Article Category: Weekend Reviews

Best Public Speaking Articles: Weekly Review [2008-07-12]

Week In ReviewEvery Saturday, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere. Topics featured this week include:

  • telling stories versus retaining your privacy;
  • utilizing a Kindle in your speaking repertoire;
  • video and PowerPoint templates;
  • the fine line between presentations and performances; and
  • an interview with a championship speaker.

Public Speaking Blogs

Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere


[…] there’s this perception that being a good speaker and a good writer are mutually exclusive. […] it’s the complete opposite – writers can make great speakers because the skills necessary to be successful in both endeavors are very similar.

Speaker Habits

Visual Aids

I use FREEZE FRAME video when I do my presentation skills training seminars and individual coaching. This technique consistently gets super high ratings because people can learn techniques better when they see them in action.

If you buy that premise, then individual slide titles are virtually irrelevant. They become the equivalent of saying, “Here’s what I’m going to tell you now.” That just gets in the way of the story you’re telling and risks talking down to your audience.

Delivery Techniques

I agree that for professional and highly-experienced speakers – performance is an element. But I don’t think it’s a useful concept for most business presentations.

Toastmasters Articles

  • James Feudo interviewed Rich Hopkins. (Rich won 3rd place in the 2006 World Championship of public speaking, and is competing in the 2008 finals in August.)

Question: What are your top three pieces of advice for people aspiring to become better speakers?


  1. Find an audience and speak!
  2. Videotape yourself.
  3. Find a coach – whether a group of Toastmasters, a mentor, or a paid coach.

It’s near impossible to do alone, unless you only want to become better at talking to yourself!

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  1. Andrew, just to refresh your memory about how I feel about performance in presentations, here’s my post about it from last year:

    Personally, I’m all about intertwining fun with education.