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Why do most of the nation’s news channels carry his daily press briefing live every day? The state of New York, particularly New York City, is the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. But there is more. Governor Andrew Cuomo embodies the leadership communications style that our country is hungry for.

While we are staying at home, there may not be many chances to speak, but there are plenty of chances to learn from the work of great speakers. This series features speeches that “check the boxes” of great speeches – each focusing on a key approach, and each containing great wisdom.

In response to the uncertainties presented by COVID-19, many teams are working remotely for the first time. If you find yourself leading a virtual team, remember the core goal in business: To create, build and protect relationships.

If you are working from home, due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus, we offer the following tips and tricks for new telecommuters to improve your effectiveness in working remotely.

A presidential address is meant to do a number of things. It’s meant to inspire. It’s meant to comfort. It’s meant to show strength. To show compassion. To show hope. In honor of President’s Day, we offer five presidential addresses that hit those notes and take it one step further.

Imagine. It’s a warm day in August 1963, in the height of the Civil Rights movement. There are 250,000 people gathered on the Mall in Washington, D.C. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. steps in front of the Lincoln Memorial, as people around the world listen for his first words.

It’s the toughest job in the city but Charlotte Mecklenburg Chief of Police Kerr Putney has approached it with grace, respect, dignity, and authenticity

Ron Rivera is a great coach; he’s an even better person. He told the team in his last meeting with them, “When you walk out the door, it’s all about your character.”

Riley Howell, in a moment of genuine authenticity and courage, made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his fellow students at UNCC. And now he’s a Jedi.

Lizzo just took a DNA test, turns out she’s 100% that authentic! The hit musician is the first of Interact’s Authentic People of 2019.

20 years ago, Lou Solomon founded Interact Authentic Communication. Since that time Lou has touched thousands through the method, mission and magic that is Interact. Some of Interact’s dear friends were kind enough to share their thoughts about Lou.

We all have personal heroes. Col. Skardon does not consider himself a hero. But he is our hero. And on this Veteran’s Day, we celebrate all who have served this great nation. They are all heroes.

Mick Mixon is the play-by-play radio announcer for the Carolina Panthers. When asked to tell us about one of his mentors, this is the story he told us.

Our defining moments are sometimes stories of struggles, sometimes stories of triumph, but they are always times when we meet a challenge head-on.

The premise was that you were shaped dramatically by what was happening in the world when you were young.

Cokie Roberts made our world better, smarter, kinder and more fun.

Your trustworthiness is tied to your attention, presence and desire to be there.

For an audience to follow and enjoy a group presentation, it must be fluid—seamless.

Our annual review of the best, most unusual, most memorable speeches of the graduation season.

Parents teach us, they coach us, they show us the way so that when they aren’t with us, we still know what to do. It is a powerful gift.

He was only at home in his military community, in service of his country. On a base, in the cockpit–on a tour of duty.

Take a tip from the pros. Put the time in and don’t deviate. Do the pregame rituals that lead to a win and take the room with confidence.

For your next moment in the spotlight here are 5 tips for making a great presentation.

We can’t possibly lead if we don’t pay attention to other people’s thoughts and perspectives.

Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson trained hard for her superhero moment. Are you ready for yours?

Let’s explore five tips for gestures that will give you power, authenticity and credibility.

Eye contact is a form of communication that has no rival. Brush up.

Here are the standout authentic moments at the 2019 Oscars!

There are many ways to show you care, and I care about the crew at Interact. Happy Valentine’s Day!

David Tepper made waves as the unabashed new owner of the Carolina Panthers this season.

“There’s power…in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice.” –Michelle Obama

The students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to inspire us.

The rescue of 12 soccer players and their coach makes our list of Top Authentic Moments of 2018.

Molly Grantham shines bright for our Authentic Moments of 2018 series.

NFL Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins shares his struggles with depression to help other athletes.

Abby Wambach’s speech at Bernard College makes an entry in our Authentic Moments of 2018 series.

Rev. Graham preached across the world for seven decades with openness and authenticity.

College football will not define Christian Wilkins–instead it will be his character.

Bishop Michael Curry’s sermon at the Royal Wedding makes our list of Authentic Moments in 2018.

A reflection on George H.W Bush makes it easy to understand his legacy of service.

Author Kathy Izard was our featured speaker at Interact’s Thankful Morning.

Podiums keep us hidden and disconnected from the audience. Step away!

Non-verbal communication reveals the intent of the message.

Beyonce takes time to show her authentic self through the lens of a strong woman becoming a mother.

Channel your nervous energy into electricity using these 8 steps.

NFL Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins gives a powerful speech about his struggles with depression.

Tips from our in-house adventurer to change negative nervousness into nervous-excitement.

We can learn so much from the best interviewers in the business.

Tamela Rich has great advice for planning an authentic, meaningful vacation!

Explore the quality-of-life benefits of vacations.

Our favorite graduation speakers, their life lessons and the challenges they issue to graduates.

Companies that respond to crisis in an authentic manner can emerge even stronger.

This time of year we pause to remember the men and women who have died while serving our country.

Our home, the Grinnell Water Works Building, is filled with history and character.

If you’re facing a high-stakes presentation, here are 7 Steps that will help you land the project.

Leaders can take a page from Facebook when they face a crisis of trust and accountability.

Every spring I watch with anticipation for the renewal of my little dogwood tree.

The students of Stoneman Douglas found their voices to call for change.

People use it to read your passion, confidence, sincerity, natural authority and commitment.

During a time of crisis take the pulse of the people who matter most.

It begins with understanding how to build a bridge.

Everyone gets “out of shape” from time to time when it comes to first impressions.

Discover the real power of Q & A with these seven secret weapons.

Listen to billionaire Warren Buffett’s advice to a class of business students back in 2009.

Words matter but sincerity registers in the way you look, move and sound–not what you say.

If you’re after mediocrity, all the rules are right here.

If you feel a surge of creepy, cold adrenaline before you speak, we’ve got some good news.

If you’ve lost your creative mojo, here are 6 Steps to get it back.

Show up in the moment and be intentional about making connections.

See behind the scenes of my latest book with some takeaways you can put to good use.

Let’s dive into what it is to be authentic!

We hold ourselves back by thinking we have to show up like other presenters.

Being hard on yourself is working against you.

Approach life’s challenges with these tips to help you move forward.

Vulnerability offers you the freedom to be human. Here are a few ways you can practice.

5 tips for building a better human connection and influencing positive change.

After many years of helping people with messaging, I have boiled it down into a few simple models.

Keep team members engaged, productive and growing–no matter where they sit.

Presence is never perfected, only practiced.

Deliberate practice gives you access to content while making a connection. Here are six ways to start.

Meet Charles Hunt, a man who created a different story for his life by “rewiring” his DNA.

Before setting goals or making resolutions, respond to these five questions.

Every great story, every great year, has a beginning. What will be yours?

Boring topic? The audience is counting on you to make it interesting.

The most prized gifts come with thoughtfulness and a meaningful story.

Standing in the spotlight to make an important toast can be daunting. Here are tips to insure success!

Stories answer questions like: What does our work mean to us and why?

When you share a beautiful moment in nature through a photograph, words are not necessary.

Here’s how you can avoid roadblocks in leadership communication.

Don’t react, stay focused and keep your cool–and the audience won’t notice!

Introducing a speaker on short notice? We’ve got you covered.

Stories help us communicate meaning beyond mere words.

Bad meetings are the No. 1 offender in squandering face-to-face time that should be energizing.

You can engage with your audience easier by remembering these seven principles.

The process of becoming is ubiquitous in life, there is no escaping.

It can be helpful in decision making, but data is dry. Strong leaders wrap a compelling story around it.

Most business presentations are sadly unoriginal. You will stand out when you “plan the drums yourself!”

Life itself is expression. There’s nothing attractive about a blank face.

I began to recognize when I was about to bore people beyond measure.

What risks are you willing to take to make your speaking more powerful and inspiring?

We’re not born with it. It’s a skill you have to nurture and develop overtime.

To share the value of your life lessons with others is the essence of generosity.

Use these 9 tips for effective pausing and allow us to experience your message.

In 1976 I learned to articulate real life experiences. It changed me forever.

As you begin to identify these influences, more and more will occur to you.

The first steps of any spectacular presentation is your own sense of identity.

There is almost more of you left to grow.

Planning a high-stakes presentation? It should come as a relief that it’s really not about you.

Not if you want to connect with your listeners without having to search for the words you want to say.

Consider this. What is the potential value of a good conversation?

Making it easy for others to connect is an act of generosity.

A culture of appreciation fosters commitment, engagement, and a willingness to go above and beyond.

We invite you to explore the Interact Report Series.

In the absence of straight talk we become less powerful.  

The fear of hurting people’s feelings and facing drama and retribution.

A speech versus a conversation.

Old programming can hold you back.

Use your best achievements as a guide.

Never settle for the status quo.

Develop the habit of diaphragmatic breathing.

Your tone of voice is a language.

Profits are higher when working with suppliers as long term partners.

Face-time is the remedy.

Bring your heart into a mind-filled room.

A great interviewer draws out the secret sauce.

Start by giving away real value.

Open and close well and don’t screw it up in between.

Use the whole brain approach.

Set yourself up for success.

Show up and take command.

The responsibility to be a role model for employees is even greater.

Follow these steps and you won’t have to find out.

You have a coach in your pocket.

Here are 7 Tips for a successful showing.

Above all, don’t react defensively.

Listening is more powerful than talking.

Charm, authenticity and zero B.S.

Trust is the one thing that changes everything.

Consider a short, expressive quote that carries heat.

Employees may need help reconnecting to the original core values of the company.

Take a page from the leaders at Costco.

It takes courage, commitment, and character.

The real work of life is going within.

Spark new relationships—and build a sense of social-ease.

5 ways you can practice imperfection.

Instead of trying to impress us, bring value and meaning.

You’ll get there—one (small) act of courage at a time.

Always act in the spirit of respect.

Attempts to control people with fear will always backfire.

A good pause lasts 2-3 seconds or so.

Knowing your story is the foundation for credibility.

Be willing to engage people in a high-stakes conversation.

Eight tips to help you infuse meaning and value into your talk.

Knowledge alone doesn’t change behavior.

As you’re planning your next meeting, get crystal clear on the purpose.

Catching a smile from another person can trigger an experience of happiness.

The debacle offers some valuable lessons about leadership.

Believe the best in one another.

Say something unexpected and interesting.

The real beginning happens before you leave home.

Don’t send people away with only a hazy sense of what happened.

Today is new. Set a goal. Re-risk.

Five Steps to having an exceptional network of peers.

Learning to pause is the most freeing thing a speaker can learn to do. Slinky dog can help.

Culture rests on human relationships.

Give participants the space to try new things.

Change your thinking – the actions and results will follow suit.

Meetings are too expensive to throw away!

…um, like, you know?

It’s not all about the words. It’s about the way you show up.

Engaging others in conversation is an art.

Everyone has a topic within them.

Tips for getting off of the “Pain Train.”

Do more of what gives you life and less of what robs you of energy.

We all long for a meaningful energy exchange.

When we refuse to let go of old ideas we can wind up in the wall.

Here’s how to craft whatever kind of line you need.

The more self-conscious the speaker, the less he or she will pause.