Tuesday, August 11, 2009

oh, the places you'll speak!

I asked fans of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook about the places they find themselves speaking, and got a wide range of responses. Public speaking doesn't have to mean a speech in a big auditorium, by any means: It's an everyday matter as well as a special occasion. Here are some of the places you will find our readers speaking, as well as some tips and resources I've added, where available, for their specific speaking situations:
  • Anna Chatzimichali says she speaks in academic conferences and wondered if she was "a minority here." Not so! Lots of Eloquent Woman readers are scientists and academics. For good resources in your speaking area, check out the American Association for the Advancement of Science Communicating Science website for videos, articles and more, including signups for the workshops I lead on the topic for AAAS. Burroughs Wellcome Fund also publishes this free guide on giving talks for scientists.

  • Linda Hillman, an entrant in our contest, reports that she speaks "mostly in a church, classroom setting. I love being up in front of people with a message, information they need." If you're speaking in a church setting, you may want to check out the very short book, Words Fitly Spoken: Public Speaking for Women in Ministry.

  • Emily Culbertson sums it up for many of us: Meetings. "Most of my speaking is in work meetings and (especially) conference calls of between three to 10 people. The remainder is to groups of about 30-50," she says. A great reference book on the topic, specific for women, is Women Speaking Up: Getting and Using Turns in Workplace Meetings.

Please feel free to add more speaker settings in the comments. I'd like to keep track of the different situations women speakers face, and offer tips designed to meet those special needs.

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