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Nick Morgan
Nick Morgan.jpg
Nick Morgan in 2012
Born 1953
Alma mater University of Virginia
Princeton University
Occupation Speaking coach, author
Spouse(s) Nikki Smith-Morgan
Children Emma Wyatt, Sarah Morgan, Eric Morgan, Howard Morgan

Nick Morgan (born Nicholas H. Morgan in 1953)[1]:2 is an American speaking coach and author.[2][3]

Morgan received his A.B. in English literature from Princeton University in 1976, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English literature and rhetoric at the University of Virginia in 1977 and 1981, respectively. He taught Shakespeare and Public Speaking at the University of Virginia and Princeton University. At University of Virginia, he also served as Assistant Vice President and Provost. 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.[4][5]:229

Individual clients include former Yahoo! executive and author Tim Sanders, mountaineer Susan Ershler, Emmy Award-winning talk show host Montel Williams, reality TV star Les Gold (Hardcore Pawn), and online marketing strategist David Meerman Scott. Corporate clients include IBM, Kaiser Permanente, and Royal Dutch Shell.[6][7]

He has written hundreds of articles for local and national publications, including Forbes.[8][9] Harvard Business Review cited his article How to Become an Authentic Speaker as one of ten "must read" articles on communication.[10]

Morgan is an expert in non-verbal communications skills for public speakers, and has coached and written extensively on this topic.[11] His interest in body language was particularly fueled by three life events at age 17: "First, I read a book about the Dalai Lama ... Second, I learned my father was gay. And third, I died."[12][13][14]

His expertise encompasses not only traditional in-person meetings and presentations,[15][16] but also the increasingly common virtual-world meetings using teleconferencing.[17]

He is frequently asked to critique speeches by celebrities such as the campaign speeches of Barack Obama[18] and the first official speech of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.[19][20]

As well as leading Public Words, he served as editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter from 1998 to 2003.[21] Morgan is a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.[4]

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Morgan authored books for Harvard Business Press including On running a meeting,[22] and Working the Room: How to Move People to Action Through Audience-Centered Speaking,[23] also published in paperback as Give Your Speech, Change the World: How To Move Your Audience to Action.[5] In reviewing Working the Room, Publishers Weekly said "This is a clear, engaging guide any socially and verbally competent person can benefit from."[24]

More recently he has published with John Wiley & Sons and New Word City. These more recent books include Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma, [25] 7 Steps to a Great Speech,[26] How to Read Body Language,[27] The King’s Speech,[28] How to Tell Great Business Stories,[29] and How to Give a Great Presentation.[30] On adopting the methods in Trust Me, Microsoft executive Curtis Frye claimed " will communicate more openly, authentically, and charismatically."[31]

In 2012, two expert public speakers (Bruce Gabrielle and Gonzalo Alvarez) interviewed five of their colleagues on the question "What do the top presentation experts in the world read?" Of 35 books shortlisted, Morgan's book Give Your Speech, Change the World came 1st in the "Delivery" category, 2nd in the "Content" category, and 4th overall.[32]

Harvard Business Review Press published Morgan's book Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact on May 13, 2014.[33][34]

Morgan is also the author of a book on Charles Dickens,[1] a screenplay, and five theatrical plays.[5]:229

In addition, he occasionally comments on the state of the publishing industry and its transition from print to the digital era.[35]


  1. ^ a b Morgan, Nicholas H. (1992). Secret Journeys: theory and practice in reading Dickens. Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press. ISBN 978-0-8386-3447-9. Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Nick Morgan, Communications Expert". Speakers' Spotlight. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "Nick Morgan: Profile". Speakers' Platform. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Nick Morgan". Public Words. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Morgan, Nick (1 February 2005). Give Your Speech, Change the World: How To Move Your Audience to Action. Harvard Business Press. ISBN 978-1-59139-714-4. Retrieved December 25, 2012.
  6. ^ "People We've Worked With". Public Words. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  7. ^ Scott, David Meerman (November 10, 2011). "You need honest feedback. You need a coach". Web Ink Now. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  8. ^ Morgan, Nick (2012-09-25). "What Do Harvard Business Publishing and Harlequin Have in Common?". Forbes. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  9. ^ Morgan, Nick (2011-08-15). "Becoming a Passionate Communicator". Forbes. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  10. ^ "HBR's 10 Must Reads on Communication". Harvard Business Review. Archived from the original on 2013-02-09. (Another version)
  11. ^ Morgan, Nick (2012-10-25). "7 Surprising Truths about Body Language". Forbes. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  12. ^ Morgan, Nick (February 8, 2013). "How to Think About Body Language". Forbes. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
  13. ^ Morgan, Nick (February 12, 2013). "How to Think About Body Language - part 2". Forbes. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  14. ^ Morgan, Nick (February 14, 2013). "How to Think About Body Language - part 3". Forbes. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  15. ^ Purdue, Jane (July 30, 2010). "Build your credibility, trust". The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  16. ^ Levinson, Meridith (May 21, 2010). "Leadership, Communication and Authenticity". CIO Magazine. Archived from the original on April 7, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  17. ^ Schachter, Harvey (November 4, 2012). "Real-world tips for virtual-world meetings". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  18. ^ Welch, Matt (19 March 2010). "The Obama "narrative" narrative". Australian Broadcasting Company. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  19. ^ Hechinger, Paul (March 23, 2012). "Royal Roundup: The Duchess's Speech". BBC. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  20. ^ "Public Words: Buzz". Public Words. Archived from the original on February 15, 2013. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  21. ^ "Search results for Nick Morgan". Harvard Business Review. Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  22. ^ Morgan, Nick (1 May 2002). Harvard ManageMentor: On running a meeting: a practical resource for managers in a hurry. Harvard Business School Pub. ISBN 978-1-57851-986-6. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  23. ^ Morgan, Nick (1 April 2003). Working the Room: How to Move People to Action Through Audience-Centered Speaking. Harvard Business Press. ISBN 978-1-57851-819-7. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  24. ^ "Non fiction review: Working the Room: How to Move People to Action Through Audience-Centered Speaking". Publishers Weekly. Reed Business Information, Inc. April 1, 2003. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  25. ^ Morgan, Nick (31 December 2008). Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-40435-5. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  26. ^ Morgan, Nick (1 October 2010). 7 Steps to a Great Speech. New Word City. ISBN 978-1-936529-50-6. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  27. ^ Morgan, Nick (8 November 2010). How to Read Body Language. New Word City. ISBN 978-1-61230-106-8. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  28. ^ Morgan, Nick (2010). The King’s Speech. New Word City. ISBN 978-1-61230-019-1. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  29. ^ Morgan, Nick (1 February 2011). How to Tell Great Business Stories. New Word City. ISBN 978-1-61230-009-2. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  30. ^ Morgan, Nick (18 October 2011). How to Give a Great Presentation. New Word City. ISBN 978-1-61230-164-8. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  31. ^ Frye, Curtis (February 20, 2009). "Review: Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma". Technology and Society Book Reviews. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  32. ^ Gabrielle, Bruce; Alvarez, Gonzalo (October 8, 2012). "The Top 35 Books on Presentation". Retrieved February 24, 2013.
  33. ^ Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact
  34. ^ Nick Morgan (2014). Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact. Harvard Business Press. ISBN 978-1-4221-9350-1.
  35. ^ Webb, Jenn (Jul 27, 2012). "Putting a Price on Value: The ToC Perspective". Publishers Weekly. Reed Business Information, Inc. Retrieved March 4, 2013.

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