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...

Let Pros Write Comedy for You

Even if your topic is serious and not particularly fertile for comedy, it’s always a good strategy to relax the audience with a light comment in your opening remarks.  The very best kind of icebreaker, of course, is a quip that’s crafted specifically your...

How to Beat Stage Fright

I’m convinced that you CAN beat this awful beast using the 30 simple, practical, effective techniques I’ve researched. These include over-preparation so you can perform automatically because you’re so well-rehearsed; practicing in front of one or...