Public Speaking Blogosphere: Week in Review [2008-03-22]
Every Saturday, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.
This week’s selection includes:
- speech preparation;
- a book review;
- making a great first impression;
- visual aids and slideware;
- and many more…
Week in Review: Six Minutes
Three articles were featured this week:
- Speech Preparation #10: Prepare to Win a Toastmasters Speech Contest
The Speech Preparation Series concluded with advice for putting yourself in a position to win a speech contest. If you are among the dozens of new Six Minutes subscribers since this series began, you may with to start reading at the beginning of this popular series.
- Jeff Bailey responds to the article series by urging speakers to actively contemplate during speech preparation.
- Business Communications Book Review: Fire Them Up!
Public speaking book reviews continue with an examination of communications coach Carmine Gallo’s latest offering.
- Presentation Zen Slide Examples
A set of 85 slides which reveal many insights into great design of visuals.
Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere
These are the best public speaking articles I read in the past week.
- Dave Wheeler examines a news story where the Mayor of St. Paul is criticized for delivering a speech without notes or teleprompter. Criticized?
- Susan Trivers reminds business public speakers that time spent preparing is time well spent.
- Pete Ryckman suggests reading your speech aloud early in the speechwriting process.
- Pete also discusses the relationship between your presentation and the hierarchy of data, information, knowledge, and wisdom.
- Rhett Laubach provides a guide to authenticity from Norma Hollis.
- Thomas Sechehaye reports that you only have seven seconds before your audience forms their impression about you, and provides five tips for making those seconds count.
- John Kinde references Doug Stevenson’s 9-step storytelling method and provides a video link.
Visual Aids and Slideware
- Ellen Finkelstein answers: How many bullets should I put on a slide?
- John Windsor asks this about your PowerPoint style: Are you predictable?
- Dave Paradi argues that sometimes less is not more when it comes to slides.
- Garr Reynolds points to a few examples which show that words, not slide bullets, are the essence of the presentation.