Sep 02, 2016
At Quantified Communications, we can’t emphasize practice enough — no matter how big or small the presentation. Last month, we stepped back from public speaking and went in search of a broader perspective. We wanted to find out how top players in other performance-driven fields approach practice, so we reached out to a pro baseball player, a famous country musician, a TED speaker, and a presidential advisor.
Aug 19, 2016
How Much Should You Really Practice? Preparation Habits of Highly Successful Musicians, Athletes, & Speakers
You’ve probably heard the joke: A guy’s lost in New York and he stops an old musician on the street to ask him how to get to Carnegie Hall. Hardly looking up, the musician replies, “Practice.”
Jul 29, 2016
It’s been a big month in politics, with back-to-back Republican and Democratic national conventions making both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton the official nominees for their respective parties.
We have been tracking the primary candidates’ communication styles throughout the election as Clinton has attempted to solidify her story and Trump has overturned every expectation for political speech, and we were eager to find out how these months of buildup would come to a head at the conventions.
Jul 14, 2016
Think back to our most recent presidents. What do you recall about their campaigns? How did they win our nation’s votes? Was it their policies? Their parties? Their commercials?
According to Mark McKinnon, chief strategy and media advisor to a former US president, and producer of the Showtime hit “The Circus,” it was their stories.
May 27, 2016
Last commencement season, Business Insider posted a list of the 13 best graduation speeches of all time. While there will always be room for debate on that topic, we felt the list offered a strong collection of truly inspiring speeches — free of the clichés and platitudes we hear so often this time of year.
We wondered how top-rated commencement speeches compare to the typical executive keynote. What can a CEO take from these speeches into leadership communication scenarios?
May 17, 2016
At Quantified Communications, we urge clients to focus on clarity in all their executive communications, and annual shareholder letters — notoriously dense documents — are at the top of the list. No matter how crisp the numbers, no matter how good the news, your letter is far less effective if it's unclear to the investors who read it.
Apr 26, 2016
Apr 25, 2016
As so many of us do, David Nihill used to have serious stage fright — the sweats, the shakes… we’re all familiar with the side effects of public speaking anxiety. But Nihill knew it was time to overcome that fear. Inspired by Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule, he considered who spends the most time on stage, in the most challenging conditions: standup comedians. So Nihill made a bold choice: he spent a full year performing standup comedy in order to overcome stage fright.
Apr 12, 2016
To help our clients make sure they’re delivering best-in-class financial communications, we use our proprietary language analytics platform to measure every S&P500 earnings call, every quarter. This comprehensive benchmark allows us to show clients how their calls compare to individual competitors, industry peers, and the broader corporate sphere.
Apr 04, 2016
While traditional public speaking coaches and content advisors are certainly valuable, we find the data-driven approach to presentation assessment is even more effective in helping our clients become better communicators.