CONGRESSMAN JOE KENNEDY III’S DROOLING DISTRACTION: 3 Lessons for Effective Presenters

He is a Kennedy. His is being touted as an up and coming political star. And, he is the talk of the internet. People are lighting up Twitter and other social media about Democratic Representative Joe Kennedy III’s rebuttal speech to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. But, unfortunately for Kennedy, the buzz …

THE PRESENTING HALL OF SHAME: 3 Things Engaging Presenters Avoid

Engaging presenters have an unfair advantage. They stand out! They are memorable and more influential than others. Attention spans are shrinking and people who can hold your attention with a compelling presentation simply have more influence! You look forward to their presentations, because you know they will share something worthwhile. They can make even boring material seem …

The Super Bowl of Public Speaking: Scoring Touchdowns – or Third & Long?

There is a short list of leaders who consistently score touchdowns when they speak, and those who do truly stand out as credible – and likable. Many seasoned leaders score high on what we call The Credibility Factor, but fall short on the Likability Factor. When leaders score touchdowns on both Factors, magic happens! A …

Presentation Openings: Engage Your Audience Right Out of the Starting Blocks

Starting blocks are designed to give sprinters an explosive horizontal burst. If you watched the Rio Olympics, you saw how quickly nine-time Olympic gold medalist, Usain Bolt, got the edge on other runners right from the start. The same is true when you present – if you want to gain the edge when you present, …

Choosing a Spokesperson with The Right Stuff: Lessons from Wounded Warrior’s Crisis Response

The words every organization dreads – “You are being investigated by a major news organization.” Those words came to The Wounded Warrior Project earlier this year when CBS News rolled out allegations of questionable spending by the charity. CBS interviewed more than one hundred of the organization’s employees and claimed Wounded Warrior dedicated much less to …

Donald The Disrupter: 4 Lessons For Speakers & Spokespersons

He could be called “Donald the Disrupter”. Ever since Donald Trump joined the race for president, journalists and political pundits have predicted his immediate demise on a weekly basis. But, his ratings keep going up. To say he has disrupted politics would be an understatement. He seems to drive some news commentators crazy, but he also drives the news …

Communication Skills To Weather Any Storm: What EHS Professionals Need To Know

EHS professionals must have effective communication skills to weather a variety of storms that come their way. They are charged with making sure their company complies with all safety and environmental laws at local, state and federal levels, so they must work with regulatory inspectors and agents. Sometimes they have to explain complex issues to …

Texts, Lies & Videotape: How Nonverbals Set Tom Brady’s Pants On Fire!

Text messages proved to be the centerpiece of the NFL’s investigation and conclusion that Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady and two other Patriot’s employees most likely knew about the now infamous deflated footballs. Not everyone agrees on the penalties being assessed against Brady and the Patriots, but almost everyone agrees that Tom Brady’s pants were …