Article Category: Weekend Reviews

Public Speaking Blogosphere: Week in Review [2008-03-08]

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

Topics featured this week include:

  • Speech writing;
  • Political speaking;
  • Flip chart tips;
  • Toastmasters contests; and
  • 8 New public speaking blogs.

Six Minutes

Week in Review: Six Minutes

This week opened with a public speaking book review:

The Speech Preparation Series continued this week with the three more articles:

Four more articles are coming next week that will cover staging, body language, vocal variety, practice, self-critiques, and Toastmasters speech contests.

Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere

Public Speaking Blogs

These are the best public speaking articles I read in the past week.

By using the word you in place of “I”, you’re automatically getting your audience to think about your content more and how it relates to them.

If you are brave enough to be vulnerable, to tell the unvarnished truth with emotional honesty, you may have what it takes to change someone’s life.

  • Pete Ryckman offers a humorous analogy explaining why “data dump” presentations are bad:

It’s as if the data dumper says, “I have the gift for you. It’s the world’s greatest laptop — lightweight, brilliant screen, longest-battery life, coolest looking. There’s only one catch. What you actually get is a box of 200 parts — and no instructions. Good luck.”

Politically Speaking

For a look at what makes Obama’s public speaking skills so effective, I outline four techniques he’s mastered and explain ways to use them in your own repertoire.

Visual Aids and Slideware

Toastmasters (Contest) Blog Articles

Eight New Public Speaking Blogs

Eight more blogs have been added to the public speaking blogosphere list, bringing the total to 86 blogs.

Here are the new entries, by category, along with a link to a sample article to give you a flavor of their style:

General Public Speaking Blogs: 2-5 posts/week

General Public Speaking Blogs: 1-2 posts/week

Visual Presentation Blogs

Professional Speaker Blogs

Part-time Public Speaking Blogs

Thank you for helping to spread the word, thus helping to achieve the primary aim of the list: “to aid readers in the discovery of excellent public speaking blogs.”

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  1. Terry Gault says:

    Andrew – Thanks for the plug.
    You might note the post on Hans Rosling on our blog and the plug for your terrific review. BTW, you might have learned that the YouTube video of Hans Rosling has been removed. You’ll need to link your blog to the TED Talks site here: