Public Speaking Blogs: The Definitive List

Public Speaking Blogosphere

The public speaking blogosphere: a large and varied space with fuzzy edges spanning many disciplines. There are public speaking blogs which focus on speech delivery, visual presentation design, speechwriting, humor, personal development, and interpersonal communication.

Public Speaking Bloggers: A Diverse Group

One is a world champion speaker; some speak professionally; others chronicle their first speaking steps. Many are authors – some more than once. Many are Toastmasters. Or were Toastmasters. Or recommend joining Toastmasters. Women and men. Young and old.

The only unanimous traits are (1) a passion for giving so that others may be educated and entertained, and (2) a way to subscribe to their articles with an easy subscription.

Learn from the Public Speaking Blogosphere

I compiled this snapshot of the public speaking blogosphere with three primary aims:

  • To aid readers in the discovery of excellent public speaking blogs;
  • To build ties within the community of bloggers;
  • To provide encouragement to current and future public speaking bloggers.

For each blog below, sample articles are linked to give a flavor of the blogger’s style.

Twitter List

You can find a comprehensive Twitter List containing all of the known Twitter accounts for these bloggers here: @6minutes/public-speaking-bloggers .

Help Keep This List Updated

If you know of a blog that should be added, or if one of the blogs listed below is no longer available, or if you have any other ideas for updating the list, please contact Six Minutes.

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118 Public Speaking Blogs

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Lisa Braithwaite: Speak Schmeak
Twitter: @LisaBraithwaite
Lisa posts articles nearly every day, and she spreads words of encouragement through the public speaking blogosphere in article comments.
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Bert Decker: Decker Blog
Twitter: @BertDecker
Bert is a well-respected communications coach and author. His blog regularly features communications commentary on political and current events.
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Garr Reynolds: Presentation Zen
Twitter: @presentationzen
Presentation Zen may be the most well-known presentation skills blog thanks, in part, to the book of the same name (reviewed here). His articles tend to link presentation skills for speakers to design fundamentals in art, music, and other disciplines.
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Nancy Duarte: Slide:ology
Twitter: @nancyduarte
Companion to the bestselling Slide:ology book (reviewed here). Nancy Duarte and other members of the Duarte Design team contribute regularly.
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Ian Griffin: Professionally Speaking
Twitter: @cheshirelad
Ian's blog regularly features interviews with professional speakers as well as insights from his experiences with the National Speaking Association.
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Nick R Thomas: A Public Speaker's Blog
Twitter: @NickRThomas
Nick's blog features real-life anecdotes taken from his professional speaking assignments, and every one includes at least one public speaking tip.
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John Kinde: Humor Power
Twitter: @HumorPower
John's regular Observational Humor and Cartoon Caption series are anticipated reads every month. John is one of many on this list to offer an email newsletter in addition to his blog.
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John Windsor: You Blog
Consistently emphasizes the importance of focussing on your audience.
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Troy Chollar: The PowerPoint Blog
Many how-to mini-tutorials.
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Tom Antion: Great Public Speaking
Twitter: @TomAntion
Tom's blog is one of the oldest public speaking blogs, and focusses on platform tips and techniques for professional speakers. This blog is one part of his vast network of websites which drive people to his products.
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Bronwyn Ritchie: Pivotal Public Speaking
Twitter: @bronwynr
Bronwyn primarily links to articles elsewhere, including her own (non-blog) site.
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Sarah Marks: Ah, Um, Er... A Toastmaster's Blog
Twitter: @librarygurl
Focussed on the Toastmasters Educational program. Includes an innovative set of podcasts. (Something I'd love to see from other bloggers in this sphere.)
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Tim Wilson: Public Speaking Library
Daily bite-sized articles of a few sentences each.
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Max Atkinson
Twitter: @maxatkinson
Self-description: "Jottings on public speaking, presentation, conversation, and anything else that occurs to me about communication."
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Kate Peters: Kate's Voice
Twitter: @k8peters
As her blog title suggests, Kate writes about voice qualities and vocal delivery.
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Barbara Kite: Great Speakers and Acting Skills
Twitter: @bmklena
Emphasizes the importance of acting skills for public speakers.
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Art of Speaking
Primarily a directory of public speaking articles and links to presentation videos.
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Jay Heinrichs: It Figures
All about figures of speech.
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Speaking Life
Mostly in English, but includes some Mandarin.
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