Bragging Is What Presenters Need To Be Able To Do Well

Just in case you’ve forgotten it, the #1 question on the minds of any audience that is seated and waiting for you to begin talking to them is “Why should I even bother listening to you?“. This means that in order for you to have any hope of making an impact on this  audience, you’re … Read moreBragging Is What Presenters Need To Be Able To Do Well

Dennis Quaid Gives A Keynote Speech – Real Life Speeches

I just got back from spending the better part of a week up in Chicago at a big health care conference (HIMSS09). This was an amazing opportunity for me to sit back and watch somewhere in the neighborhood of about 100 different presenters get up and do their very best job at communicating. One of … Read moreDennis Quaid Gives A Keynote Speech – Real Life Speeches

Business Stories: Out Of Place Or On Target?

One question that I keep getting asked over and over by speakers that I am working with is if storytelling is such a powerful communication tool, then why isn’t it used more in business settings? It’s a good question, but the answer is a little bit complicated. Where Did All The Stories Go? I can’t … Read moreBusiness Stories: Out Of Place Or On Target?

Real Life Speeches: Alan Greenspan Gives A Keynote

Even if you don’t work in the world of high-finance, you surely know who Alan Greenspan is. He was the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. There’s no question that this guy is smart, but can he deliver a good keynote speech? Where It Happened While attending the recent HIMSS health … Read moreReal Life Speeches: Alan Greenspan Gives A Keynote

Real Life Speeches: George Halvorson, CEO Of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

We can talk about how to be a better communicator all we want, but in the end it comes down to learning – and we all do this in different ways. One great way to discover what a speaker should (or should not) do is to watch ’em in action. This time around we’re going … Read moreReal Life Speeches: George Halvorson, CEO Of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.