Whether you’re presenting to a client, leading a team meeting, or just participating in a conference call, your ability to influence others begins and ends with how well you communicate.
Whenever I need market-ready advice on presentation or communication skills, I always start with Nick Morgan.
In case you don’t know him, Nick Morgan is a top communication theorist and coach. In addition to his books, Morgan has written hundreds of articles for local and national publications. He served as the editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter and he’s a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Morgan publishes a high-value blog at PublicWords.com that can accelerate the development of anyone’s presentation skills.
For example, he recently launched a series of podcasts on his blog summarizing the concepts from his books, Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma, and Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action. So far in the series, Morgan has done a great job reinforcing the basics, but he always takes things a step further.
If you only have time to listen to one post in his series, make it 10 Quick Tips to Make Your Next Presentation Wildly Successful. You’ll get a great sense of Morgan’s strategies and approach to communication.
Morgan offers lots of advice and it works. If you haven’t seen his blog at PublicWords.com, don’t wait until the night before your next speech to check it out. And you might be interested in my most recent interview with Morgan, a podcast on Seven Steps to a Great Speech.