Sep 06, 2012
As the presidential campaigns kick into high gear, we analyzed the highly-researched and meticulously produced Mitt Romney campaign events to see what lessons we can bring to our partners.
Aug 29, 2012
We often get asked "How do I develop my executive presence?"
We turned to our database and analyzed what leadership communication characteristics create the most impact for executive presenters, and what we found, overwhelmingly, is that the most important characteristic of executive presence is self-confidence.
Looking into the data, self-confidence is driven by the following three key categories:
Aug 10, 2012
It is well known that non-human animals respond to information encoded in vocal pitch, and the same can be said of humans. We may not realize it, but human voice pitch affects how speakers are perceived. As such, does voice pitch affect how we perceive and select our leaders?
Jul 20, 2012
A question we often get is "How do I demonstrate confidence and power in a professional presentation through my body language?" For beginners, this comes with presence, poise, and proper proxemics. For advanced and professional speakers, our tested audiences love the steeple hand gesture.
As demonstrated in four different varieties below, the steeple gesture is shown by placing your hands together as if you are praying and can be modified by separating the palms but keeping the fingers in tact.
Jul 18, 2012
Take a look at this video from Mike White, CEO of DirectTV video message to customers about the Viacom battle.
May 21, 2012
Quantified Communications' New Scientific Analysis of Top Financial Communicators Pinpoints How Speakers Build Trust, Influence Audiences
It’s Not So Much What They Say As How They Say It
CHICAGO, May 21, 2012 –
What makes a good communicator? Whose presentations do we trust? We know that an effective speaker can influence and impress an audience, but what makes them effective? Quantified Communications, a new communications analytics company,has created the first objective rating system to evaluate the communication skills of financial spokespeople, and the results challenge conventional wisdom. Combining a methodology developed at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with newly developed video-analysis technologies and expert feedback from world-class communications coaches and high-net worth investors,Quantified Communications analyzed media appearances by 120 top financial communicators.
May 13, 2012
Fast Company got it wrong - storytelling WITH DATA is the ultimate communications weapon. Nevertheless, their analysis and the book summary is relevant and interesting.
"Why Storytelling Is the Ultimate Weapon"
In business, storytelling is all the rage. Without a compelling story, we are told, our product, idea, or personal brand, is dead on arrival. In his book, Tell to Win, Peter Guber joins writers like Annette Simmons and Stephen Denning in evangelizing for the power of story in human affairs generally, and business in particular. Guber argues that humans simply aren’t moved to action by “data dumps,” dense PowerPoint slides, or spreadsheets packed with figures. People are moved by emotion. The best way to emotionally connect other people to our agenda begins with “Once upon a time…”
Apr 18, 2012
On any given day we're lied to from 10 to 200 times, and the clues to detect those lie can be subtle and counter-intuitive. Pamela Meyer, author of Liespotting, shows the manners and "hotspots" used by those trained to recognize deception -- and she argues honesty is a value worth preserving.
Apr 02, 2012
Speech recognition is finally catching up to where everyone expected it to be. Nuance Communications (Siri and Dragon Dictation) is leading the charge. Definitely has implications for the future of video and voice analytics.
Feb 28, 2012
Amazing video from Microsoft research, demonstrating the potential future of video-based communications, using holographics and rendering graphics. Shows how video communications could quickly become the preferred medium, even over in-person.