Pick up a collection of speeches or quotations from history, and chances are most of those voices belong to men. But it turns out the oratory of the past was a lot more female than many of its curators would have us think. One woman in particular, Dana Rubin, is working to change our understanding of public speaking history — and the role women have played in shaping it. And she’s my guest on this episode.
You’ve probably heard the expression “stay in your lane.” And sometimes that’s good advice — but right now, we’re facing global emergencies on an unprecedented scale, and we need voices speaking out for truth, democracy, science and our very survival. If you have a platform, you can be one of those voices…even if you aren’t an expert. Here’s how to do it responsibly.
Over a year into online presentations as the norm, and some folks are still committing these seven deadly sins. Here’s how to stop… and how to find redemption.
Over a year into online presentations as the norm, and some folks are still committing these seven deadly sins. In part one of this two-episode series, we look at sins one through four.
Not all plagiarism is deliberate. It can be surprisingly easy to steal someone else’s words by accident. Here’s how to keep that from happening to you — by making sure your words, really are your words.
So many leadership communications mistakes come down to one thing: not having a clear goal and a roadmap to get there. This episode looks at a high-profile communications failure: an op-ed that blew up in CEO’s face, damaged the company’s reputation and forced an embarrassing public about-face. Learn what went wrong… and how you can keep your communications on track.
Public speaking has changed a lot in the past year, since conference halls and auditoriums went dark and we traded stages and amplifiers for webcams and video. But those changes can help us be better speakers, when the time comes to return to the stage
Mispronouncing someone’s name from the stage is a lot more than a minor screwup. Here’s why speakers should never go to the mic without knowing how to pronounce every name they mention correctly — and why speechwriters should never let them do it.
Put the audience first. Keep it simple. And other lessons from helping to run my first online convention.
Last November, the BC Federation of Labour held its first-ever online convention. The response from our hundreds of delegates was overwhelmingly positive, and we learned plenty. I always keep my eyes peeled for things that make online speeches and presentations work...
When you’re speaking via video, you want to keep things short. Here’s how to embrace short, even when you’re scheduled to run long.
If you’re spending all day in Zoom meetings, then it’s easy to think that speaking by video automatically means showing your head and shoulders… and nothing else. Let’s talk about what you (and your audience) are missing by not letting the rest of your body get in on the act. (The bad news? You’re gonna need to start wearing pants again.)