Category Assessing Feedback

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, […]

Jokes, Quotes, a Good Night’s Sleep, and More

Today’s reflections serve up a buffet of communications thoughts, whether you are delivering a presentation, participating in a media interview, or pleading your case on Capitol Hill. Carefully Cultivated Quotable Quotes The quotes you feed reporters must be carefully planned. Otherwise, they could ultimately divert attention from your intended message. One of the doctors in […]

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 […]

The Missing Key to Improvement

“Where did I put my keys?” How many times has each of us forgotten that vital piece of information? Unfortunately, many a speaker loses track of an important presentation key. It is assessing feedback—the third and most oft-neglected part of “The Three Keys to Great Presentations.” I find these three keys invaluable when leading presentation […]

With Props to Meat Loaf

Two out of three ain’t bad. So sang Meat Loaf in his 1980s ballad. But two out of three ain’t necessarily good when it comes to sharpening your public speaking abilities. The vast majority of presenters—and presentation skills training consultants, for that matter—focus only on the first two of the Three Keys to Great Presentations, […]

Avoid Reinventing the Wheel on Capitol Hill

Welcome back to this series of excerpts from my new research report Thrill on the Hill: How to Turn Congressional Testimony into Public Policy Success. —————– Some organizations—far too many in my experience—make themselves victims of lost opportunity when it comes to testifying on Capitol Hill. At the conclusion of the event, they heave a […]

The Speaker as Learner

I really enjoy speaking in public. You probably know that already. Despite delivering many a presentation over the years, I am constantly struck by how many people come up to chat afterward and tell me, in so many words, how smart I am. No braggadocio intended. It’s a function of viewing the person in the […]