Why a 7-Minute Speech Catapulted Mario Cuomo into Lasting Fame

With the death of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo last week, the nation lost a liberal champion whose keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1984 electrified the country and catapulted him into everlasting fame. Many felt the speech stole the thunder of Walter Mondale, the Democratic Presidential nominee.

We can learn valuable lessons in how to capture an audience in this video of that landmark speech.

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Your Favorite Blog Posts From The Newman Group

lynda_carter_as_wonder_womanNext week we’ll enter our fourth year of blogging about topics designed to help you to become a more confident and polished speaker in presentations and media interviews. Guest authors also added their valuable perspectives.

You’ve helped guide us to the topics of most interest by your comments and the traffic each post generated. We’ll take this into account in planning our topics for 2015.

Drum Roll for the Top Three

Our tabulation revealed the top post by traffic: What is the Role of the Moderator in a Panel Discussion? …Read more…

Why Memorizing is a Dirty Word

Unless you’re a professional actor who is paid to learn his lines, identitydon’t try to memorize your presentations. Why put more pressure on yourself when you’re already anxious in front of an audience?

Memorizing is a no-win strategy. Instead of engaging with the audience when it’s time to speak, you’re inside your own head trying to remember your lines. It will be panic time if you forget your opener and scramble to fill the void.

Your audience will sense your discomfort and they will become uncomfortable, too. You certainly won’t gain the audiences’s confidence if you’re struggling for something to say while fidgeting and …Read more…

What is That Elusive Something Known as “Executive Presence?”

Executive presence requires gravitas, appearance and communications

Executive Presence?

As former United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said when he couldn’t find words to describe obscenity in a film, “I know it when I see it.”

That’s how you feel when you’re in the presence of someone with “executive presence.” You can’t describe it; you just know it when you see it.

What is Executive Presence?

Author Sylvia Ann Hewlett in her new book Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success has “cracked the code,” as she calls it. …Read more…