Thursday, September 30, 2010

The top 10 public speaking tips and issues for September, and a new workshop

September marks a change of seasons, the start of classes for students, and a jam-packed month of tips, issues and topics on The Eloquent Woman. Also this month:  A new workshop's out for you to learn dynamic speaking skills.  But first, here are the posts that were most popular with our readers this month:
  1. I got tired of the debate blaming women for their inability to get speaking gigs.  But I prefer a practical approach, so I wrote Help a woman with public speaking: 13 simple things you can do.  It's September's top post, based on reader choices. 
  2. Is drawing a blank that bad?  Arizona Governor Jan Brewer lost her train of thought in the opening statement of a television debate, and drew widespread criticism. Readers here weighed in, too, on this month's most popular post.
  3. Brr-illiant tips for the technical speaker:  My friend and Wall Street Journal science columnist Robert Lee Hotz gave a TEDGlobal talk on Antarctica, and I culled tips for you on how much detail to use (verbally and in your slides), creating colorful analogies, and making the extraordinary--a trip to the bottom of the world--everyday, so the audience can relate to it, in this next-most-popular post.
  4. Using a sheet of paper (and other ordinary things) as props helped to de-mystify the use of props--and make them easier to find and more portable, two practical considerations for speakers.
  5. Making your slides move:  I gave you 7 reasons you should convert a slide deck to video, along with a link to a tutorial on how to do it.  It's a simple way to expand the viewership of your presentations.
  6. Getting copyright right:  A reader asked about copyright issues for a handout that would reprint a newspaper article, so I gave you five ridiculously easy ways to avoid copyright problems, covering not only your handouts, but pictures and cartoons you might be using in your slides.
  7. Inspiration from a labor of love speech:  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered a speech written by her husband, who died recently.  I've got the video and a report on the legal conference where this especially difficult speaker challenge took place.
  8. The stammerer who would be king:  "The King's Speech" is a new film with a high-powered cast, and it's already on the shortlist for an Oscar.  But we care about it because it tells the story of the current Queen of England's father, who overcame a stammer with the help of an unconventional speaking coach.  In this inspiring post, you can see an interview with Colin Firth, who plays the king.
  9. A new iPad app has it all for speakers:  Prompster lets you write, edit, record, listen to and teleprompt your speech.
  10. A new online profile for speakers:  Lanyrd's a new conference social networking site that lets you create a speaker profile to reflect the many conferences and panels you're speaking on. This popular post explains how to use this new tool.
Now, about the new workshop:  Good on Your Feet, a dynamic speaking skills workshop from The Eloquent Woman, will take place November 3 and 4 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  You'll learn the components of dynamic speaking, from a high-attention start to developing your content, movement, mindset and resilience.  With just 16 participants, there'll be plenty of time for hands-on exercises and practice, so you can walk away feeling more confident and ready for any speaking situation.  I hope you'll share this opportunity with colleagues and look forward to working with you in November!  Go here to learn more and register.
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Want to get good on your feet as a speaker? Try my new workshop, Nov. 3 & 4

Let readers of The Eloquent Woman be the first to know: A new Eloquent Woman workshop is now open for registration. Set for November 3 and 4 in Washington, DC, Good on Your Feet: A dynamic speaking skills workshop is designed to help you work through the components involved in dynamic speaking, so you can put them together in a variety of speaking situations. You'll learn:
  • Dynamic starts--why you need them and how to create them
  • The 3 Rs of dynamic presenting: Ready, Relaxed and Resilient
  • Ready with effective planned messages that help you go with the flow--but get your content in
  • Relaxed movements, gestures and mindsets of dynamic speaking
  • Resilient and graceful ways with Q&A, audience needs and mishaps
  • Live practice and critique to help you see and hear what your audience sees and hears, plus advice on putting it all together, using The Eloquent Woman's checklist for the whole speaker
The workshop is limited to just 16 participants, so you'll have plenty of time to strategize and practice using the lessons you'll learn.  This will be an active, hands-on workshop!

The workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 3 and Thursday, November 4 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.  There's easy access to public transportation, and your workshop registration includes (on both days) continental breakfast, break refreshments, lunch and all materials and followup resources.

Go here to register and learn more details.  I look forward to working with you in early November!  Please feel free to share this workshop announcement with your friends and colleagues.  In the meantime, check out how readers of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook described being "good on your feet:"