Article Category: Weekend Reviews

Public Speaking Blogosphere: Week in Review [2008-02-23]

Week In ReviewSaturday signals a scan of the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.

Just a few of the topics featured this week are:

  • Pauses and pause fillers;
  • Public speaking in the mainstream news;
  • Visual aids; and
  • Toastmaster.

Six Minutes

Week in Review: Six Minutes

One article was featured this week at the Six Minutes blog:

I have been busy writing a series of articles on speech preparation. Watch for the first of these soon.

Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere

Public Speaking Blogs

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

Probably the most powerful vocal technique you will ever learn in speaking is the ‘power of the pause…

  • The Sense Pause
  • The Dramatic Pause
  • The Emphatic Pause
  • The Sentence-Completion Pause

A good presentation is a river. A bad one is a canal.

Articles about Visual Aids

When we read, we are subvocalizing […] If we’re listening to the words in our heads that we’re reading on the slides, we can’t also be listening to the speaker say the same thing at the same time.

The Rudolph Rule – if you want your audience to notice something, then it needs to stand out. The human brain, “is a difference detector,” says Kosslyn, so make the thing you want to draw you audience’s attention to different – size, shape, bold, italics, separation. Even a small difference will cause the human eye to notice what’s important.

When asked to select the top three things that annoy them about bad PowerPoint presentations, the respondents cited the following as the most annoying:

  • “The speaker read the slides to us” – 67.4%
  • “Full sentences instead of bullet points” – 45.4%
  • “Text so small I couldn’t read it” – 45%

Why does the typical PowerPoint Presenter follow this process:
1. Open PowerPoint.
2. Type in (or Copy and Paste) all the data known about a topic,
3. Get up and read the slides to the audience?

Toastmasters Blog Articles

Help Improve The Weekly Reviews

The public speaking weekly reviews like this one have been a regular Saturday feature for two months now on the Six Minutes blog. Several cherished readers tell me they love the reviews. It’s flattering to hear this, and I want to ensure that the reviews keep getting better.

Feedback is essential for a public speaker; the same is true for a blog author. So, please help me improve these reviews by telling me what you like and what you wish was done better. You can comment on the blog, or email me.

  • Can the format be improved?
  • Do quotes/images from articles enhance the review, or clutter it?
  • Is the number of featured articles appropriate? Too many? Too few?
  • What would make the reviews more valuable for you?

Thanks in advance. See you next Saturday!

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  1. Craig says:

    The review is great as is – I look foward to reading it each week, keep it up!