A Media Interview is a Bad Time for Original Thought

I remember the first time I watched skiers gliding so gracefully and effortlessly down the snowy slopes at Park City, Utah. “How easy that looks,” I thought to myself. “I think I could do that.” No lessons and one broken wrist later I thought differently.

Bubba brings home $65M

Hillary isn’t the only one bringing home the bacon. Since 2001, Bill Clinton has raked in $65 million from speeches, CNN reported yesterday. Based on figures from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s financial disclosure report, the former president raked in $7.5 million from 36 speeches in 2009, up from the $5.7 million he earned for […]

Yale’s Environmental Students Get a Lesson in Public Speaking from a Pro

WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2010) – Twelve graduate students in Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies visited ten of Washington, DC’s top executives and government officials in the field of environmental issues this week. Their goal was simple: To learn more about the real-world skills necessary to be effective environmental leaders.

Can You Deliver Bad News Without Leaving Bad Feelings?

We’ve all heard the cliché, “I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but….” Face it; unless you are some kind of heartless cad, no one enjoys delivering bad news. As we kick off another year filled with headlines about job losses, business closings, cutbacks, and home foreclosures, the grim reality is that more […]

Carmie McCook featured in Smart CEO Magazine

Single Biggest Public Speaking Tip: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE “CEOs often don’t view preparing for a speech as a top priority. So when opportunities come up, they don’t dedicate enough time to customize the content, and certainly not enough time to properly rehearse. When they spend little or no time practicing the delivery, they end up […]

Learning From Those Who Got it Wrong: Know When to Shut Up!

This summer three key political figures committed the same, huge, mistake. The guilty are former Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Governor Mark Sanford (R-SC). The offense? When in the spotlight, they didn’t know when to shut up. So, I’m going to give a quick review of each jabberfest and offer a […]

Anybody Got a Copy of that Oath I Can Borrow?

Rule Number One: Always have notes with you when you’re speaking in public. Rule Number Two: Don’t forget you notes. Well, too late now, Mr. Chief Justice. Like so many rookies at public speaking, you tried to wing it. And you blew it. big deal, right? Wrong. Once you look like you’re clueless at the […]

You’re Never Too Big, or Too Famous, for Media Training

Having a big name just isn’t what it used to be. You know, uh, I guess that, uh, media interviews just aren’t Caroline Kennedy’s thing, you know. Besides taking two minutes and twenty-seven seconds (a millennium in media time) to answer the simple question of why she should be Senator of New York, Caroline Kennedy […]

Sarah Palin’s Media Training

What the governor should do next time she’s in the hot seat. Sarah Palin likes to talk about how she’s not part of the Washington media elite. It shows. In her first interview, with ABC’s Charlie Gibson, she blanked when asked about the Bush doctrine (and her unfamiliarity seemed to be with the phrase itself, not its meaning). […]