Category Archives: Preparation

Where the streets have no name

For years, the phrase “where the streets have no name” has always brought to mind one of my favourite songs by the rock band U2. After today, however, it will remind me of something else as well. While listening to a discussion … Continue reading

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An important lesson from an unbelievable baseball game

As I begin this post, my body is in Geneva, Switzerland. My mind is in Warsaw, Poland as I am about to board a flight to speak at an event there. But my heart is in Toronto, Canada. I returned … Continue reading

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Fascinating Video: Bill Clinton Preparing for a 1993 Address to the Nation

A rare behind-the-scenes video just minutes before a presidential address to the nation. Continue reading

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Two lessons from a missed flight

I am writing this post on the last day of a great trip to Singapore and Thailand. My wife and I came here to visit our oldest daughter who is working at the National University of Singapore (NUS) for the summer. It has been … Continue reading

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The airport approach to public speaking

I am sitting in the Geneva airport as I write this post. I am on my way to Barcelona for a great week of teaching and learning with my good friends and fellow public speakers, Conor Neill, Florian Mueck, Tobias Rodrigues … Continue reading

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Design your presentation like Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was not just a master of art; he was a master of human nature. Of all the things that we can learn from him, one of the most important is the power of simplicity.  “Art,” said Picasso, “is … Continue reading

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A Lesson from Germany’s World Cup Victory

An important lesson from the World Cup. Continue reading

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A Lesson from Andre Agassi

I recently finished Open, Andre Agassi’s autobiography. It is a terrific book and is one of the best autobiographies that I have ever read. I highly recommend it. The title of the book could not be more appropriate, both for … Continue reading

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A Groundhog Day Public Speaking Lesson

Happy Groundhog Day! For those of you unfamiliar with the occasion, it is a quirky little celebration observed in Canada and the United States on the 2nd of February. According to legend, if the groundhog (see picture) wakes up and … Continue reading

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Five Lessons from Michael Bay’s “Meltdown”

Michael Bay is an American film producer and director. He is best known for big budget action-packed, blow-’em-up movies like Armageddon, The Rock, Pearl Harbor and Transformers. A couple of days ago, Bay spoke—briefly—at the International Consumer Electronics Show in … Continue reading

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