Funny Business: Is Everybody Doing it?

Modern day speakers are expected to be entertainers. Every one of the current top ten most viewed TED talks moves the humor needle, and many of them considerably.

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As business, entertainment, and comedy become ever more intertwined, savvy startups, leading ad agencies, and Fortune 500 firms alike are turning to humor as the ultimate tool for being memorable amidst the ringtones and vibrations of modern life. It appears top business speakers are no different. If we apply a laughs per minute scoring system […]

How Long Should your Talk be?

There is a saying in standup comedy that "a tight five is better than a sloppy fifteen." Yet business presentations worldwide fail to abide by the same principle. Instead, there tends to be a lot of sloppy fifteens. Why?

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(Originally Published in Inc) For most business speakers the necessary stage time, structure, and conscious editing in order to make maximum impact just aren’t there–most people don’t have to speak often enough to get it. Conversely, the speakers who deliver their talk most, tend to be the best and most polished. They know where the […]

The Public Speaking Secrets of Comedians: A Q&A with Nick Morgan via Forbes

Nick Morgan is one of America's top communication theorists and coaches. The following is a Q and A I had the pleasure of conducting with him last week, that was subsequently published in Forbes.

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Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. The following is a Q and A I had the pleasure of conducting with him last week, that was subsequently published in Forbes. Nick Morgan: I ran across David Nihill the other day when he sent me his book and begged me with […]

It’s Always 3

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“Why is it always three with you Irish?” my English friend Dave said (most days). Three makes a word sound the Irish accent battles to get its tonsils around and in doing so often gets a comment or a confused look. (If you want to hear an Irish accent in full effect ask an Irish […]