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Best Public Speaking Articles: Weekly Review [2008-05-24]


Week In ReviewEvery Saturday, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.

Topics featured this week include:

  • the standard for conference presentations;
  • teleprompter (mis)use;
  • audience considerations;
  • humor tips; and
  • PowerPoint advice.

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Week in Review: Six Minutes

This week featured one article on Six Minutes:

Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere

Public Speaking Blogs These are the best recent public speaking articles:

Here’s what a speaker owes an audience that travels to engage in person: more than they could get by just reading the transcript.

[…] it’s not very difficult to learn it – takes very little practice. And once done, you can ‘appear’ to be speaking to the entire audience – not just stiffly reading and moving your head from side to side – 4 seconds by 4 seconds.

[…] hosting any event is a performance; as such rehearsal and attention to detail are a must; grooming, dress, choice of accessories, all these small details must be considered carefully because all eyes are on you for much of the time.

Audience Articles

This is where the God question comes in handy. The God question takes various forms – usually prefaced by the phrase ” If you were God…..” followed by words that might elicit a more voluminous response.

  1. Don’t be Disorganized
  2. Don’t Make it All About You
  3. Don’t Communicate More Than Your Audience Can Absorb
  4. Don’t Get Blindsided by Questions
  5. Don’t Apologize

Humor Articles

If you direct a punch line or comment to a person in the audience, the other members of the audience will naturally look in that direction. If they see someone laughing, there is a high probability they will laugh too.

  1. Ensure that your joke is funny to begin with.
  2. Ensure that the audience has the ability to laugh about your joke.
  3. Deliver it in a way that encourages the audience to laugh.

PowerPoint Articles

In order to help your audience understand where the current slide sits in the whole structure, you can create section markers that appear throughout the presentation. Each slid displays all of the section names, but the current section is bold, or a different color, so that the audience always knows which section you’re currently discussing.

  1. PowerPoint = Strategy
  2. Bullets Make PowerPoint Great
  3. Maximize All Slide Real Estate
  4. State the Problem Plainly
  5. Animations and Special Effects Are Critical
  6. Data Is the Heart of Every Presentation
  7. Presentations Should Start Fast
  8. The Presentation Is Everything

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