September 26, 2016

Best practices for nonlethal PowerPoint

  I probably don’t need to tell you that PowerPoint can be deadly. It can kill the chemistry between you and your audience. It can kill […]
August 24, 2016

How to get loud so you can get heard

If you’re like me, and teenaged “musical appreciation” meant blissing out to ear-splitting rock ‘n’ roll while sitting between the largest possible speakers, you need to […]
August 17, 2016
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Connecting with your audience. For real.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Howards End, that great E. M. Forster novel from the early 20th century. If you haven’t read it, you […]
November 14, 2014

My new book–public speaking for kids of all ages!

These days, kids are asked to make classroom presentations as early as 3rd or 4th grade—yet their teachers rarely give them any public speaking guidance, much […]
November 12, 2014

In praise of big women

Today’s Western women are culturally trained to think that small is beautiful—Cinderella’s lost slipper was no size 10. Whether it’s buying jeans a couple sizes too […]