Best Public Speaking Articles: Weekly Review [2008-06-21]
Every Saturday, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.
Topics featured this week include:
- using statistics in a presentation;
- persuasive speaking;
- sales presentations;
- humorous sounds;
- choosing the best type of visuals;
- the benefits of gesturing;
- and more…
Week in Review: Six Minutes
Earlier this week, I published one article as a guest article on John Hewitt’s blog:
- Wrap Your Naked Statistics in a Warm Blanket of Meaning
Provides examples and a simple technique for using statistics which connect with your audience and strengthen your argument.
Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere
- Kevin Hogan recently completed an article series about influence and persuasion, citing several examples of how you can persuade your audience to think in a certain way by “priming” their brain.
- Susan Trivers completed an article series on winning sales presentations, drawing examples from a real-life presentation coaching scenario.
- Lisa Braithwaite cites research to back up her claim that adequate rest and sleep before a presentation improves your performance.
- Pete Ryckman provides several recommendations for preparing notes that allow you to speak with them effectively.
- Kevin Cummings gives several tips for injecting humor into your speeches by focussing on the sounds of the words.
PowerPoint and Slide Design
- Andrew Abela writes about visualization taxonomies and offers a pair of illustrations aimed at helping you decide what type of visual helps you convey your idea most effectively.
- Olivia Mitchell describes three benefits of gesturing.
- Matt Kleinosky pitches a bold grassroots proposal for a new Competent Evaluator track to run parallel to Communication and Leadership tracks.