Audience

Using the Benjamin Franklin Effect to Connect with Your Audience

Speakers are constantly looking for new ways to connect with their audiences and create positive ethos. Here's a theo...

The Public Speaking System, Part 2: People

We are continuing to explore the incredible workings of the public speaking system. In this post, we look at the spea...

The Public Speaking System, Part 1: Context

The public speaking system is made up of 6 parts that all work together. Let's talk about the context which involves ...

How to Become a Better Listener: Part 2

You are seated in the audience at a conference. The speaker is engaging. The topic highly interests you, and yet, you...

How to Become a Better Listener: Part 1

I teach communication at private university in Nashville, TN. My students just finished their final exams for the sem...

How Fiction Affects Your Brain

Consider this your permission to get serious about reading fiction. If you are a bookworm like me, you no longer need...

How To Use Mirroring to Connect with Others

Mirroring. It’s the way humans either inadvertently or intentionally copy the communication patterns of the people th...

4 Ways to Reduce the Burden on Your Audience

Giving a presentation is hard work. You gather information about the event. You research your topic. You write and re...

Receiving Feedback

Feedback is part of the communication process. Whenever you present, you will receive feedback from your audience. It...

Knowing the Needs of Your Audience

It’s presentation day. You’ve spent weeks researching and writing. You’ve logged nearly countless hours revising and ...

Ethos: Shaping Your Image When You Aren’t Presenting

I’m in the first semester of my doctoral program. There are 6 of us from all over the country who attend class virtua...

4 Tips For Handling Q & A

For many speakers, the question and answer session that follows the presentation is an afterthought, but it shouldn’t...
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