Best Public Speaking Articles: Weekly Review [2009-01-03]
On Saturdays, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.
This week’s review features topics including:
- the best communicator of 2008;
- public speaking resolutions for 2009;
- basics of sketching (at a whiteboard or flipchart);
- brevity in humor; and
- new public speaking books for January.
Week in Review: Six Minutes
- 21 Questions: Is This The Year You Communicate Effectively?
New Year’s Resolutions to become a more effective communicator in 2009.
- Why Pausch, not Obama, is Best Communicator of 2008
A response to Bert Decker’s thought-provoking annual Best and Worst Communicators of 2008 list.
Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere
Resources for Speakers – Recent Releases
Here’s some of the best public speaking books recently released:
- Trust Me: Four Steps to Authenticity and Charisma by Nick Morgan
- Speak Up!: A Woman's Guide to Presenting Like a Pro by Cyndi Maxey
- Getting Together: Icebreakers and Group Energizers by Lorraine L. Ukens
- Flip Charts: How to Draw Them and How to Use Them by Richard C. Brandt
- The Trainer's Handbook by Karen Lawson
- Olivia Mitchell references a study from Richard Mayer which emphasizes the importance of keeping all aspects of your presentation relevant to your message.
Don’t include a story that is interesting and emotionally engaging but not 100% conceptually relevant. Though in the short-term you’ll keep the attention of your audience, it will sacrifice focus and understanding of your core message.
- John Kinde encourages brevity for public speaking humor.
- Brevity makes strong structure.
- Brevity clarifies.
- Brevity gives focus.
- Brevity creates scarcity.
- Brevity teaches discipline.
- Brevity makes you appear funnier.
- Doug Neff points out that you can create great visuals with your own props and camera.
I LOVE this slide! And it’s not even really a slide. He didn’t use PowerPoint at all. He just wrote out his recipe in black magic marker on some cardboard or parchment, surrounded it with the ingredients themselves, then framed it nicely with a camera. Beautiful!
- Laura Bergells believes that PowerPoint slides with simple images and minimal words have swung the pendulum too far.
You can feel, see, and hear the pendulum swinging all around you!
- 1987? Lotsa words. Lotsa bullet points.
- 2007? Few words. Simple pictures.
How about making 2009 the year of the middle way between these two approaches?
- Dave Gray demonstrates “some basic rules for napkin sketching.” Really, it’s more than that. The basics of sketching apply when you present with a whiteboard, flipchart, or any other live drawing medium.
- Dave Paradi briefly discusses keeping a journal to improve as a speaker.
[…] take a few minutes to note down in a journal what went well that presentation and what didn’t work so well […] The benefit of noting it in a journal is that you can see patterns emerge. […] Use the trends that appear as a more reliable indicator than the reactions of a single audience.
- Lisa Braithwaite offers six ways to improve the training environment for employee orientations.
- Bring toys and candy.
- Incorporate breaks and movement.
- Vary the visuals.
- Incorporate interaction.
- Give opportunities for bonding.
- Make orientation a celebration.