Thursday, September 1, 2011

August's top 10 #publicspeaking tips and issues

Summer's coming to an end, but readers' interest in improving speaking skills kept on going strong. From boosting your confidence to inspiring famous talks, here are the posts that caught readers' eyes the most in August:
  1. From the vault: Confidence: How to fake it until you make it offers foolproof tips to get you through any speaking engagement looking calm and collected.
  2. Famous Speech Friday: Christine Lagarde at the Global Women's Forum, a guest post, shares an important and inspiring speech about women from the woman just named among the most powerful in the world by Forbes magazine.
  3. Famous Speech Friday: Margaret Thatcher's "Iron Lady" speech looks at the talk that gave her the nickname of a lifetime. Includes a video clip from the forthcoming movie about her, starring Meryl Streep.
  4. Listen up, speakers, about how to listen takes cues from a TED talk on listening and turns it to your advantage as a speaker. The talk itself is exemplary--be sure to watch the video.
  5. Speakers' great examples of invisible visuals offers you concrete instances where speakers have created pictures in the mind's eye of audience members. It's the best kind of visual to use.
  6. Are you ready for fall conference season? How speakers should prepare gives you a head start on how to promote and otherwise make the most of your panels, keynotes and talks this fall.
  7. Mind your pronouns: What they say about you as a speaker shares cues from a psychologist. You'll give away your power status and even use pronouns differently if you're a woman. Find out how.
  8. What's your public speaking or presenting advice--fortune-cookie style? shared nuggets from readers here and on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook.
  9. From the vault: Eye contact--is it good or bad? updates a classic post, responding to readers who wondered whether too much eye contact could be a bad thing for a speaker.
  10. The speaker in a crisis takes two historic examples from First Lady Betty Ford and Robert F. Kennedy to show you how to handle the unexpected duty of speaking extemporaneously when something terrible has just happened.
This month, as always, I appreciate your readership--thanks for participating in the blog.

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