Archives of Speaking

So you are working from home?

So you are working from home?  Doing some meetings by video conference?  Take some lessons from media training to make your “appearance” on your computer camera a little more professional. Don’t backlight yourself.  Turn off lamps behind you. If you are lucky enough to have a window in your office, face it. Don’t hostage-video yourself.  […]

Texts, Lies and Videotape: Non-profits in a volatile media landscape

At first, Anne and I were stumped. And that doesn’t happen often. While addressing a group of communications experts and executive directors of non-profit organizations at ComNet18 in San Francisco recently, the timely question was raised: how does the divisive tone and negative energy found in so many media interviews now affect a group’s ability […]

Delivering a great presentation

Good presentations don’t just appear out of thin air. They are scripted, choreographed and practiced. Last week I saw a great presentation at the ComNet in California. The team at Adamec communications and FrameWorks reminded me again what makes some talks an absolute pleasure to watch. Here are some things I noticed in their presentation: It was well rehearsed.  […]

We really do have binders full of women

There’s a new list on the block. was just launched to be an easy-to-search database for women who work in tech policy.  Sourcelist grew out of a twitter query a few years ago from Susan Hennessey, who started keeping a list for people who asked her.  Now the list lives under a Brookings banner […]

Repetition Recognition

In his first televised interview for his book A Higher Loyalty – Truth, Lies and Leadership, former FBI Director James Comey used strong, proven methods on how to own your message — ones that any public speaker could mimic. In Comey’s prime-time interview with George Stephanopoulos on April 15, Comey called President Donald Trump a “person […]