Category Public speaking

Ten Reasons to Call the Communications Strategy Doctor

You feel sick. You need to decide: When do you call the doctor for help? When a health crisis strikes, we all play it on the safe side and make that call. You face the same type of decision when your organization encounters a communications crisis. If you wait until events reach a fever pitch, […]

Sun, Sand, Surf, and Strategy

Strategy and planning spell the difference between victory and defeat in the communications arena. While it’s impossible to anticipate every snafu that could arise in your interactions with reporters, policymakers, and audiences, a little advance preparation goes a long way. That brings to mind a story about the president of a large national association that […]

The Three Keys to Great Presentations: Take One

It has been a while since we last visited The Three Keys to Great Presentations. This seems like a good time to review this basic yet important method. What is the thinking behind this system? Early in my consulting career, I noticed that executives were sometimes overwhelmed when it came to sharpening their communications abilities. […]

Slide Show No-nos

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 […]

Public Speaking Disaster Averted

It could have been a speechmaker’s disaster. I first got a sense of this when asked to lead a presentation skills workshop for four panelists—scientific researchers slated to share findings and opinions with an audience of their peers. When preparing to lead such projects, I always ask for copies of the presentations well ahead of […]

Five FAQs About Public Speaking

As I go about my rounds, I hear lots of questions about the art of public speaking. Here are some of the most common queries, complete with answers. I don’t like speaking in public. Do I have to do it? Of course not. We all have different strengths and preferences. If you hate the limelight, […]

Don’t Get Lost in Techno Limbo

Technology can be your friend. Or it can work against you. Have you ever noticed how some people tend to get bogged down with the bells and whistles when they speak in public? I recall one presentation skills training workshop that drove the point home. The project involved teaching a handful of leading experts who […]