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I’m a long-time fan of Toastmasters and the work it does worldwide to promote public speaking and leadership.  And it’s been a while since I talked about the group.  A recent announcement caught my eye – Toastmasters was launching something called Pathways.  I had to know – what was it?  How was Toastmasters changing?  And […]

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Public Words by Nick Morgan - 2d ago

The fear of public speaking is real and lodges somewhere on a scale of annoying-to-debilitating for most people.  I’ve posted many times on various ways to help with those jitters.  The best way is rehearsal, because if you’re confident and you’ve practiced many times, then whatever level of fear you have will be more manageable.  […]

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By now, if you’ve wasted even a small amount of time on the Internet when you should be doing more serious things, you’ve probably seen images or video of those giant flocks of birds changing direction almost as one.  And scientists have figured out that it’s even more amazing than it looks, because there’s no […]

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Last time I talked about the differences between explicit and implicit feedback, how implicit feedback is missing from the virtual world, and the resulting difficulties with feedback online. Lacking the unconscious stream of emotional information that we receive automatically from other people face-to-face, online communication and feedback are much less robust, much less compelling, and […]

The post The Problem with Online Feedback, Part 2 appeared first on Public Words.

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In an earlier blog post I talked about the difference between implicit and explicit feedback.  Implicit feedback is what you convey with your body language when you deliver a tough critique, for example, but soften it with a smile.  Explicit feedback is that tough critique – it’s what you say. Explicit feedback relies on implicit […]

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It’s no secret that public speaking is stressful for most people.  Helping people cope with that stress is something I spend a good deal of my professional life working on, through blog posts, books, speaking, and one-on-one coaching. In Power Cues, I talk about the importance of self-talk, self-training, visualization, and other such forms of […]

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Last week, I updated a post from 2011 that has been perennially popular, on giving an in-person introduction for a speaker.  But today, your introduction of someone else may just as likely be online, for a webinar or a video conference or something similar.  Does the virtual medium affect the rules of introducing someone?  How […]

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We were reviewing the stats on this blog recently, and one of the surprising numbers is that the blog post that consistently gets the most views is one I did over a half-dozen years ago on how to introduce a speaker.  I suppose that’s where most people start their speaking careers – introducing someone else […]

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Speakers, like executives, salespeople, managers, trainers, consultants, advisors, engineers – the whole information society, in fact – are terribly afraid of losing the attention that audiences seem to be increasingly unwilling to give them these days, and certainly not for long.  Whether large or small, audiences are now objects of great fear for anyone who […]

The post How to Connect with an Audience Fast appeared first on Public Words.

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You look at your opposite number on the negotiation team.  He’s sitting across the big wooden conference room table from you, and you’re waiting for him to say something.  Over the past four weeks, as the complicated negotiations have gone on, you’ve gotten to know him well.  You know his ‘tells’, his nearly invisible body […]

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