Keep Your Audience Transfixed

Even the most patient and considerate audiences find it very difficult to stay focused on one person talking for an hour, especially if the speaker isn’t particularly dynamic and stays firmly planted behind a lectern. I’m an animated comedian with a message, so it’s a...

Videotaping Yourself: 3 Great Benefits

First of all, don’t listen to the so-called experts who advise you not to watch yourself “if it makes you anxious or nervous.” Baloney. Even after speaking as a pro for years, I’m always amazed at how much I learn by watching videotape of myself. In fact, videotaping...

How to Memorize ANYTHING

  The harsh fact is that if you’re going to be a FANTASTIC speaker or a PROFESSIONAL speaker, you MUST memorize your speech, period.  For some people, learning that much material looks daunting if not impossible.  Some think they can memorize a passage by reading...

Stories vs. Statistics

  Although there are as many styles and techniques as there are topics and speakers, there is one truth that I think is universal and pretty much undeniable: STORIES BEAT STATISTICS EVERY TIME. “Once upon a time…” has worked for 10,000 years...