public speaking

Presenting Makes You Smarter

by Terry Gault When I read this recent piece in Wired Magazine, I thought, “Yes!  That’s what I’ve been thinking for years!” The article makes the point that when people are called upon to present their reasoning to others, it actually improves their cognitive ability. “GOING FROM AN AUDIENCE OF ZERO TO AN AUDIENCE OF 10 IS SO BIG THAT IT’S ACTUALLY HUGER THAN GOING FROM 10 PEOPLE TO A MILLION. … a group of...

read more

10 Most Common Rookie Mistakes in Public Speaking

by Terry Gault Having coached clients on presentation skills since 1997, I’ve noticed some clear patterns in the behavior of inexperienced presenters. The list follows with detailed explanations below. I’ve included suggestions on how to be more effective. • Using small scale movements and gestures • Speaking with low energy • Playing it safe • Not preparing enough • Not practicing enough • Preparing too much material • Rushing • Data centric presentations • Avoiding...

read more

THG Sponsors TEDx Golden Gate Park

The Henderson Group (THG) is proud to sponsor TEDx Golden Gate Park on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 – The de Young Museum. In sponsoring this event, THG trained most of the TEDxGGP speakers in our Art of Presentation workshop.   Most TEDx events do not offer speaker training. This speaks to the level of commitment to excellence of the TEDxGGP curators (which includes our very own Summer Thommen … who rocks, BTW). This one day...

read more

What the heck do I do with my hands?!?

by Terry Gault Try using broader gestures.  They draw the eye and project dynamism.  Develop a vocabulary of gestures.  They are both an effective and efficient way to communicate. An example where more dynamic gestures will fit is when you provide the audience with a list as in, “The first point that’s important is #1 …”  Often clients will use what I call the Small List.  Their elbows are close to their body and their...

read more

Does your Company or Trade Association bring in Speakers for Events?

Terry Gault: Authentic Communications Coach Terry Gault is a Managing Partner at The Henderson Group, based in SF since 1990.  He has been a coach, trainer, and consultant in communications skills since 1997. He has trained thousands of professionals at Oracle, GE, Wells Fargo, Visa, EMC, eBay, and hundreds more in other large organizations. Terry was trained as a classical actor, teacher and director at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The San Francisco Theater...

read more

George Plimpton on the Art of Public Speaking and Stage Fright

This is a terrific article by Maria Popova, George Plimpton on the Art of Public Speaking and How to Overcome Stage Fright from – enjoy!   “No speech was ever too short,” a duo of legendary admen famously advised, and Plimpton agrees: He wrote this the year TED was founded and, like any great oracle of culture, he intuited the format-meme that TED would eventually rein in, arguing for the supremacy of the 20-minute...

read more

Are You a Jargon Junkie?

by Terry Gault Using jargon is a sure way to create barriers between you and your audience.  Using simple language is always preferable to acronyms and insider terms. A client in a recent workshop shared the MBA Jargon Watch with me.  They describe the site this way: MBA Jargon Watch is the illegitimate brainchild of an MBA and full-time member of the dotcom petite bourgeoisie (I got a promotion). The intent of the Web site is...

read more

April, May, July Workshops with The Henderson Group

2013 Invitational Workshops with The Henderson Group in San Francisco Our work has to be experienced to truly understand its value.  We use these workshops as a way to introduce our work experientially to new prospective clients. With that in mind, we set aside a couple of  seats for the right candidates.  For more information or to reserve a seat please  Contact Us. Art of Technical Presentation:  April 10 – 11, 2013 The Art of...

read more


Contact Us

Contribute a Blog Post (on how to be a more effective speaker and communicator.)