Public Speaking Articles: Week in Review [2008-05-17]
Every Saturday, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.
Topics featured this week include:
- a trio of in-depth article series;
- three articles on introductions;
- marketing yourself as a speaker;
- keys to Toastmasters success; and
- much more!
Week in Review: Six Minutes
This week featured 1 article on Six Minutes:
- Lessons I Learned from Toastmasters Speech Contests
A series of lessons learned from competitive speaking over the past few years.
Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere
These are the best recent public speaking articles:
- John Watkis points out that practice alone will not make you perfect if you continue to reinforce bad habits.
- Susan Trivers matches story types to the key point you need to make in your business.
- Denise Graveline discusses how your personality type impacts you speaking style.
- John Windsor provides tips for mastering the 3-minute presentation.
- Peter Cohan itemizes “the meaningless-filler gratuitous-phrases vocabulary list“. (i.e. words and phrases not to use when you are speaking)
- Olivia Mitchell argues that maybe you don’t need an attention-grabbing opening.
In-Depth Article Series
- Lisa Braithwaite penned a series of 3 articles on four preparation rituals: focusing, distraction, mental preparation, and physical preparation.
- Nick Morgan recently completed a 9-article series on body language. Here’s the first article, while the others can be found in the sidebar on his site.
- Kevin Hogan recently completed a 5-article series on “ten ways to flub a story.” (The remaining articles can be found from his homepage.)
How important are speaker introductions?
- Chris Elliott establishes the importance of a speaker introduction and suggests four key elements.
- Wayne Botha tackles the same content by illustrating a horrible introduction.
- Denise Graveline emphasizes that an introduction is about today’s topic, not your resume.
Professional Speaking: Marketing Yourself and Making Money
- Ford Harding argues that you must discover who is in your audience to improve your chances of turning them into future clients, and then provides four ways to do this.
- Paul Roberts discusses whether a publicist is a viable option for securing speaking engagements and launching a public speaking career.