Monthly Archive for September, 2012

Full-day training courses offer many challenges for speakers, including:

  • massive preparation requirements;
  • physical and mental fatigue (for both the speaker and audience); and
  • maintaining interest requires dynamic delivery and varied presentation techniques.

If you can overcome these challenges, you can provide significant value for your audience.

This past week, I was fortunate to attend a series of full-day training courses (Usability Week 2012 in San Francisco, offered by the Nielsen Norman Group). While my focus was building my usability knowledge, it was also a great opportunity to learn from people who speak regularly around the world. One of these speakers was Marieke McCloskey, who taught my first session of the week.

This article offers 28 tips for designing and presenting training courses inspired by Marieke’s strengths and areas for improvement.

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Every speech does not need quotations, but every speaker needs to know why, how, and when to use quotations in their speeches.

In this article, we examine eight benefits of using quotations in your speech, and then discuss twenty-one tips for superpowering your speech with effective quotes.

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Ryan Avery was selected as the 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking a few weeks ago at the Toastmasters International international convention in Orlando, Florida.

I was delighted to discover that Ryan is a Six Minutes reader, and was doubly delighted when he agreed to an interview.

His story is that of a champion, not only of a contest winner but a young man with big dreams and the commitment to make them happen.

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Six Minutes weekend reviews bring the best public speaking articles to you.

This review features topics including:

  • Q&A tips;
  • new speaking books;
  • leadership stories;
  • convention speech reviews;
  • commencement speech tips;
  • Prezi pros and cons;
  • and more!

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This article reviews the 2006 TED talk by Ken Robinson about whether our education system kills creativity. As I write this speech analysis, his talk is the most-viewed TED talk in history. Not surprisingly, it is rich with lessons for speakers.

Robinson’s talk demonstrates many lessons, including:

  • Reference shared experiences or beliefs
  • Signal key statements
  • Tell stories
  • Use humor
  • Use rhetorical questions

This is the latest in a series of speech critiques here on Six Minutes.

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Great news… Six Minutes has given birth to triplets.

No, the triplets are not adorable humans. We’ve recently added three more social media platforms: Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest.

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