important Are Nonverbal Signals?” Stay tuned in weeks to come for more insights into how your body language affects your organization’s goals and your own career prospects. ——————- I break down nonverbal communication into two areas: Video tools and Audio tools. This makes it […]

Today’s entry is an excerpt from my updated position paper, “How Important Are Nonverbal Signals?” Stay tuned in weeks to come for more insights into how your body language affects your organization’s goals and your own career prospects. ——————- Your audience is keeping an eagle eye on you as you speak. Yes, they are listening […]

Occasionally people ask me about favorite moments and famous faux pas that have occurred during media training workshops I’ve led. Here are some classics from the Barks Communications vault. Now, ladies and gentlemen, the highlights and lowlights. It’s Good News Week A global public relations agency found its communications training capability stretched to the breaking […]

Reporters are grateful when you prove helpful. They have stories to write, bylines they want to see in print, and editors and news directors to please. But it is naïve to suggest there is not another side to this coin. They thrive on conflict. After all, that is what sells newspapers, generates online clicks, and garners TV […]

The hubbub surrounding last week’s testimony of former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee rivaled that of John Dean, Anita Hill, and Oliver North in the pantheon of Congressional hearings. I don’t intend to pose an exhaustive review here. Rather, let’s use the spotlight his hearing focused on the Hill to examine […]

Using slides during your presentations is strictly a matter of personal preference. If you find them useful in a particular situation and you feel comfortable with the equipment, great. If you are frightened by your laptop or simply don’t care for the technology, keep it out of your repertoire. Here is a handy list of […]