energetic public speaker

6 Steps to Becoming a More Energetic Public Speaker

Are you a low-key person? Reserved? Introverted? There’s nothing wrong with that. But if you’re unable to turn up the necessary energy when you hit the stage, it can make or break your success as a presenter or public speaker. That’s why low energy is one of the 11 deadly presentation sins and something you need to […]

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Public Speaking Tips

5 Advanced Public Speaking Tips from a Master

Last week I attended one of the best presentations I’ve ever seen in person and came away with some really important public speaking tips. Some of these are for advanced speakers, but they’re skills anyone can aspire to achieve. The occasion was a local chapter meeting of the National Speakers Association, and the speaker was […]

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Cut the Fat from your speech

How to Cut the Fat From Your Speech: 7 Tips

One of the best ways to surprise and delight an audience is to leave them wanting more. After all, nobody ever left a room saying, “I wish that speech had been longer!” So your first priority is to trim the fat and keep your presentation focused. The Incredible Shrinking Speech Slot In the age of the […]

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11 Deadly Sins Audiobook

Now on Sale: 11 Deadly Presentation Sins, The Audiobook!

The audiobook edition of 11 Deadly Presentation Sins is now on sale! So if you’re not the “reading type,” you can just sit back, listen, and learn how to become a more skilled and confident presenter—all in just two hours. If you’re suffering from stage fright, unsure of how to organize your ideas, tired of […]

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11 Deadly Presentation Sins

11 Deadly Presentation Sins: “Quick, Fun and Practical”

I was very excited to wake up this morning to another positive review for 11 Deadly Presentation Sins, this time from Nick Morgan, who’s a renowned expert on public speaking and communication. He’s counseled CEOs and presidents, has authored several books, and writes a great blog that I enjoy following, so it’s a real honor […]

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Presenters: Are You Cheating on Your Audience?

I’ve thought a lot about why people continue to give such terrible PowerPoint presentations. Certainly lack of time is an issue for many. And some feel they don’t have the skills to do better. And others clearly don’t care—they just don’t think it’s that important to try and create a visually compelling set of slides. […]

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Death by PowerPoint

Can You Make a Bad Speaker Good? (And 6 Other Questions)

I’m thrilled with early reactions to my new book, 11 Deadly Presentation Sins (in case you hadn’t heard). It’s always fascinating to hear other perspectives on something you’re so close to and immersed in. So I’ve put together the top seven questions that have been raised about the book in reviews and blurbs, on Amazon and in […]

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11 Deadly Presentation Sins

11 Deadly Presentation Sins: On Sale NOW!

The day has come. My new book, 11 Deadly Presentation Sins, is here and on sale now at most of the usual places. Whether you’re a regular public speaker, a hardcore PowerPoint user or an occasionally terrified presenter, this book offers your path to redemption. The ability to present your ideas in clear and compelling terms […]

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Questions About Public Speaking

Answers to 7 Common Questions About Public Speaking

As I prepare for the launch of my new book, 11 Deadly Presentation Sins, I’ve been thinking about the most common questions audiences ask me about public speaking. Here are my answers, along with links to further reading —here on the blog and elsewhere. 1. Which is More Important—Content or Delivery? They’re both important—probably equally […]

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Martin Luther King

Public Speaking Lessons from Martin Luther King

We rightly marvel over the genius of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech. But when you know the backstory, the accomplishment is even more impressive, and carries powerful public speaking lessons for anyone who has to get up in front of an audience. A Moment of Improvisation As I’ve written before, much […]

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