4 Ways to Build a Strong Connection with Your Audience

The key to delivering a successful speech is showing your audience members that you care about them. You don’t want listeners to view you as a salesperson pitching a product. You want them to see you as a leader who has their best interests at heart. The good news is that you don’t need to be a mind reader to build a strong connection with listeners. Instead, you can focus on knowing your audience, using inclusive pronouns, referencing the present and highlighting the benefits of your idea. To learn more about these techniques, read my new article, “It’s All about the...

New Book on the Art of Delivering Effective Presentations

My latest book, On the Path to Success: Readings and Resources, is now available on Amazon. This edited collection features thought-provoking articles on the art and practice of public speaking. The collection challenges students to think about their own public speaking behaviors, and identify concrete strategies to become more effective public speakers. It takes students on a guided journey through the approaches and techniques that they can use to create strong impressions, sell their perspectives, and inspire their audiences to...