Monday, August 1, 2011

July's top 10 #publicspeaking tips and issues

July was hot, both where I live and on the blog. Our top post this month might be among the most controversial and disturbing topics I've covered so far. But there's much to warm up to in the rest of the month's top 10 posts. Here's what you and other speakers have been reading all month:
  1. The faceless bitch slide: Why women have trouble with public speaking took one woman's account of a male speaker with an offensive slide, and looked at why that might well make women speakers and audience members reluctant to speak.
  2. Famous Speech Friday: Betty Ford's 1975 speech to the American Cancer Society chose a speech with real impact--after it was given, thousands of women called for medical appointments to find out whether they had breast cancer, previously a taboo. In an odd twist of timing, this post appeared on a Friday morning, the same day on which Ford later died. 
  3. Famous Speech Friday: Jill Bolte Taylor's "stroke of insight" TED talk is among the most-watched TED talks ever, and among the most viewed posts here this month. Find out why--it's riveting.
  4. Bold idea: Could you be the summary speaker? kicks off a semi-regular series of bold ideas for speakers, tactics that will help you stand out. In this one, you'll find that being the last is not at all least, if you make it so.
  5. Speakers, when it comes to words, concrete=credible looks at psychology research showing what your audience will find credible, even if you don't have additional facts and figures at hand. A smart language tactic.
  6. The unexpected question: How speakers should prepare goes way out in left field, where those questions come from, to find a handful of back-pocket tactics you can use to prepare yourself and handle the unexpected query.
  7. Speaker trainers and speechwriters: A workshop on working with experts shared my August 24 workshop on working more effectively with scientists, engineers and other experts. Designed for communicators, it's suitable for those who train, coach or write for experts, too. You'll save if you register by August 5.
  8. Is singing like speaking, and vice versa? The eloquent Eno asked a question based on musician Brian Eno's insight while composing a piece that combined music and spoken word. Singers and speakers weighed in--check out their perspectives.
  9. 7 ways to spread your slides around: Where to share gives you choices from among the many slide-sharing sites, many with extra features, that will help you reach a wider audience.
  10. Managing your energy as a speaker: The 90-minute cycle looks at why your energy (and that of audience members) shifts every 90 minutes and how that might affect your speaking plan.
Thanks for reading in July, and always!

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