Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October's top 10 #publicspeaking tips & issues

Just like you used to save your favorite candies from your Halloween trick-or-treat stash, readers have their favorites posts on the blog. Check out our stash of the most-read posts last month--call them October's treats:
  1. 4 ways not speaking up derails women in the workplace looks at how your silence can hurt you.
  2. Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai's hummingbird fable, one of our Famous Speech Friday posts, appeared the week she won her prize. Watch the video on this one!
  3. The all-in-one on workplace speaking: 13 resources & tips will help with the most common types of public speaking, from conference calls and Skype to in-person meetings.
  4. 3 little leadership words every executive speaker should learn may surprise you, but these three are an essential tool.
  5. Famous Speech Friday: Ann Richards's 1988 Democratic Convention keynote celebrates her iconic speech delivery skills. This is one where the video is a must-watch.
  6. Reader question: What to do when the audience buzz distracts you offers solutions for managing the audience so you can speak.
  7. From the vault: Stay civil, but disagree with your audience helps speakers manage one of the tougher aspects of speaking on contentious issues and handling questions from a frustrated audience.
  8. Famous Speech Friday: Anita Hill's Senate testimony about Clarence Thomas put the issue of workplace sexual harrassment out in the open 20 years ago, with a real impact on women.
  9. What's holding you back from more or better public speaking? See what other readers had to say and add your own viewpoint to the list.
  10. What Prohibition did for women and public speaking introduces you to some of the women speakers featured in the recent Ken Burns film on Prohibition--all of them were frequent speakers, even though women were otherwise not accepted as public speakers in that time.

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