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Nick Morgan's speaking fee falls within range: $10,000 to $15,000 (Speakers' virtual presentation fees are generally around 60-80% of the in-person fee range noted here.)
Time after time, the country’s most powerful business leaders and politicians turn to Nick Morgan to help them write and deliver world-changing speeches and presentations. Dubbed “the speaking coach of professional speakers”, Morgan is a prominent expert on body language and how to manage it in order to become a charismatic communicator.
Morgan’s research career in non-verbal communication began after a tobogganing accident at age 17 not only left him clinically dead for 15 minutes, but also temporarily shut off his ability to read body language subconsciously as most people do, forcing him to have to “relearn” how to decode others’ intents and emotions consciously. The experience jumpstarted a 40-year career dedicated to discovering and harnessing the secrets of authentic and effective speakers.
Morgan has been a fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter. He is the founder of Public Words Inc., a communications consulting company that for almost 20 years has helped clients tell stories that others will remember. His three must-read books offer clear and easy-to-implement advice on becoming a more influential and authentic communicator. His latest book is Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact.
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.
Communication expert, Nick Morgan demystifies why it’s so difficult to control your non-verbal habits and how you can rewire your brain to hone those behaviors. Our conscious minds can only handle about 40 bits of information per second, so our voluntary movements and language pretty much saturate our conscious mind’s capacity, leaving most of our nonverbal communication to our unconscious mind – the same system that regulates our heart, body temperature, etc.
Morgan touches on a few of his seven steps to gaining greater control over our non-verbal communication, noting that the first one is to build awareness of habits we unwittingly do like the way we sit in a meeting, for example. “Are you sitting with your head deliberately lower than your boss?” he offers an illustration. “That sends out a message to everybody in the room as to who’s in charge and who isn’t.”
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.
Popular Speaking Topics
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).
“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.”
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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:
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.
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