The starfish story
For some strange reason I keep coming across references to this story all over the place. I’d never heard the story but apparently, it is so overused it is now a cliché. So having familiarised myself with the story just now, I immediately noticed a flaw in it (damn these critical thinking skills!). The story is about a bloke who…Read more »
The boiled frog fallacy
A popular story in motivational talks goes something like this; if a frog is put into a pan of boiling water it will leap out of the pan immediately but if the frog is put into a pan of tepid water and the pan is then heated, the frog will stay in the pan until it is boiled to death….Read more »
How to feed your audience
Often a keynote speech has to be adapted for different audiences and for different time constraints. If the presentation requires shortening, the temptation is to simply include the most sexy bits of your speech to keep it as punchy as possible. This can sometimes work against you. The best way to look at preparing a speech is to imagine you…Read more »
How can we measure ideas?
“We owe almost all of our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed.” Charles Caleb Colton At a recent speaking engagement, I noticed the evaluation forms neatly distributed around the seats of the room. The audience were to measure my presentation. My immediate and unconscious reaction was, ‘I hope they like me.’* But then…Read more »