How to See Your Audience

Episcopal priest Ian Cron proves an important point about people who preach:

Unlike speakers who give one speech, over and over, at locations all over the country, ministers of the gospel have to come up with something new each week.

The ones who do it well remember an important truth: greatness as a speaker doesn’t depend solely on the content you present. It depends, too, on whether we assess, diffuse, involve, and love each audience.

If we’re going to be great speakers, we’ve got to do what Ian does.

Featuring Bill Graybill – Episode 078


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How Communication is Vital in Conflict Resolution

Thanks for tuning in to the Art and Business of Public Speaking Podcast! In episode 078 Ken Davis talks to Bill Graybill of Peace Mentors about the importance of communication within your team.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How communication is essential to keep a team healthy
  • The most common source of conflict that breaks relationships
  • What causes resistance to work towards conflict resolution

Featuring Joshua Straub – Episode 077

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Balancing Your Work, Your Family and Your Soul

Thanks for tuning in to the Art and Business of Public Speaking Podcast! In episode 077 Ken Davis talks to Joshua Straub about how to balance your family life along with your work life.

In this episode you’ll learn about:

  • The importance of inviting your spouse in to what you’re doing
  • Fame, freedom and finances – you cannot have all three at the same time
  • Being aware of who is giving you counsel, do their values align with your values?

Can You Hear Me Now?

I spoke once at a school in New York whose students were so misbehaved that the school hired guards to stand by during convocation programs.

The guards stood around the room, into which about a thousand students filed while I prepared to speak. The event host warned that an astronaut had spoken a couple of weeks earlier, and the students behaved so badly that he couldn’t finish his speech.

“Don’t expect great things here,” the host said.

Look! Listen! Like! The Importance of a Carefully Crafted Vocabulary – Episode 076

Look! Listen! Like! The Importance of a Carefully Crafted Vocabulary

Thanks for tuning in to the Art and Business of Public Speaking Podcast! In episode 076 Ken Davis and Matt Brady talk (read: rant) about why you should choose your words carefully.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • About words in our current culture that are barriers to good communication
  • That the misuse of the word “like” can be a major distraction
  • The cultural norms are not our measure of good communication

Featuring Derrick Tennant – Episode 075

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities and the Power of Generosity

Thanks for tuning in to the Art and Business of Public Speaking Podcast! In episode 075 Derrick Tennant joins Ken Davis to discuss how you can turn obstacles in business and in life, into opportunities.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Derrick overcame major life changing brain trauma
  • That there is always someone who will be worse off than you, and someone better off than you
  • You don’t need money to be generous

Where There is No Vision the People Perish

concertTwice in my career as a communicator, I have thrown a hissy fit in front of a sponsor.

The first time, about a thousand young people had shown up to see me speak on a stage in a gymnasium. Before the show’s start, I stood in front of the stage and asked the sponsor a question: “Where are the lights?”

“These are the lights,” he said.

Watch What You Wear – Episode 074

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Watch What You Wear

Thanks for tuning in to the Art and Business of Public Speaking! In Episode 074 Ken Davis and Matt Brady talk about the importance of your on-stage wardrobe.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • Why wardrobe matters
  • How your wardrobe affects your presentation
  • Always dress a little more formally than your audience

Featuring Elisa Morgan – Episode 073

Crafting Powerful Illustrations and the Principles of Vulnerability in Verbal and Written Communication

Thanks for tuning in to the Art and Business of Public Speaking Podcast! In episode 073 Ken Davis and Elisa Morgan discuss important principles of vulnerability as a speaker and a writer.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • That it is wise to be mindful of how you present your vulnerability
  • Why you should examine your motivation to be vulnerable to your audience
  • The difference between vulnerability in writing and in speaking

3 Lessons for Every Communicator from Dan Miller

Country Side Hay Bale SceneryMy friend Dan Miller grew up working hard on a farm in Ohio. Today, he is an author and a coach and an expert in helping others create careers as communicators. How did get to where he is today? Dan says that while he still lived on that farm he thought to himself:

“There’s got to be something more than milking cows at 5:30 a.m. and throwing hay bales in the heat of summer.”