Article Category: Weekend Reviews

Best Public Speaking Articles: Weekly Review [2008-11-08]

Week In ReviewOn Saturdays, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere. Topics featured include:

  • book reviews;
  • writing a eulogy;
  • lectern issues;
  • Q&A sessions;
  • bad PowerPoint slides;
  • speaking with a lavaliere microphone; and
  • Toastmasters in a down economy.

Six Minutes

Week in Review: Six Minutes

The feature article this week was the latest in a series of speech critiques which help you analyze and learn from excellent speeches:

Public Speaking Blogs

Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere

Speaker Resources

We open this week with six book reviews — great books recommended by my fellow public speaking bloggers:

But, it’s not all about book reviews…

It’s just around $1000 and for that price it’s very bright (2100 lumens) and crisp. It has a native XGA Resolution of 1024 x 768 which is all I need. It’s only 4.2 pounds and fits easily into my bag along with one or two MacBook Pros. Even if the venue says they will provide the projector, I carry this along now just as a backup.


  1. You don’t have to provide an outline of their entire life.
  2. You don’t have to do a ton of research or talk to lots of other people.
  3. You don’t have to lie.
  4. You don’t have to make people laugh.
  5. You don’t have to get it exactly right.
  6. You don’t have to have a complicated structure.
  7. Rehearsal is critical.
  8. Have two sets of notes.
  9. Have a back-up.
  10. Think of your audience in concentric circles.
  11. Think small.

Delivery Techniques

Lecterns may be a good focal point and, in the case of eulogies and religious readings, they can add the required dignity to the occasion but for other types of speaking […] you must be bigger than the lectern: in other words, be lively and animated in your delivery and don’t bury your face in your written materials…

  1. Think through what your audience is likely to ask.
  2. Answer their specific questions.
  3. Ask for clarification.
  4. Ask questions.
  5. Don’t let [the Q&A session] just peter out.

Visual Aids

I came across this presentation from an Analyst at Morgan Stanley and it epitomises everything that is wrong with the way most people use PowerPoint. Honestly! it doesn’t have to be like this. Don’t deluge your audience with data. These slides are so busy that after a couple you just want to give up.

Speaker Habits

The best place to place the lavaliere microphone is about 4 inches under the chin, clipped onto the presenters shirt or blouse. […]

Gentlemen presenters [should] wear a shirt that has a buttoned collar […]

[L]adies, even though it looks sexy, low cut blouses don’t work for using lavaliere microphones. When you clip the mic to the center, it is 10+ inches from the source of the audio […]

Toastmasters Articles

In the 1970’s, Warren Buffet was buying stocks when others were predicting the end of stock markets and trying to sell out. […]

How does this relate to Toastmasters? As the people around you spend less on their education, spend less becoming better speakers, you can be spending the money now, so when the economy improves, you have the skill set to be successful.

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