November 19, 2017


David recently recorded narration for a client's audio book*. A voice-over project tests one's ability to focus. Any glitch, like slurring a consonant, offbeat pronunciation, dropping an "a", or unclear interpretation can cause the director to call "Cut. Do it again."
November 12, 2017

Came to Play

We're still in the thrall of the recent World Series. After swallowing the hard lump of the Dodgers' loss, we began to admire the scrappy Astros, wondering, "How did they win this thing?" Their success is a lesson for anyone in a competitive environment, especially speakers.
November 5, 2017

Nowhere To Go

When you commit to speak, you step onto the podium, like a pitcher on the mound.
October 29, 2017

The Bush Viper

As a speaking event approaches, many people imagine everything that might derail them, from their PowerPoint failing, and difficult attendees, to not being prepared, or losing their voice.
October 22, 2017

Behind the Mask

Tom Hanks began his writing career with a farewell appreciation letter to his makeup artist. Danny Striepeke had transformed Hanks in his most famous roles, so Hanks wanted to honor and do justice by him.
October 15, 2017

Cell Smackdown

The ubiquity of cell phones is unavoidable. Expecting audiences to give a speaker their full attention, including eye contact, is a thing of the past.
October 1, 2017

Stone of Thrones

One of Croatia’s most popular sites is Dubrovnik. Constructed in the 12th century as a fortress, the remarkable limestone walls lining this city are beautiful as well as protective.
September 24, 2017

Lunch at five

One surprise for us recently in Croatia was the practice of eating lunch at five (o’clock)– which demonstrated how ingrained habits dictate behavior.
September 17, 2017

Off Book

Professional stage actors spend weeks in rehearsal learning their lines, blocking stage movement, and considering the nuances of their characters.
September 10, 2017


In the Eloqui Communication Index, the demeanor type most afflicted by analysis paralysis is what we call the Analyzer. Analyzers are those individuals most excited by data and research.