Welcome To The Pod: Tips On Podcasting For Public Speakers

So speaking in front of a real, live audience is a great way to communicate. However, we don’t always get to control the world that we live in and so sometimes it’s just not possible to have you (the speaker) in the same place as all of the people who need to hear your message … Read moreWelcome To The Pod: Tips On Podcasting For Public Speakers

Dynamic Humor: What’s A Public Speaker To Do?

In real estate, they say that the value of a property is based on location, location, location. In speaking, you can divide your speech up into three separate parts: the opening, the body, and the closing. I firmly believe that the value of your speech is all about the opening, opening, opening. Studies have shown … Read moreDynamic Humor: What’s A Public Speaker To Do?

Stand Up Straight Young Man! (Public Speaking Tip)

So when was the last time that you spent any time thinking about how you breath? I’m going to guess that it was sometime when you couldn’t get air – underwater, someone sitting on your chest, bag over your head, etc. Since you are reading these words, I’m going to guess that somehow you were … Read moreStand Up Straight Young Man! (Public Speaking Tip)

Public Speaking Problem: Too Many Questions (From One Person)!

As though speaking in public was not difficult enough! Just about every technical presentation ends up with the obligatory “Question & Answers” opportunity for the audience at the end of the speech. There are actually three ways your presentation can go at this point in time: (1) nobody asks any questions – sorta embarrassing, but … Read morePublic Speaking Problem: Too Many Questions (From One Person)!

How To Use Your Mental TV To Memorize A Speech (or Anything)

Back when I was in school, I was taking mainly technical courses and I got to be pretty good at them. The routine was pretty much the same for each class: learn the formula, work some problems to practice using the formula, take a test and show that you know how to use the formula. … Read moreHow To Use Your Mental TV To Memorize A Speech (or Anything)

Killing Time Until YOU Run The World — How To Use Quotes In Your Next Speech

Man, once you are in charge, things are going to be different around here! Specifically, you won’t have to work so hard to convince your audience that they should see things your way. However, until that day arrives, perhaps it would be worth our time to take a look at a few ways to persuade … Read moreKilling Time Until YOU Run The World — How To Use Quotes In Your Next Speech

We’ve Moved (But You Shouldn’t Care)

Over the weekend I moved “Communication Skills For Technical Staff” blog from its comfortable home at Google’s Blogger to a brand new home at a self-hosted WordPress site called,  www.theaccidentalcommunicator.com. Those of you with sharp eyes may have also noticed another small change – I changed the name of the blog to “The Accidental Communicator“. … Read moreWe’ve Moved (But You Shouldn’t Care)

The Art And Science Of Persuasion

So why do we even bother communicating information to others? The answer is simple: we often need others to see things the way that we do. Study after study has shown that most people (myself included) believe that we’re so smart that we can not be sold. The great communicators know that the truth turns … Read moreThe Art And Science Of Persuasion