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July 2013

Howard Rheingold takes the stage with only minutes to spare


June 2013

Punctuate the spoken word by pausing

Speak and write in the collective “we”

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

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