You’ll find out what I’ve learned over three decades of speechwriting, speaking and communications strategy. And you’ll meet some guests with their own wisdom to share on reaching audiences with powerful messages.
Ep. 75. Getting back on track
Off on a tangent in an interview or Q&A? Here’s how you get back on track — quickly, honesty and graciously.
Ep. 74 Why you need to rehearse — and how
If you want to make the most of your speech, you need to rehearse. And to make that rehearsal count, behold: The Ten Commandments of Rehearsal!
Ep. 73 No more boring speaker introductions!
Let’s kill off long, tedious speaker introductions once and for all — and start making them work better for you and your audience.
Ep. 72 Dana Rubin is Speaking While Female
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.
Ep. 71 Get out of your lane
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.
Ep. 70 Find Your Red Thread with Tamsen Webster
Tamsen Webster, author of Find Your Red Thread, joins me to talk about the five steps of an effective Red Thread — your key to moving your audience to take action and create change.
Ep. 69 Seven deadly sins of online presentation (part two)
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.
Ep. 68 Seven deadly sins of online presentations (part one)
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.
Ep. 67. Avoiding plagiarism: Are your words really your own?
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.