Blog: Communication

The #1 Leadership Communication Mistake

Eric Nitzberg | November 18th, 2013

I have come to the conclusion that there is one pretty universal communication mistake that is the most damaging and causes the most mischief for leaders. Are you ready?  The mistake is:  not preparing well.  Yes, I know this is not very […]

Technology update

Eric Nitzberg | March 14th, 2013

Earlier this year I published a post or two about technology and productivity tools.  Here is an update based on some additional experience: is terrific. is a subscription service that lets you snail-mail business cards, receipts or other […]

Speaking with Authenticity: The Hunger Games

Eric Nitzberg | February 16th, 2013

Yesterday I saw the film “The Hunger Games,” and I was struck by how well it conveys what it takes to be an authentic, successful public speaker. In the movie the heroine Katniss is pulled from her humble life hunting […]

Transparency: How Leaders Create a Culture of Candor, by Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman and James O’Toole

Eric Nitzberg | January 16th, 2013

This thoughtful book would be of special interest to leaders who are struggling with the ethics and risks of “speaking truth to power.”  It also provides motivation from highly credible experts for leading in a way that models transparency even […]

Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

Eric Nitzberg | October 8th, 2012

Social Intelligence:  the New Science of Human Relationships, by Daniel Goleman, Bantam, 2006. This outstanding book talks about human emotions, relationships, and the brain science that helps explain them.  It has huge applications for leadership and communication. Section 1 explains […]

How to Speak Like a CEO, by Suzanne Bates

Eric Nitzberg | May 12th, 2012

Review of How to Speak Like a CEO, by Suzanne Bates This is a good overview of leadership communication skills.  It emphasizes authenticity, and it covers a broad range of communication topics such as speech / presentation preparation, question and […]

Slide:ology, by Nancy Duarte

Eric Nitzberg | March 28th, 2012

This is a terrific book.  More than a primer on creating slides, it really is an introduction to visual design, and how to think like a visual designer.  It doesn’t provide technical guidance about how to operate Powerpoint; it’s all […]

Welcome to Nitzblog!

Eric Nitzberg | December 19th, 2011

Welcome to my blog! I am an executive coach, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on helping leaders prepare for high-stakes presentations. I decided to start a blog at the advice of my editor, as I […]