Six Minutes Article Archive
In-Depth Article Series
Ethos, Pathos, Logos:
Three Pillars of Public Speaking
Detailed guide to credibility, emotion, and logic which are the secret to persuasive speaking.
Audience Analysis Series
Covers what questions to ask, how to get the answers, and how to improve your presentations as a result of audience analysis. Includes free worksheet.
Speech Preparation Series
10-article series examining the six steps which are necessary to prepare a speech, reduce nervousness, and combat fear.
Speech Analysis Series
5-article series examining presentation analysis as a key skill to improve your speaking skills.
Toastmasters Speech Series
Your guide to the 10 speeches of the Toastmasters Competent Communicator Program.
Rule of Three & Speechwriting
Comprehensive guide to this powerful speechwriting technique as it applies to crafting memorable phrases, speech outlines, and speech humor.
Crafting content which is compelling and memorable.
Body language, vocal variety, audience interaction, and other advice to deliver your message effectively.
Tips and techniques to improve your PowerPoint or Keynote slides, usage of flip charts, or other visual aids.
PowerPoint Book Review – Clear and to The Point: 8 Psychological Principles for Compelling PowerPoint Presentations
Habits which help you become a complete well-rounded speaker.
Reviews of books which cover public speaking, presentation skills, and communication methods.
Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History - William Safire (Ed.)
William Safire (Ed.)
Presentation Patterns: Techniques for Crafting Better Presentations - Neal Ford, Matthew McCullough, Nathaniel Schutta
Neal Ford, Matthew McCullough, Nathaniel Schutta
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer - Roy Peter Clark
Roy Peter Clark
Telling Ain't Training - Harold Stolovitch and Erica Keeps
Harold Stolovitch and Erica Keeps
The Naked Presenter: Delivering Powerful Presentations With or Without Slides - Garr Reynolds
Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences - Nancy Duarte
Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve, and Inspire Your Audience to Action - Kristin Arnold
Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures - Dan Roam
Thank You For Arguing - Jay Heinrichs
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die - Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Confessions of a Public Speaker - Scott Berkun
Universal Principles of Design - William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler
William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler
The Wealthy Speaker: The Proven Formula for Building Your Successful Speaking Business - Jane Atkinson
Better Beginnings: How to Capture Your Audience in 30 Seconds - Carmen Taran
Multimedia Learning - Richard E. Mayer
Richard E. Mayer
You've Got to Be Believed to Be Heard - Bert Decker
Advanced Presentations by Design: Creating Communication that Drives Action - Andrew Abela
Rain Making: Attract New Clients No Matter What Your Field - Ford Harding
slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations - Nancy Duarte
Clear and to The Point: 8 Psychological Principles for Compelling PowerPoint Presentations - Stephen Kosslyn
Fire Them Up! - Carmine Gallo
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking - Dale Carnegie
The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling - Annette Simmons
Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers - James Humes
Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery - Garr Reynolds
Speech evaluations which analyze great speakers and illustrate the techniques which make them great.
Suki Kim - This is what it's like to teach in North Korea
Powerful and emotional memoir-based talk; outstanding vocal variety and expressiveness.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt - "A date which will live in infamy" (Pearl Harbor address)
Address to Congress on the day following the Pearl Harbor attack. Speech analysis focuses on strategic word selection.
Winston Churchill - The Sinews of Peace (Iron Curtain)
Memorable speech which signalled the start of the Cold War. Analysis shows how to demonstrate charisma tactics through speech writing.
Ken Robinson - Do schools kill creativity?
Deep ideas; engaging; humorous; use of signalling words and rhetorical questions.
Dan Pink - The Surprising Science of Motivation
Strong opening and closing; masterful speechwriting; passionate; superb gestures and vocal variety.
Abraham Lincoln - Gettysburg Address
One of the most famous, most quoted, and most recited speeches of all time. It is also one of the shortest at just 10 sentences.
Elizabeth Gilbert - Nurturing Creativity
Passionate; storytelling; engaging the audience; speaking rate; hand gestures; relating the message to the audience.
Jacqueline Novogratz - Escaping Poverty
Strong opening and closing; relates to the audience; storytelling; contrast; visuals; eye contact.
Barack Obama - Presidential Inaugural Address
Inauguration speech delivered to a live crowd estimated at 2 million people and billions around the globe.
Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have a Dream
Given to a crowd of 250,000, "I Have a Dream" is considered one of the greatest speeches of all time.
Dalton Sherman - Do you believe?
10-year-old 5th grader Dalton Sherman delivers an inspirational speech to 20,000 teachers about the importance of believing in each other.
Randy Pausch - The Last Lecture (Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams)
Tremendously inspirational, funny, clever use of props and visual aids, a truly memorable speech.
Patrick Henry Winston - How to Speak
Dozens of practical public speaking tips; targets speaking to teach or to inform; lecture-style.
Majora Carter - Greening the Ghetto
Personal emotion, energy, passion, rapid speaking rate, call-to-action, reading from script.
Hans Rosling - Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen
Six simple techniques for presenting data, graphical display, energetic delivery.
J.A. Gamache - Being a Mr. G.
Strong writing, powerful body language, speech opening and closing which feature the same prop, callback technique for repetitive humor, emotionally charged writing, and a series of wonderfully choreographed gestures.
Steve Jobs - Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Strong opening; simple classical structure; the Rule of Three; rich figures of speech; and a recurring theme of birth/death/rebirth.
Al Gore - 15 ways to avert a climate crisis
Humor; call-to-action; audience awareness; and slide techniques.
Dick Hardt - Identity 2.0
Lessig method, speech opening, humor, repetition, contrast, analogies.
Interviews revealing insights from fascinating individuals in and around the speaking industry.
Resources for Speakers
Lists, research, and sites of interest to public speakers.
Ask Six Minutes
Articles written in response to questions from our readers.
Includes general skills beyond speaking, such as listening, language, personality, and interpersonal skills.
Tips and techniques to get the most value out of competitive speaking.
The Lighter Side
Fun and humorous perspectives on public speaking.
Reflections on news items, current events, or other topics of interest to speakers.
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