Public Speaking Articles: Week in Review [2008-04-26]
Every Saturday, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.
Topics featured this week include:
- the launch of a Toastmasters article series;
- media training;
- slide design;
- speaking cliches; and
- insight into speaking fees of professional speakers.
Week in Review: Six Minutes
Three articles were featured this week:
- Stop Rehearsing! 3 Critical Things to Do Before Your Speech
Study the venue, meet your audience, and participate in the agenda — these are all more important than last-second rehearsing.
- Toastmasters Speech Series: Your Guide to the First 10 Speeches
The launch of an article series which will examine public speaking fundamentals according to the Toastmasters educational program.
- Toastmasters Speech 1: The Ice Breaker
Tips, techniques, ideas, and sample speeches for the first Toastmasters speech.
Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere
These are the best public speaking articles from the past week:
- John Windsor argues that it is better for a speaker to be effective than electrifying.
- Rhett Laubach emphasizes the steps you need to take before you generate your outline.
- TJ Walker gives a brief lesson in media training by showing the types of quotes an interviewer loves.
- Cliff Atkinson gives a tutorial on slide design.
- Diane DiResta shows (in video) how to move around with purpose when speaking.
- Pete Ryckman explains that public speakers have an advantage over many other communications media: a captive audience.
- Ian Griffin tells all as motivational speaker Alison Levine reveals her speaking fees.
- John Kinde outlines the timing to use when attempting humor with visual aids.
- Melissa Lewis exposes “five tired, worn out speaking cliches.”
Toastmasters Contest Articles
- (District 51 Speech Contest Champion) K Loghandran provides 15 tips for contest success.
- From the Oameni Si Fluturi blog, here is a first-hand account from a contest in London about how a speech can touch the soul of spectator.
Make Your Slides Simple…
Here’s a warning from the web comic xkcd.
“Bear with me for a moment” may buy you a few seconds, but audiences won’t be patient forever. If you find yourself saying this over and over again, it’s a good indication that your slides are far too complex. Eliminate unnecessary elements, and retain only the meaningful bits of any slide.