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A passionate teacher, Nick 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 on the Today show, and to take on the investment community. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has helped design conferences and prepare keynote speeches around the world.
Nick’s methods, which are well-known for challenging conventional thinking, have been published worldwide. His acclaimed book on public speaking, Working the Room: How to Move People to Action through Audience-Centered Speaking was published by Harvard in 2003 and reprinted in paperback in 2005 as Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action. His follow-up book, Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma, was published in December 2008 by Jossey-Bass.
Nick served as editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter from 1998 — 2003. He has written hundreds of articles for local and national publications. Nick is a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
After earning his Ph.D. in literature and rhetoric, Nick spent a number of years teaching Shakespeare and Public Speaking at the University of Virginia and Princeton University. He first started writing speeches for Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb and went on to found his own communications consulting organization, Public Words, in 1997.
Nick attributes his success to his honest and direct approach that challenges even the most confident orators to rethink how they communicate.
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“Nick - Such a pleasure working with you during our offsite last week. It was a perfect complement to the other work we are doing and I have already begun to put what I learned to good practice!”
United States Army
“Dr. Nick Morgan was one of the highlights of our March, 2010 Annual Convention, with a tour de force keynote address that accomplished the seemingly impossible: providing an effective, interactive, how-to primer on public speaking to an audience of over 400 attendees, ranging from sales people to chief executives. He blended humor, science, theatrics and excellent historical examples. I don’t know if anyone else could have pulled this off, but Nick Morgan had our audience’s attention riveted for the entire two hours. Nick was a pleasure to work with and I am positive we will be calling on him again. This was a masterful seminar. Bravo!”
“And thank you again for doing such a great job for us. The session was truly engaging and useful and fun, and the feedback and commentary on it was uniformly fantastic (making me realize I should have booked more time plus a breakout session). If you are interested, I′d love to have you back for another one of our big national events -- next May, our Leadership Event.”
“Thank you so much for joining us yesterday and for your contribution to the program. You were able to energize the room in a powerful way and I think we all took away some very valuable lessons about how we carry ourselves when we speak to other people. This is such an important topic across disciplines and I feel so lucky that we were able to have you there yesterday.”
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
“Nick, this has been my most valuable session at SXSW this year. It′s exciting when you learn you have the key ingredients to make something great - then even more exciting to meet the master chefs who can help you put it together. Thank you, and keep cooking.”
Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma
- Form the attitude and intent to be open, and then let your body naturally express that intent. This feeling of openness will naturally affect the content of what you are saying, and it′s that natural evolution that is at the heart of the process.
- Become connected to your audience. This creates a mutual energy, and you will naturally begin to think in terms of what the audience wants and needs in shaping your content.
- Ask yourself, what′s my underlying emotion? Why does this matter to me? Becoming passionate about what you have to say naturally makes your audience care about it too.
- Really listen to the audience. Understanding their needs and reactions will enable you to direct your communication in mutually beneficial ways.
Working the Room: How to Move People to Action Through Audience-Centered Speaking / Edition 1
Writing in a tone of unrelenting enthusiasm and encouragement, Morgan, a consultant, describes the elements of a good speech and the rhetorical devices that ensure successful delivery. The content of the speech, delivery, location, and technology used in delivery are described, followed by three chapters on how to read and engage with the audience. Each chapter is followed by a clear summary of tips in outline form.
Nick Morgan shows how anyone can be an effective speaker by presenting an image of authenticity and respect for their audience, whether in a group presentation or a one-on-one conversation. He presents a four-step process, perfected in his teaching at Harvard, that enables the reader to use their own personal speaking style while becoming a more persuasive and charismatic communicator and leader.
The basis of this process is the fact that when words and body language are in conflict, body language wins every time. This isn′t easy to overcome, because normally body language is immediate, while the words lag slightly behind, and even a momentary conflict is perceptible to the audience. The key to success is to train your body language to unconsciously align with your message.
The four steps:
When you bring in Nick Morgan to speak to your employees, your conference, or your association, you get more than just a keynote speech. You get a highly interactive session that has participants up on their feet practicing good communications, learning how to open up, and experiencing authenticity.
Using humor, video, and volunteers from the audience, Nick takes the mystery out of non-verbal communications and shows you what trust and charisma are made of. Audiences leave with a practical understanding of how they are perceived by others, how to show up with authenticity, and how to communicate their passion for their work to customers, colleagues, and the public.
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The Art of Public Speaking: Creating Authentic Communications
Every communication is two conversations — the content and the body language. In this compelling speech, Nick demonstrates — and gets the audience helping out too — what the research shows us about how to connect effectively and authentically with any audience, from one to one thousand. Audiences will learn how to create and deliver an effective speech, and discover how to develop their own charisma using Nick′s unique, innovative techniques.
This speech comes in both 50-minute keynote and workshop versions (half-day and daylong).
The Art of Storytelling: Great Presentations That Move Audiences to Action
Using ancient rhetorical tricks and modern psychology, Nick shows audiences how to structure a presentation or a speech so that it moves an audience to action. Audience-centered speaking means understanding the hopes and fears of the people you’re speaking to, and then taking them on a storytelling journey, from passive to active, from why to how, and from problem to solution. Audiences will learn the 5 fundamental stories, how to ensure that you engage an audience’s interest, and how to create an audience-centered presentation.
This speech comes in both a 50-minute keynote and seminar version (half-day).
The Business of Public Speaking: How to Break Out of the Ranks of Free Speakers
Behind every successful public speaker is a team and an industry supporting them. In this speech, Nick lets audiences in on the secrets of the trade, from getting started in the business, to publishing your book, to propelling yourself into the upper echelons of great speakers. Nick talks about how to get repeat business, how to woo speakers bureaus, and how to use social media to support your business.
This speech comes in both 50-minute and workshop versions.
Understanding Body Language: How to Read Others and Understand Yourself
Recent brain research has revealed why so much of our communications with others is unconscious and non-verbal. In this speech, Nick pulls back the curtain and shows audiences why we stand, gesture, move and speak the way we do. Audiences will get a deep understanding of how to read others’ body language to persuade a room, close a sale, or negotiate a better deal.
This speech comes in both 50-minute keynote and workshop versions (half-day and daylong).