Memory, Lighting, and Public Speaking – Public Words @publicwords

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What are we to make of a recent study that showed some memory loss and impaired learning in lab rats that were kept in low lighting for a month?  When their lights were brightened, they improved.  But the conclusion the researchers came to was that low lighting isn’t good for the brain. Now that’s interesting […] Origen: Memory, Lighting, and Public Speaking – Public Words

What Should a Speaker Wear – 2018 Update – Public Words @publicwords

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It’s time for the 2018 update on what a speaker should wear for an important speech.  And they’re all important, right?  I was inspired to re-visit this topic by a recent study that found that the more clothing you’re wearing, the smarter we’re going to think you are.  And conversely, the less clothing you have […] Origen: What Should a Speaker Wear – 2018 Update – Public Words

Real Storytelling – A Few Secrets – @PublicWords

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Most speakers pay lip service to storytelling, but what they really do is relay pieces of stories, anecdotes, or name-dropping factoids-on-steroids.  My wife and I celebrated New Year’s one year at the Charles Hotel, and as we were checking out, guess who got into the elevator with us?  Matt Damon and his family.  True story.  […] Origen: Real Storytelling – A Few Secrets – Public Words