Monthly Archives: March 2016

Punishing Those Who Arrive on Time

The past few weeks I’ve attended a number of presentations and panel discussions. This is nothing unusual, as I try to learn something substantive while also observing how things go from my perch as a public speaking consultant. I’ve long been struck by a phenomenon that seems not to occur to many conference organizers. It’s […]

Handling Hecklers

Today’s entry is based on one of the 20 case studies in my position paper, “Beyond the Bottom Line: 20 Ways to Reduce Reputational Risk.” The risk Protesters disrupt your news conference The Background You’ve got the right spokespeople on the podium, prepped them with your message, and spread the word about your news conference. What […]

Do Your Spokespeople Take Media Training Seriously?

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (where I serve on the faculty) was kind enough to publish an article of mine recently. In case you missed it, here it is. ————– Some association and chamber executives are enthusiastic when it comes to improving their communications skills. Others? Well, not so much. What […]

Create Your Own Professional Development Plan

Ongoing professional development involves a constant commitment to your personal education. Your organization’s success—and the health of your own career—depend on it. One core value I try to instill in every client following a communications training engagement is to commit to develop a plan that serves them well in weeks, months, and years to come. […]

Back to Basics: The Three Keys to Great Presentations II

This post is a follow up to the last topic: A back to the basics look at the final two of The Three Keys to Great Presentations. The second of the Three Keys, Performance, offers you a chance to blend substance and style into a convincing speaking combination. Performance is much more than a matter […]