Don’t be a boring speaker (it’ll cost you dearly)
Nobody wants to be labeled as a boring speaker. Nevertheless, we’ve all had to endure boring speakers at one time or another. But what are the consequences of being a boring speaker? And what should you do next if you believe the speech you’re working on right now sounds boring? I recently attended a […]Read More
Be a better speaker: Don’t overload your audience
If you want to be a better speaker, don’t waste time crafting a set of remarks that takes 30 minutes to share when you only have a 15-minute speaking slot. Be honest and ask yourself early on: Do I have too much information to share? You did it! You nailed a speaking opportunity at […]Read More
How to improve public speaking: Get out of your own way
Are you feeling stuck when it comes to public speaking? If so, you might be in your own way. Read on to discover how to improve public speaking by doing one simple thing to get out of your own way – and stay out of your own way – the next time you speak. […]Read More
The art of public speaking: First, decide what your message needs to be
Are you working on a speech right now – but struggling to nail down your message? If you want to be a better speaker, and begin to master the art of public speaking, do a little exploration first so you can decide with confidence what your message needs to be. This month I got […]Read More
What’s the process when you work with a speechwriter?
The first question I get from executives looking for a speechwriter is this: “How do you work?” If you’re an executive wondering about the process – what it’s like to work with a speechwriter instead of writing an entire speech by yourself – read on. “I love our process!” a speechwriting client told me […]Read More
Why and how to begin writing a speech without delay
Have you ever struggled to take the first step when writing a speech? Read on to learn how that’s harming you and your health – and what you can do about it. You know you have a Big Important Speech coming up in the next several months. Maybe it’s set for next quarter. Or […]Read More
When to say no to a speaking opportunity
Do you have a speaking opportunity sitting in your inbox? Are you wondering whether to accept (or decline) the invitation? Get clarity – and get off the fence – with this advice. The keynote speaker concluded, and the virtual event was over. Despite the incredible speaking opportunity given to this highly anticipated speaker and […]Read More
What leaders can learn from social science about how to write a speech
Before you deliver another presentation to your next audience, learn the most important question you must ask about how to write a speech. More than once, I’ve had a conversation like this with an executive who needs help putting together a speech or presentation for a business audience outside the organization: Me: What kind […]Read More
Executive communication coaching for DE&I: Is your strategy up to par?
Are you doing what the best organizations are doing with their DE&I communications? Here’s some executive communication coaching to help you find out by testing your DE&I speeches and other executive communications against three secret ingredients. I have a T-shirt I got a couple of years ago during an Aileron workshop for entrepreneurs that […]Read More
Communication strategy: When should you contact a speechwriter?
Timing is everything at work and in life. If your communication strategy for an upcoming event calls for a keynote speech from your CEO, how far in advance should you contact a speechwriter? Learn from this experience I had recently with a marketing VIP here in the U.S. Last week I received a desperate […]Read More