Tidings of discomfort and joy

Tidings of discomfort and joy

You probably have the same instinct I do when you’re speaking to an audience. You want to make them feel at ease. Happy. Comfortable. That’s understandable. The most immediate sign that a speech is working is audience approval: nods, applause, even cheering. And we’re...
Public speaking photos, free to use

Public speaking photos, free to use

A confession: I bought a stock photo of a microphone and auditorium five or six years ago, and I’ve been using the same damn photo ever since. What’s more, a lot of other people have been using the same photograph too. (And not without reason. It’s a...