Public Speaking Articles: Week in Review [2008-03-29]
Every Saturday, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.
This week’s selection includes:
- a free visual design e-book;
- educational speaking tips;
- audience issues;
- Toastmasters speech contest updates;
- and many more…
Week in Review: Six Minutes
Two articles were featured this week:
- How to Speak: 7 Speaking Tips from Patrick Henry Winston
Seven lessons extracted from a 45-minute video which includes dozens of tips for educational speaking situations.
- Free E-book – Visualizing Information for Advocacy: An Introduction to Information Design
Fantastic 44-page resource packed with examples that illustrate visual design principles that you can apply in PowerPoint.
Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere
These are the best public speaking articles I read in the past week.
- Lisa Braithwaite reminds us that audience members need breaks at 90 minute intervals.
- Pete Ryckman advises extra preparation when you have a “really big-deal speech.”
- John Watkis examines helpful techniques when you are delivering a “difficult” speech.
- Nick R Thomas wonders how to find the right audience for your presentation.
Sometimes the market for a particular presentation is wider than you think so don’t just look for the obvious speaking opportunities; instead, consider all aspects of your topic and think who else it might possibly appeal to.
Public Speaking Humor
- Jason Peck reminds us that funny words contain hard sounds, particularly “k”.
Casey Stengel, that’s a funny name. Robert Taylor is not funny. Cupcake is funny. Tomato is not funny. Cookie is funny. Maryland is not funny. Then, there’s chicken. Chicken is funny. Pickle is funny.
Toastmasters (Contest) Blog Articles
- Angie Flinn reports on meeting her personal challenge to compete this year.
… if you’re afraid of something, maybe you should do it because there’s a growth opportunity in there for you … and my next growth opportunity lies in competing.
- Jason Peck relates his experience as a test speaker for an evaluation contest, and follows it up with a sequel praising the benefits.
- Wayne Botha reflects on contest season from the Area Governor perspective.
- Rich Hopkins: Another contest, another victory.
And, to Close…
This week’s comic-based speaking inspiration is again from Jessica Hagy.
You can draw speechwriting inspiration from this comic as it demonstrates the power of painting a picture with words. Visually descriptive phrases like “people in black” or “small notice in paper” transport your audience to the context of your speech story.