Article Category: Weekend Reviews

Best Public Speaking Articles: Weekly Review [2008-05-31]

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

Topics featured this week include:

  • learning from Steve Jobs;
  • conferences, charisma, and confidence (3 separate articles);
  • speechwriting tips;
  • PowerPoint and slide design; and
  • Toastmasters tips.

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Week in Review: Six Minutes

This week featured two articles on Six Minutes:

Week in Review: Public Speaking Blogosphere

Public Speaking Blogs

  1. Be authoritative
  2. Define your community
  3. Halt PowerPoint abuse
  4. Enforce points of view
  5. Pay the presenters
  6. Showcase more new smart faces
  7. Tap into audience wisdom
  8. Serve good food
  9. Provide reliable WiFi
  10. Remember that less is more

Everyone agrees that is an important and desirable characteristic whether you are a salesperson, a team leader, a presenter or a teacher but it seems such an intangible thing.

So the next time you’re faced with having to give a speech and pondering whether it’ll affect your life if you skip out of it, consider what you stand to gain by giving a great presentation.

Speechwriting Advice

  1. Use dialogue as a hook.
  2. Use direct quotes for emotional impact.
  3. Set the stage for quotes.

So here’s what you can learn from Seth’s presentation:

  • state your key message early in your presentation
  • link back and repeat your key message at every opportunity
  • use evidence to back up your points
  • ensure you link each example to the point you’re making
  • have one or two well-chosen examples for each point

Stories can explain origins. Did your vision begin with personal computers in a garage, nerdy and high-tech, or did you have an idea about saving money? Don’t give us the facts, give us the story.

PowerPoint and Slide Design

  1. Create a custom color scheme
  2. Format the slide master
  3. Choose a background
  4. Tell ‘n’ show
  5. Use simple layouts

He is reminding employees to be cost conscious and he used the practice of using PowerPoint as an example of waste. Watanabe said that (in the good old days?) they used to use one piece of paper to make a clear point or proposal, or to summarize an issue, but now everything is in PowerPoint, he says, which uses many sheets of paper and expensive colors…but it’s a waste.

Toastmasters Articles

Auto-scheduling doesn’t provide the vast time savings it’s supposed to, it establishes bad habits in members, it doesn’t give members the freedom to set their own pace of development, and it robs the VPE of a really great growth opportunity.

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