- Margaret Thatcher reconsidered as a woman speaker: British speechwriter Max Atkinson reposted these thoughts about Margaret Thatcher and the evolution of a charismatic woman. It's the best look I've seen since her death about her public speaking.
- Nearly everyone hates the sound of her own voice, even broadcasting pros. Turns out the sound of your own voice is affected by physiology, and what you hear is probably not what we hear.
- Feel like a paper tiger on stage? Then check out author George Plimpton's vintage advice on mastering public speaking and dealing with stage fright.
- Many speakers get in their own way through self-sabotage, often unconsciously. Victim no more: How to stop self-sabotage helps you put an end to the practice. My favorite example of the practice is in The Eloquent Woman Index, where you can learn how Lady Bird Johnson prayed to get smallpox if she wound up first or second in her high school graduating class, so she wouldn't need to speak at graduation.
- Are you a speedy speaker? A reader on Facebook asked about average speaking speeds, prompting me to share this post from the vault on how to hit the brakes if you're a speedy speaker.
- If you speak at the front of a classroom, check out What's the Use of Lectures?, a book that will share data on just how fast those students are falling asleep and other good presentation tactics for teachers and professors. It's on my Pinterest board of books for public speakers.
- About the quote: Pulled from a stirring 1950 speech in the Senate by Margaret Chase Smith, this quote and others from our Famous Speech Friday series can be found on my Pinterest board of great quotes by eloquent women--which is also a tab on our Facebook page.
Monday, April 22, 2013
The Eloquent Woman on Facebook see links to good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But you won't miss a thing, since I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog for all readers to see. Here's what I shared in the week just past: