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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.

Speechwriting

Crafting content which is compelling and memorable.

Delivery Techniques

Body language, vocal variety, audience interaction, and other advice to deliver your message effectively.

Speaker Habits

Habits which help you become a complete well-rounded speaker.
     

Book Reviews

Reviews of books which cover public speaking, presentation skills, and communication methods.
Telling Ain't Training - Harold Stolovitch and Erica Keeps
Harold Stolovitch and Erica Keeps
Thank You For Arguing - Jay Heinrichs
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
Scott Berkun
Universal Principles of Design - William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler
William Lidwell, Kritina Holden, and Jill Butler
Multimedia Learning - Richard E. Mayer
Richard E. Mayer
You've Got to Be Believed to Be Heard - Bert Decker
Bert Decker
Fire Them Up! - Carmine Gallo
Carmine Gallo
The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking - Dale Carnegie
Dale Carnegie

Speech Critiques

Speech evaluations which analyze great speakers and illustrate the techniques which make them great.
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.
     
  

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3  call to action
5  career
2  charisma
2  christmas
3  confidence
4  contest
6  contrast
9  credibility
1  cultural communication
2  downloads
3  editing
1  emcee
9  emotion
8  ethos
19  evaluation
7  eye contact
1  facebook
3  facial expressions
6  famous speeches
3  fear
2  feedback
4  filler words
1  flip chart
1  food and drink
1  Franklin Roosevelt
9  gestures
1  google plus
1  haiku
2  handouts
1  hendiatris
5  humor about speaking
1  Ignite presentations
2  impromptu speaking
3  in memoriam
2  inspirational speech
1  interview skills
1  jargon
1  John F. Kennedy
1  lectern
1  lessig method
1  lesson plan
17  lists
3  logic
3  logistics
6  logos
4  making money from speaking
2  marketing for speakers
5  metaphors
4  nervousness
2  nonverbal communication
3  notes
1  onomatopoeia
2  parallel structure
5  pathos
12  pause
4  persuasion
1  pinterest
9  political speeches
13  PowerPoint
14  practice
10  preparation series
17  presentation
1  presentation skills ebook
6  presenting data
12  professional speaking
2  props
2  psychology of public speaking
101  public speaking blogs
59  public speaking books
1  public speaking education
6  public speaking gear
5  public speaking resolutions
4  Q&A
1  quotations
3  readersurvey
1  religious speech
10  repetition
12  rhetorical devices
4  rhetorical question
1  rule of thirds
13  rule of three
1  simplicity
7  sixminutes
9  slide design
2  slide fonts
1  speaker clothing
8  speaking rate
2  speaking research
10  speaking skills
1  special occasion speech
1  specialty speeches
9  speech closing
6  speech contest
26  speech examples
5  speech humor
2  speech introduction
13  speech opening
8  speech outline
7  speech timing
2  speech topic
4  speech transitions
1  staging
9  storytelling
1  Suicide by PowerPoint
1  surveys
8  TED
1  teleprompter
2  The Last Lecture
17  Toastmasters
1  tricolon
2  twitter
2  verbal crutches
15  video
21  visuals
10  vocal variety
5  voice
1  webinar
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