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June 2013

Exercising the muscles that build sentences

June 15, 2013 | Writing

May 2013

Stress your key points with “strategic silence”

May 29, 2013 |

Using similes and metaphors to invigorate our language


April 2013

The oxygen-rich public speaker


March 2013

The power of storytelling in first-person narrative

The madman, architect, carpenter, judge method of writing

March 17, 2013 | Writing

February 2013

Esther Perel shows public speakers how to arouse an audience

February 23, 2013 | Presentations, Verbal communication

A writing lesson from George Saunders

February 17, 2013 | Blogging, Writing

January 2013

Writers, take George Carlin’s advice: Kill the euphemisms

January 27, 2013 |

December 2012

Why the best public speaking is like playing jazz

December 22, 2012 | Presentations, Verbal communication

November 2012

Get me rewrite for this corporate blather

November 29, 2012 | Blogging, Writing

Crank the sound system when speaking in public

November 19, 2012 | Presentations, Verbal communication

October 2012

Get me rewrite for this Wiley Foundation news release

October 31, 2012 |

The forgotten power of Malcolm X and his spoken words

October 21, 2012 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Get me rewrite for this Contemporary Research web copy

October 02, 2012 | Writing

September 2012

5 unfair advantages Joel Osteen has over other public speakers

September 27, 2012 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Get me rewrite for this OSI Systems’ press release

September 24, 2012 | Writing

A public speaking lesson from President Clinton

September 16, 2012 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Get me rewrite for this Compugen press release

September 03, 2012 | Writing

August 2012

When the spirit moves a public speaker

August 25, 2012 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Get me rewrite for the Basis Technology home page

August 15, 2012 | Writing

July 2012

Preparing for the podium with Coach Krzyzewski

Sin and syntax, and how to craft wickedly effective sentences

July 16, 2012 | Writing

How lazy presenters torment their audiences


June 2012

Interviewing tips from a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner

Q&A disaster story ends a public speaking career

Business writing lessons from ‘junk mail’

June 11, 2012 | Writing

May 2012

A presentation training session strip-tease

The feds try to regulate bad writing out of its documents

May 08, 2012 | Writing

Why all writing should be conversational – at least to start

May 02, 2012 | Blogging, Writing

April 2012

Imagine giving a presentation without using PowerPoint

April 23, 2012 | Presentations

How to tell a story in three simple acts

April 18, 2012 | Blogging, Presentations, Writing

The billboard approach to PowerPoint slide design

April 11, 2012 | Marketing, Presentations

Interview with an interviewer, part 5

April 04, 2012 | Interviewing, Writing | (0) Comments

March 2012

Use the Rule of Three when giving examples

Lessons for public speakers from ‘The Iron Lady’

The false starts that doom our sentences

March 08, 2012 | Writing

Don’t let audience laughter go to your head


February 2012

Who is your website talking to?

February 20, 2012 | Marketing, Websites, Writing

How moneyman Joe Duran is talking his way to another big score

February 15, 2012 | Interviewing, Verbal communication

Presenters, focus on your audience, not your anxiety

February 09, 2012 | Presentations, Verbal communication

To write a general or microcosm profile, that is the question

February 01, 2012 | Interviewing, Writing | (0) Comments

January 2012

The 3 keys to writing 3-dimensional profiles

January 27, 2012 | Blogging, Interviewing, Writing | (0) Comments

5 actions that give you commanding stage presence

January 24, 2012 | Presentations, Verbal communication

Presenting with assertion rather than explanation

January 22, 2012 |

The sentence’s two positions of power

January 18, 2012 | Writing

10 simple structures for your presentation

Six unforgettable words from Ernest Hemingway

January 13, 2012 | Writing

The importance of using a simple presentation structure

Stephen King and getting reckless with the written word

January 05, 2012 | Writing

December 2011

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: 10 worst talkers of 2011

December 27, 2011 | Presentations, Verbal communication | (0) Comments

Why Obama is an overrated presenter and underrated debater

December 21, 2011 |

In Memoriam: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011

December 16, 2011 | Writing

5 reasons why business writing is so boring

December 15, 2011 | Marketing, Blogging, Websites, Writing

Building a multimillion-dollar business on YouTube

December 09, 2011 | Marketing, Social Media, Video, Web 2.0 | (0) Comments

7 persuasion techniques that have stood the test of time


November 2011

How lack of presentation skills destroyed Rick Perry’s ambition

November 21, 2011 | Presentations, Verbal communication

How people are watching online video

November 15, 2011 | Video, Web 2.0 | (0) Comments

Interview with an interviewer, part 4

November 01, 2011 | Interviewing, Podcasting | (0) Comments

October 2011

Don Hewitt and the power of people-focused business writing

October 25, 2011 | Marketing, Writing

3 reasons why storytelling is the world’s most powerful force

October 19, 2011 |

In Memoriam: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

October 10, 2011 |

September 2011

7 things that make us authentic – or inauthentic – while presenting

10 ways to boost your business with a self-published book

September 13, 2011 | Marketing, Writing | (0) Comments

The 10/20/30 rule of presentations


August 2011

The writer’s life raft – the SVO sentence structure

August 31, 2011 | Blogging, Writing

3 essential steps for creating your PowerPoint presentation

The cumulative impact of writing in active voice

August 02, 2011 | Blogging, Writing

July 2011

Record this image: 700 million Chinese watching your video

July 29, 2011 | Marketing, Social Media, Video, Web 2.0 | (0) Comments

A rock star’s lesson about taking the stage by storm

July 25, 2011 |

Embrace asymmetry for slide design

July 18, 2011 | Presentations

The 2 big impediments to authentic public speaking

July 06, 2011 |

Blogging into the Black Hole of Cyberspace

July 01, 2011 | Blogging, Writing

June 2011

Authentic presenting from Jack Canfield to Sir Ken Robinson

The $4 billion insurance industry advertising brawl

June 20, 2011 | Marketing | (0) Comments

How Gay Talese misplaced Frank Sinatra’s cold

June 16, 2011 | Writing

Hold the presses! Corporate content catches fire – especially in print

Getting visual with your PowerPoint slides

June 09, 2011 | Marketing, Presentations

The Global Brand Simplicity Index 2010

June 06, 2011 | Marketing | (0) Comments

Body language from Ronald Reagan to Dr. Love


May 2011

7 steps to decoding your audience

Long sentences revisited

May 25, 2011 | Writing

Adding the ‘touch factor’ to your PowerPoint presentation

May 19, 2011 | Marketing, Presentations

Business schools drill students on communication skills

Interview with an interviewer, part 3

Donald Trump and Mahatma Gandhi as models of persuasion

May 02, 2011 |

April 2011

Code Red when hiring a writing coach

April 25, 2011 | Blogging, Writing

5 ways to take the anxiety out of public speaking

Simplicity and the Wisdom of CEOs

Words that work in business and politics

5 ways non-profits are using social media

April 10, 2011 | Marketing, Social Media, Video, Web 2.0 | (0) Comments

Making a presentation to get the job

Why the President’s Libya speech bombed


March 2011

The case for long sentences (and how to make them readable)

March 28, 2011 | Blogging, Writing

The 5 stages of speaker development

Myths about short and long sentences

March 13, 2011 | Blogging, Writing

There is fear of public speaking, and then there is PowerPoint

7 ideas to create an endless stream of podcast content

March 01, 2011 | Podcasting, Social Media, Video, Web 2.0

February 2011

The rhythm and blues of writing that sings

February 23, 2011 | Blogging, Writing

Mastering the ‘elevator pitch’ in 8 steps

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