Two Stories Professional Speakers Never Telltwo stories to never tell (11/14/2023) Here are two great stories to NEVER tell: One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking things up and gently throwing them into the ocean. “Hey kid, what are you doing?” “Throwing starfish READ MORE→
Stage Fright: Turn Nervous into Service (10/31/2023) Advice on how to deal with stage fright ranges from absurd (don’t picture the audience naked unless you’re speaking at a super-model convention—and that could be distracting) to just plain useless. The popular assumption is that people are naturally fearful READ MORE→
Jazz and Musical Storytellingmusical storytelling (10/16/2023) What is musical storytelling? Many of our favorite storytellers rely on music to help them deliver their messages with impact. Depending on what’s happening in the story, they use specific techniques and strategies. For example, when there’s a dream sequence, READ MORE→
The Three Circles of Storytelling (10/3/2023) A story’s success relies on three perspectives—three lenses through which its component parts must be viewed: What to Say: Choose the right words How to Say it: What media and skills will you use to deliver your message? Why They’ll READ MORE→
Find the Music in Your Words (9/19/2023) Find the music in your words! A speechwriting colleague told me she always guaranteed her clients that her work would be well received by the audience. “That’s a big risk,” I said. “No matter how good your writing is, you READ MORE→
Why AI-Generated Marketing Copy Misses the Mark (8/8/2023) Is AI-Generated Marketing Copy the powerful shortcut we’ve been told it is? The explosive growth of online content has done little for the evolution of graphic design or copywriting. Publishing has never been so easy, and the demands of producing READ MORE→
Never Play the Victim Card (7/25/2023) Keep your poor me stories off the stage. My friend Tony showed me a video of a speaker who told the story of her escape from alcohol and depression and her long, hard road to personal and professional success. “It’s READ MORE→
An Interview with Voice Artist Humphrey Bower (7/11/2023) Find Your Voice … And Someone Else’s! Do you enjoy a good audiobook as much as I do? Australian actor Humphrey Bower voices hundreds of characters—men and women with accents from around the world. I’ve listened to over 350 hours READ MORE→
Jazz and the Dangerous Magic of Creative Flow (6/13/2023) Perhaps you’ve experienced flow writing. You sit down, watch your fingers tap away at the keyboard, and wonder, Where did that come from? Did I write that? That’s really good!  Sometimes the experience of flow can be as simple and READ MORE→
How Good is AI at Writing Stories? (5/30/2023)   AI Storytelling – Is it any good? I entered a simple prompt into ChatGPT. Yes, I could have been more specific about what I wanted—better prompts make for better output from the AI—but my intention was to analyze the READ MORE→