Tag Archives: Communications Science

Is Public Speaking a Soft Skill?

Public Speaking Sign

We live in a world rife with misconceptions and misunderstandings. More often than not, these arise from myths, lack of exposure to facts or general lack of knowledge. Public speaking & leadership are no exception to this rule. In my more than 20+ years in… Continue reading

5 Body Language Mistakes Public Speakers Make

Benefits of Public Speaking - Smiling Speaker

Public speaking can be a difficult skill to master but its far from insurmountable. One of the key issues we see with the 1000’s of students we have trained in our public speaking and leadership courses is a lack of awareness of body language fundamentals.… Continue reading

Engaging Your Audience Thru Questions

Speaker Questions

When a member of the audience asks a question, it is most likely because they are trying to better understand the subject that is being presented. As such, most of these questions usually fall into one of three categories: either the questioner did not fully… Continue reading

6 Shortcuts to Persuasion – Infographic

6 Shortcuts to Persuasion

The ability to successfully persuade is a powerful skill. Whether you want to be a better sales person or to improve your ability to lead, being persuasive can be key to your success in work and life. At the end of this post, you’ll will… Continue reading

Public Speaking: The Verbal & Non-Verbal

Mehrabians Rule

Public speaking is all about organized communication to a group to persuade, inspire or influence. It follow the same fundamental skills that any other communication task requires. It demands we are on point with our content, use proper body language and relevant body language. Any… Continue reading

Benefits of Public Speaking Skills

Benefits of Public Speaking - Smiling Speaker

As a speech coach and public speaking trainer, I often get questions from skeptical new speakers about the benefits public speaking has to offer. They wonder why they should bother with challenging themselves to master it. When these misconceptions come forward I always detail the… Continue reading

5 Steps to Gaining Audience Involvement

Five Steps to Audience Involvement

In my public speaking training, I often get questions around how to more effectively gain audience involvement. These ‘5 Steps to Gaining Audience Involvement’ should be a good step in the right direction. As far as I see it, audience involvement is a critical piece… Continue reading

How to Sound Conversational as a Speaker

Being a conversational public speaker

Most beginning speakers who come to my public speaking & leadership training ask a consistent question. How do I sound more conversational, less monotonous or robotic as a speaker? My formula for doing so is not complicated but it does require some practice to be… Continue reading

Filler Words – Detractors of Effective Communication

Filler Words

Early public speakers often exhibit a poor habit of utilizing filler words (umm, ahh, etc.) while speaking. Nearly every student of mine at the Institute of Public Speaking and elsewhere uses these ineffective filler words. An anxious state of mind and a lack of practice… Continue reading

Power of Smile – Your Public Speaking Secret Weapon

So often beginning public speakers are exceedingly serious in their approach to public speaking – smiling isn’t part of their delivery. They may fear public speaking, be anxious speaking, or simply not learned one of the many techniques to loosen up before speaking. Author of… Continue reading