Article Category: Weekend Reviews

Public Speaking Blogosphere: Week in Review [2008-03-15]

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

This week’s selection is an educational feast. Get comfortable, and dig in to topics such as:

  • speech preparation;
  • hand position;
  • humor techniques;
  • the “rule of 6” for slides;
  • and many more…

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Week in Review: Six Minutes

The Speech Preparation Series continued this week with three more articles:

Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere

Public Speaking Blogs

These are the best public speaking articles I read in the past week.

“[…] part of effective communication is to listen using your ears and you eyes for feedback from your audience.”

But how does your audience perceive you? This is really the key issue. The question is not whether you are or aren’t qualified. The audience’s perception of you is, unfortunately, all that matters.

Public Speaking Humor

Studying Observational Humor Monologues, you slowly begin to see how humor connections are made. One step at a time. We grow in baby steps. And the exciting thing is…the better you get…the faster you get better.

Visual Aids and Slideware

– No more than 6 slides without a picture
– No more than 6 bullet points per slide
– No more than 6 words per bullet point

Toastmasters (Contest) Blog Articles

  • Wayne Botha considers the merits of restraint as a mentor, coach, or presenter.
  • This just arrived in my inbox. There’s a “part 2” for the teleconference I pointed to in last week’s review.

    Someone informed me that you’d posted a blurb on your blog about the open speech contest teleconference. Thanks for the extra publicity. If you’d like to post it, I’m doing another one on Wednesday, March 19. The direct link to info about it is:

    Jim Key, DTM
    World Champion of Public Speaking
    District 50 Area 71 Governor

And, to Close…

This week’s comic inspiration is from the March 3rd Dilbert comic.

Are your actions consistent with your message?
Lack of authenticity leads to a lack of credibility which leads to your audience shutting their ears.

Dilbert - Inconsistent Messages

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