Public Speaking Mistakes

Public Speaking Lessons from the Michael Bay Meltdown

Like everyone else, I was mortified when I saw the now-infamous video of Michael Bay melting down onstage the other day. I consume a lot of public speaking blogs and the reaction from professionals has been a good deal less voracious than from the public in general. There was a lot of empathy expressed (the phrase […]

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11 Deadly Presentation Sins

How to Get a Free Preview Copy of My New Book

Looking for the perfect holiday gift for yourself? How about a free copy of my new book, 11 Deadly Presentation Sins? For Subscribers Only This week I’ll be giving a sneak preview of the book for subscribers to my email list. If you join by tomorrow, you’ll get all the exciting details, including: A first […]

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Presenting as a group

Presenting as a Group: 6 Tips for a Successful Pitch

Public speaking can be nerve-wracking enough, but presenting as a group adds a whole new level of anxiety to the process. And when the presentation is a new business pitch, that really raises the stakes. Organizing a group presentation can be like herding cats, only with less focus and discipline. But it doesn’t have to be […]

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Stage Fright

How to Conquer Stage Fright: 10 Tips for Presenters

When I talk to audiences about presentation skills, the #1 question I get is how to handle stage fright. I’ve written about it before but it keeps coming up. And the more I read and listen, the more I learn. So here are my newly expanded Top 10 tips for handling the jitters, nerves, stage fright—whatever […]

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11 Deadly Presentation Sins

11 Deadly Presentation Sins: Watch for Free!

Are you stuck in PowerPoint Hell? Or putting others through it? You’ll find absolution here. Check out this free webinar I did for Georgetown University: 11 Deadly Presentation Sins: A Path to Redemption for Public Speakers. It’s a simple YouTube video, but they don’t enable embedding, so just click here to watch. I first put […]

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Taking questions from your audience

5 Reasons You Should Take Questions From Your Audience

I keep hearing speakers talk dismissively about audience Q&A. They feel it’s a distraction from their message and they treat it as an afterthought. But I believe that whenever it’s technically feasible you should always take questions from your audience. Based on my own experience as a speechwriter and public speaker, here are five reasons […]

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Presentation Tips

Free Guide: 7 Fatal Presentation Errors and How to Avoid Them

In today’s attention-deficit world, you have to grab your audience right off the bat. So you can’t afford to make unforced errors at the start of your presentation. That’s why I put together this new quick-guide called 7 Fatal Presentation Errors and How to Avoid Them. It takes you through the seven worst mistakes speakers […]

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Ashton Kutcher on Public Speaking

Six Public Speaking Tips From Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher’s speech at the Teen Choice awards is getting a lot of attention, as well it should. It offers some solid public speaking tips that we can all learn from. Kutcher does a lot of things right. He clearly connects with his audience and speaks with passion and intensity (he is, after all, a professional […]

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Presentation Skills

3 Presentation Tips Guaranteed to Boost Your Performance

If you were to read just one thing online about how to improve your speaking skills, this article from Hubspot would be it: 7 Lessons from the World’s Most Captivating Presenters. I personally come back to it again and again for valuable presentation tips. What I find especially helpful is that it provides a lot of […]

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11 Deadly Sins of Public Speakers and Presenters (Pt. 2)

Perhaps the only thing worse than sitting through a dull, lifeless PowerPoint presentation is being the person at the head of the room delivering that presentation. Poor speaking skills can be a career killer, making it harder to get your ideas and programs approved, more difficult to close a sale, and unlikely you’ll be invited […]

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