Prep Like A Pro

January 27th, 2012Posted by Tony

I recently directed a live, external webcast for New York Life out of its’ Madison Avenue offices. In a de-brief with the executive producer, I was told that his client — a high-profile employee — had said that she was so pleased with the show because I had taken the time to go over her […]

Being Embarrassed May Help Your Presentations

October 4th, 2011Posted by Tony

UC-Berkeley research shows that when you’re embarrassed you appear more trustworthy, according to a story in Discovery News. Remember this the next time you have a “flub” during a speech or presentation. Roger Ailes tells a great story about an overweight man on the old Mike Douglas TV show; the man fell out of his […]

The Rise of Coaching

September 28th, 2011Posted by Tony

In a recent New Yorker article, a highly-successful surgeon, Atul Gawande, writes about his own improvement in the operating room through the help of a coach. He shows evidence that coaching can be beneficial in just about any discipline. If you’re thinking about improving your skills in presentations or interaction with the media, now might […]

Steve Jobs’ Terrific Address at Stanford University

September 26th, 2011Posted by Tony

Through a post on LinkedIn, I recently came across a terrific speech by Steve Jobs; his 2005 commencement address to Stanford University graduates. The reason the speech is so good? He used just three personal stories to relate “lessons learned”. If nothing else, this tactic makes it easier for people to relate to and — […]

The Importance of Story

August 16th, 2011Posted by Tony

Drew Westen recently had a op-ed piece in the NY Times that stresses the importance of telling a story, a narrative that people can easily follow and remember. To me, as a communications facilitator, this is one of the best stories about the Obama Administration. Check it out.

The Forgotten Skill of Listening

August 4th, 2011Posted by Tony

This week on TED talks, Julian Treasure gives an 8-minute presentation about the skill of listening. His claim: We are losing our ability to listen. Is he right? One observation I have is that many interviewers don’t listen to the people they’re interviewing. In their rush to impress the viewing audience (and their producer/boss), interviewers […]

A Natural On-Camera

August 3rd, 2011Posted by Tony

Recently, 16-year old Missy Franklin had a breakout world-class swimming performance that will be talked about for years to come as she won 2 Gold, 1 Silver & 1 Bronze medals at the FINA World Championship games in Shanghai. For anyone interested in communications and the performance of non-professionals on camera, Miss Missy was equally […]