Charisma Revealed Through its Effects – @PublicWords

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I’ve blogged a number of times about charisma, how it’s not something you’re born with, but rather a learned skill.  And further, that it’s something we all possess naturally as children – that total absorption in an emotion that we then radiate physically with our entire beings.  Charisma is focus, I’ve found, and we can […] Origen: Charisma Revealed Through its Effects – Public Words

More Public Speaking Fear – and What to Do About It – @PublicWords

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I’ve been remiss as a blogger not to have talked about one of my favorite fellow toilers in the craft of blogging, writing, and indeed, speechwriting:  David Murray.  David’s writing has a toughness, clarity, and sinewy strength that sets it apart from the rest.  It has a strong POV, and anyone who has worked on […] Origen: More Public Speaking Fear – and What to Do About It – Public Words

The Grateful Speaker – Public Words vía @publicwords

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Public speaking is a privilege.  Especially if you’re lucky enough to be able to pursue it as a full-time occupation, or a significant part of your business, and get paid for it.  The audience offers you the gift of their time – sometimes tempered with a sneak peek at a mobile phone, sure, but still […] Origen: The Grateful Speaker – Public Words

Why You Should Care About Your Face – @PublicWords

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Human interaction begins with the face – in the cradle.  It’s the aspect of our fellow human beings we study the most because it’s where we get the most important emotional cues and signals about what the other person is intending. As infants, we start studying our mamas’ and papas’ faces for cues about life, […] Origen: Why You Should Care About Your Face – Public Words

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

Seven Lazy Hacks to Improve Your Public Speaking – @PublicWords

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Who among us isn’t always trying to improve our public speaking?  And who among us wouldn’t secretly love to learn that there are some easy tricks that will increase your ratings by audiences everywhere – tricks that require virtually no effort on your part? OK, I’m not calling you lazy, but I am offering these […] Origen: Seven Lazy Hacks to Improve Your Public Speaking – Public Words

How to Move in front of an Audience, Part 2 – @PublicWords

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The second of two articles on moving in front of an audience. In the first part, last time, I covered the theory of moving in front of an audience.  What about the logistics?  What if I’m speaking in a ballroom with all those round tables and people facing every which way – how do I […] Origen: How to Move in front of an Audience, Part 2 – Public Words

Trends in Public Speaking in 2017 – @publicwords

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I’ve been chatting recently with speakers, clients, managers, speaker bureau people, meeting planners – the whole universe of people who are involved in public speaking and conferences.  It seemed time to update the trends I’m seeing in the professional speaking world.  Please note this is an unscientific survey, based on anecdotal evidence.  But also some […] Origen: Trends in Public Speaking in 2017 – Public Words