Dr. Nick Morgan

Top Communication Theorist, Coach, & Author

Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he 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 deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.

Nick’s methods, which are well-known for challenging conventional thinking, have been published worldwide. His latest book, Can You Hear Me?: How to Connect with People in a Virtual World, was published in 2018 by HBR Press.

He’s also written the acclaimed book on public speaking, Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action (HBR Press). His book on authentic communications is entitled Trust Me, and his impactful book on communications and brain science is called Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact (HBR Press).  His most recent book, on the perils of virtual communication, is Can You Hear Me? How to Connect with People in a Virtual World (HBR Press).

Nick served as editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter from 1998 – 2003. He has written hundreds of articles for local and national publications, and appears frequently on radio and TV. Nick is a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

After earning his PhD. in literature and rhetoric, Nick spent a number of years teaching Shakespeare and Public Speaking at the University of Virginia, Lehigh University, 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.

Nick has given keynote speeches, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world. Nick has audiences riveted with his fun and interactive talks. From small, intensive workshops to large-scale corporate events, audiences will have a transformative experience, forever changing the way they communicate.

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His speaking topics include:

Can You Hear Me? What’s Wrong with Virtual Communications and What We Can Do About Them

Communicating virtually is cool, useful, and ubiquitous. But whenever there’s a glitch with the technology or a message is unclear, we’re reminded that the quality of human connection we have in many forms of virtual communication is awful. We’ve all felt disconnected and bored in a video conference, frustrated that we’re not getting through on the phone, or upset when our email is badly misinterpreted.

How can we fix this? In this powerful, practical speech, communication expert Nick Morgan outlines five big problems with communication in the virtual world – lack of feedback, lack of empathy, lack of control, lack of emotion, lack of connection and commitment – sharply highlighting what is lost in our accelerating shift to a more virtual world. And he provides a clear path forward and practical, simple takeaways, for helping us to connect better with others.


To hold someone’s attention you have to be able to tell compelling stories. Nick leads audiences in an interactive session that will have them finding their own stories, increasing their persuasiveness, and learning how to move people to action.


Brain research shows that most of us make decisions based on unconscious, emotional reactions to other people’s body language. In his keynote speeches and workshops Nick reveals to audiences what body language can – and cannot – tell us about how our minds work and how our lives are really lived.


Nick helps executives understand why most corporate communications fail to connect with their intended audiences – and what they can do to improve these expensive efforts in marketing, branding, and messaging.


Nick shows why people crave authentic communications – and explains the neuroscience behind executive presence. Audiences learn how to develop their own unique personal styles that allow their voices to be heard more powerfully than they ever have before.