Browsing All Posts published on »September, 2009«

The Technology of Basics

September 29, 2009


Okay, so now when we board a plane, it’s pretty much no food, no movies, no free tickets for frequent fliers, no free aisle seats, no paper tickets and no free baggage checks. But you might be able to connect to the Internet, watch cable TV, play trivia games against someone sitting in 27C, or […]

What the heck do I do with my hands?

September 24, 2009


If you’re presenting from a lectern, don’t grasp the sides of the lectern like a drowning sailor clinging to a piece of driftwood.  Your white knuckles will show and you’ll only become more tense.  Instead, rest one hand atop your notes (if any) or in the center of the lectern top and use your other […]

“Well, nobody’s perfect.”

September 23, 2009


Now that rerun season is over, I can relax in front of my HDTV and enjoy the newest work of the great writers for Madmen or Big Bang Theory.   TV is a strange universe where, for months on end during the summer, we’ll tolerate recycled shows that we’ve already watched three or four times.  I […]

Gestures speak louder than words

September 22, 2009


Studies at the University of California examined the impact on an audience of the words a presenter speaks, his or her tone of voice, and body language.  Surprisingly, it turns out that your words–the message you want to convey–amount to only 7% of the impact you make.  Tone of voice accounts for 38% and body […]

Five communication tips I learned from my cat

September 21, 2009


While it’s generally impossible to understand why a cat decides in mid nap that it suddenly needs to dart to the laundry room, I have learned a few lessons that actually make some sense out of my bully of a panther’s puzzling shenanigans: Usually, you can’t get inside the mirror to figure out what the […]

Connect with a clip-on mike

September 18, 2009


Connecting with your audience members by approaching and turning toward them is crucial to a presentation’s success.  Standing behind a lectern and pontificating is not “connecting.”  You need to reach out to and gain eye contact with individuals and individual segments of your audience if you expect chemistry to brew and credibility to grow. Therefore, when […]

Resolutions for a new year

September 18, 2009


On the Jewish calendar, this evening begins a new year—5770. So, although resolutions are not really part of the Rosh Hashanah tradition, at this time in our political, social and communications history, a few pledges, like the following, may be in order: We will allow winners to hold on to their microphones without jumping on […]