Monthly Archive for November, 2008

Looking for the perfect gift for the public speaker in your life?

Looking for something to add to your own personal wishlist?

Here’s a great list of ideas inspired by emails telling me the gifts that public speakers really want.

Stocking stuffers, moderate, deluxe, and priceless gifts — a comprehensive list with dozens of public speaking gift ideas for you or the public speaker in your life.

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On Saturdays, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.


Just a few of the topics featured this week are:

  • 9 steps of story structure;
  • fascinating videos featuring kinetic type;
  • how to obtain business through free educational seminars; and
  • Toastmasters topics for discussion.

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Last week, we asked readers to recommend their favorite books in public speaking, presentation skills, or related fields.

Thank you! Six Minutes readers answered the call with 16 book recommendations. Some books have been reviewed on Six Minutes. Some are on my wish list. And some were brand new to me.

How about you? Which of these appeal to you? Have a comment to share?

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On Saturdays, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere.

This review is super-sized with an incredible diversity of high-quality articles.

Just a few of the topics featured are:

  • phrases which irritate audiences;
  • shifting the focus from you to your audience;
  • the medieval speechwriter;
  • a plethora of visual aid tips;
  • more on Barack Obama; and
  • lessons learned from competitive speaking.

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Whenever my friends and family ask me what I want for Christmas or birthday gifts, I always start with my book wishlist.

As I work on this year’s list, you might guess that many public speaking and presentation skills books are included. You are right!

I’m going to post my my personal public speaking gift wishlist and recommendations in an article next week, but I’d like your help too. And, I’m going to reward a Six Minutes reader with a great public speaking book.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008. History was made.

The immediate impact is tremendous, etched on the faces of millions as they watched the results and listened to the speeches. The longer-term impact has yet to be written.

While we can’t accurately predict the next four years, we can assess the speeches from election night. Both Barack Obama and John McCain received praise for their performances.

Watch the speeches, and then read the analysis from many sources.

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On Saturdays, we survey the best public speaking articles from throughout the public speaking blogosphere. Topics featured include:

  • book reviews;
  • writing a eulogy;
  • lectern issues;
  • Q&A sessions;
  • bad PowerPoint slides;
  • speaking with a lavaliere microphone; and
  • Toastmasters in a down economy.

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Is fifth grader Dalton Sherman the next Barack Obama?

Of course, it’s far too early to tell, but that’s how he refers to himself in an interview on the Ellen show, where my wife first saw this extraordinary young man who can teach us all something about inspirational speaking.

This article reviews the keynote address at the Dallas Independent School District (D.I.S.D.) Teachers’ Conference delivered by a 5th grade student: 10-year-old Dalton Sherman from Charles Rice Learning Center.

This article is the latest in a series of video speech critiques which help you analyze and learn from excellent speeches.

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A few minutes ago, I received the following email from Angie Key (a fellow public speaking blogger and Toastmaster):

I know your blog has a significant readership … and especially since you did an interview with LaShunda recently, I wanted to share this with you:

Newest World Champion Fights for Her Life

Please check Angie’s blog for news and updates.

If you don’t recognize LaShunda’s name, you may wish to read more about her in the interview she recently did with Six Minutes where she kindly offered insights on her World Championship victory, her speaking career, and her remarkable life story.

Please include LaShunda in your thoughts.