Tuesday, August 18, 2009

if you had $1000 to spend on speaking...

...what would you buy? I'm not talking about training, but about equipment, books, accessories or other aids to help you practice or perform better as a speaker. I'd like you to help me crowd-source a list of products you'd buy if you had this hypothetical $1000 to spare by checking out offerings on Amazon.com, then post your list here in the comments. I'll get the ball rolling with my own list of favorite items that you may find useful:


  • An electronic document reader like the Kindle, Amazon's 6-inch wireless reading device, or the Kindle DX, Amazon's 9.7 device. They'd take up a lot of my hypothetical $1000 budget, but will let you make notes, import documents (like speeches and notes) and carry them all without fluttering any pages. And you can have the device read your speeches to you to hear how they sound.
  • A good timer/stopwatch combination, like the Polder 898-95 Clock, Timer and Stopwatch, so you can keep tabs on your remaining time, and test yourself on how long your presentation or talk runs when you practice.
  • Some inspiration for your speaking, such as Secrets Of Superstar Speakers: Wisdom from the Greatest Motivators of Our Time, which shares top speakers' tips and encouragement.
  • A lectern, whether it's a small desktop model or the full-length version. There are all sorts of lecterns that may be useful if you expect to present in formal speaking settings. It's well worth it to have one to practice with.
  • A video camera with which to practice or record your actual presentations, so you can see how you do. I'm a big fan of the ultralight Flip UltraHD Camcorder and in September, you also can check out the new Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera, which includes a microphone jack for better recording options. Don't forget to add accessories like a small tripod so you can record yourself, by yourself.
  • Glib sayings from other, more famous speakers: I like Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists for this purpose, but there are plenty of books with quotations and inspiration to help you. Find some new favorites!
  • Books for speakers recommended on this blog: You can find them in the Amazon box in the right-hand column, or on this list of books we like for women speakers.

Because Amazon offers such a wide range of products, I hope you won't limit yourself in this hypothetical spree. Get creative and let me know what speakers want, need and covet! Share your lists in the comments section.

Related posts: Testing the Kindle on the lectern
Features on the new Kindle that aid speakers
The speaker's wish list: practice tools


1 comment:

Justin Livingston said...

My first $1000 was spent on a good mic set up!! I like Shure, they produce great mics. Go for a headset mic, they take a bit to get used to but much better than a lapel mic.

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