Category Public speaking

Speaking Truth to Your C-suite

The fact is your CEO is sometimes his own worst enemy. Part of the role of a trusted advisor involves delivering frank advice to a company’s leaders. If you need someone to lay the cards on the table in your workplace, consider hiring some outside help. Your issues could range from your CEO’s favorite lime […]

A Scary Halloween Tale: The Lavatory Lecturer

Let’s get in the Halloween spirit with a spooky tale of a presentation that would gross out even Freddy Krueger. The conference speaker in question scared the wits out of everyone in her audience when she took a restroom break, resulting the dreaded “oops” moment, Yup, she forgot to turn off her microphone. The Parade […]

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 […]