Friday, December 30, 2011

The top #publicspeaking and presenting posts of 2011

From inspiring women's speeches to checklists, visuals and sexist speaking situations, 2011's most-read posts offer you a glimpse at what you and other readers found most valuable this year. Before we launch into 2012, take a look back at these popular posts:
  1. Helen Keller's "I am not dumb now" and "Strike Against War," part of our Famous Speech Friday series, ran away with top honors as the most-read post of 2011, and is the our all-time most-read post overall. Included in the post is video of Keller speaking, along with an anti-World-War-I speech that highlights her career as an activist speaker.
  2. Coretta Scott King's "10 Commandments of Vietnam"was our first Famous Speech Friday entry. The speech, given weeks after her husband's assassination and cobbled together from notes found in his pockets, challenged his widow to make the talk her own and set off another major series of events in the civil rights movement. 
  3. The quest to find women's speeches marked the halfway point in our Famous Speech Friday series this year, looked at why it's so tough finding women's speeches, and shared all of the famous speeches in the first six months of 2011.
  4. Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" speech is one of the most-quoted women's speeches--but it's not at all clear that she actually said the words attributed to her. Find out more in this Famous Speech Friday entry.
  5. Margaret Sanger's "The Children's Hour," another Famous Speech Friday post, looked at the early birth-control-rights advocate's major speech on the conditions of children in the U.S. early in the 20th century. A controversial figure with a speech you can learn from.
  6. Maya Angelou's eulogy for Coretta Scott King, yet another Famous Speech Friday post, was irresistible: One of the most eloquent women of our day, speaking about another. A great example of how to do a eulogy right.
  7. The all-in-one for eloquent scientists: Resources and role models shares a baker's dozen of tips on how to contain those details, translate from the technical and use your insider knowledge to advantage as a speaker. Share it with a data-driven speaker you know.
  8. 3 unexpected things Twitter can add to your next talk shares a few surprising but useful gifts you can get with a little tweeting before, during and after your talk.
  9. "The perfect preparation:" A downloadable checklist for the whole speaker took one of our all-time favorite posts and made it into a resource you can download to keep handy. The checklist walks you through everything from your mindset and audience to your technology and wardrobe, with special items for introverted speakers.
  10. Why speakers should use the invisible visual -- which is the strongest and most memorable visual of all -- pulls you away from slides, photos and props and challenges speakers to create something an audience member can picture in her minds' eye. This is one of my best tips for putting together a memorable talk.
Thanks, as always, for reading and participating in the blog this year--and happy new year!

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