How to speak with more confidence and less fear (review)

This review first ran in the June 15th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Your Guide to Public Speaking: Build Your Confidence, Find Your Voice and Inspire Your Audience By Amanda Hennessey Adams Media $21.99 You have five minutes to prepare an impromptu talk on a topic you’ve just been assigned. You’ll then give your talk without notes,Continue reading “How to speak with more confidence and less fear (review)”

Five ways to tell better stories that win hearts, change minds & get results

This review first ran in the April 14th edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Unleash the Power of Storytelling: Win Hearts, Change Minds, Get Results By Rob Biesenbach Eastlawn Media $22.75 A father and son are on vacation. They’re walking on the beach when they find hundreds of stranded starfish baking in the sun. The boyContinue reading “Five ways to tell better stories that win hearts, change minds & get results”

Review: Steal the Show From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches by Michael Port

This review first ran in the Feb. 1 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Steal the Show: How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation For All The Performances in Your Life By Michael Port Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $38 Here are 11 surefire ways to lose your audience and blow your next presentation. With a grimace and inContinue reading “Review: Steal the Show From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches by Michael Port”

Review: Communicate to Influence – How to Inspire Your Audience to Action by Ben and Kelly Decker

This review first ran in the Aug. 31 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Communicate to Influence: How to Inspire Your Audience to Action By Ben Decker and Kelly Decker McGraw Hill $31.95 Inform, entertain, direct or inspire. These are your options every time you stand and deliver. Choose wisely. Too many of us aim noContinue reading “Review: Communicate to Influence – How to Inspire Your Audience to Action by Ben and Kelly Decker”

Review: Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED – The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

This review first ran in the Sept. 29 edition of The Hamilton Spectator. Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds By Carmine Gallo St. Martin’s Press $28.99 When giving a presentation or a speech, what you leave out is as important as what you keep in. Resist the urge toContinue reading “Review: Carmine Gallo’s Talk Like TED – The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds”

Book review: How Leaders Speak: Essential Rules for Engaging and Inspiring Others

How Leaders Speak: Essential Rules for Engaging and Inspiring Others By Jim Gray Dundurn Press $19.99 In this age of rapidly shrinking attention spans and constant distractions, how do you get an audience to sit through your speech and pay attention from start to finish? Do you treat them like children and tell them toContinue reading “Book review: How Leaders Speak: Essential Rules for Engaging and Inspiring Others”