10 Questions with Dr. Nick Morgan

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication speakers, theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear in the media, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world. During the last election cycle, he provided expert commentary on the presidential debates for CNN. His book on communications and brain science, Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, andMaximizing Your Personal Impact, was published by Harvard in May 2014. His latest book, Can You Hear Me?, on the perils of virtual communication, is now available.

Why are you passionate about the topic you speak about?

I had a near-death experience as a teenager and lost the ability - temporarily - to understand other people's body language, so I had a hard time understanding their emotions and intent. The hard work of regaining that ability to understand body language led me to become passionate about communications in all its forms.

What is the best advice you have ever received as an expert, speaker or coach?

It's not about you; it's about the audience.

Who do you admire and why?

President John F. Kennedy, a wonderful speaker who had the ability to call people to their best selves.

What is one piece of advice you could share with our readers to uplift them in life/career?

Trust in your own story.

What is your favorite book?

The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

What do you do to relax?

I play classic guitar and piano.

What are some of the challenges you face as a speaker, expert or coach and how do you overcome those?

Like most people, I experience the butterflies of stage fright. The only way to overcome that fight-flight-or-freeze response is to practice. Rehearsal matters!

How do you see the world of coaching and speaking evolve over the next 5 years?

Shorter interventions and more focus on video delivery.

What technology can't you live without?

My iPad. Also my iPhone, and my MacBook.

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