Wednesday, January 12, 2011

4 great speaking resources you've never heard of


Sometimes the biggest help for a speaker can come from a small or surprising source. That's true for this quartet of resources that will help you solve specific speaking issues. Check out these four finds:
  1. Nail those pronunciations of difficult names of famous folks:  The Associated Press Stylebook Online, a $25 annual subscription for individuals, offers authoritative phonetic pronunciation guides to hard-to-pronounce names of public figures.  You can also follow APStylebook on Twitter.
  2. Pull together a do-it-yourself speaking tour with Google Maps:  Best-selling author Rebecca Skloot chronicles how she put her own book-promotion speaking tour together using social media tools like Google Maps. It can be done!
  3. Cite a TED Talk video correctly in a written document:  TED shares the correct citation method for its popular video talks here.  Useful if you're citing others' talks--or on your online profiles, after you've given your TED talk.
  4. Collect and organize inspiring quotes you want to use later:  Quotabl.es, described here on Lifehacker, is a bookmarklet app that lets you clip, save, store and organize quotes you're saving--whether they're just to inspire you or to inspire a future audience.
Got a good resource to share? Leave it in the comments.

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