Article Category: Weekend Reviews

Best Public Speaking Articles: Weekly Review [2008-08-16]

Week In ReviewEvery Saturday, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.

Topics featured this week include:

  • an acrylic lectern you have to see;
  • tips for designing an effective message;
  • the Ignite Method of presentation;
  • and more.

Six Minutes

Week in Review: Six Minutes

The feature article this week profiled the 10 contestants vying to win the World Championship of Public Speaking in Calgary, Alberta on August 16th, 2008.

Public Speaking Blogs

Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere

Speaker Resources

One of the problems when I was out on the road as a speaker was that often there was no lectern… The fact that it has Brian Jenner, Speechwriter on the front looks very slick and you always get some open-mouthed admiration.


What are the elements which would cause someone to watch a DVD recording and say, “I’d pay money to have that speaker talk to my group.”

There are five basic goals of every effective message and messenger. You want your audience to do these five things with your message…

  1. Want it
  2. Get it
  3. Keep it
  4. Use it
  5. Share it

Delivery Techniques

  • Olivia Mitchell provides 7 tips for creating easy-to-use notes. [This should be common sense, but with so many presenters still using PowerPoint slides as their personal notes, this article from Olivia is needed.]

If you use PowerPoint slides as your notes, you’re relegating PowerPoint to an administrative role – a crucial one – but still administrative. That means it can’t be an equal partner with you. Until it can break out of that role, you can’t exploit it’s full power.

Visual Aids

Toastmasters Articles

But the point of the manual is that you should push yourself beyond the comfort zone in TM so you know what works and what doesn’t when it matters.

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  1. Well, if you must use a lectern, clear is the way to go!

    Since I can’t bear to stand behind a lectern, I carry a small document stand with me that fits into my file box with the rest of my materials, and easily props up on a table, or even a chair, if there’s no other place to put my notes. Like this: