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Coming up empty as you try to write your speech? Wondering why your presentations aren’t landing quite as well as you know they should? You probably know you should connect emotionally with your audience — but maybe you need to think through just what kind of emotional connection you’re both looking for.

This episode, we look at six kinds of emotional connection, and how you can build them: confidence, trust, understanding, appreciation, shared values and what I call the mensch factor.

Music: Theme: “Good Times” by Podington Bear (

Incidental music by Lee Rosevere ( including “In a Moment,” “Under Suspicion” and “Places Unseen.” Used under a Creative Commons license.

Photo: Will O on Unsplash