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. 66. Keep the “thought” in thought leadership
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.
Ep. 65. What we’ve learned from a year of remote presentations
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
Ep. 64. I now pronounce you… correctly
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.
Ep. 63. Less is more, and short is beautiful
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.
Ep. 62. Zoom out! You’re more than just another face
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.)
61. Go big AND go home: Why you need to amp up your online energy for work-at-home audiences
Presenting remotely? You need to bring more energy to your speaking style when your audience is at home in front of their screens. Find out why… and how.
Ep. 60. The pivot: Mozilla adapts to communicating in the lockdown
This time, we look at how the technology visionaries at Mozilla are making the pivot from face-to-face leadership communications to virtual channels. We’re joined by Justin O’Kelly, Mozilla’s senior executive communications manager.
Ep. 59. Leadership communication through curation
If sharing really is caring, then the content you share needs to be content you really care about — and content your audience will care about too.
Ep. 58. Going virtual (and staying human)
With so many face-to-face presentations being cancelled, a lot of speakers are looking at going virtual. Here’s how to make up some of the emotional connection you may lose when you jump online.