Monday, January 14, 2013

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

If you're a fan of The Eloquent Woman on Facebook, you see these good reads, resources and ideas from other sources there, in addition to posts from the blog. But I want to share the insights with all the blog's readers, so I'm summarizing that extra content and putting it here on the blog. Here are the finds I shared in the week just past:
  • Tool time: Inc. magazine rounds up killer presentation tools for speakers who want to up their gadget game. In this article, you'll find everything from a projector to an app.
  • Anxiety, examined: In Out with the Old Anxiety, the author starts a series of columns looking at this struggle that stops many would-be speakers. Here he describes its link to perfectionism: You must hit the home run or not play at all. You must answer every question correctly. Deliver the speech flawlessly....Anything less, less than perfect, and you risk a meltdown — the shakes, the dry mouth, the ruminations that become recriminations that become insomnia."
  • Know what it is? Conversation's a form of public speaking, and this article promises the one conversational tool that will make you better at absolutely everything. This tip works for beginning speakers, introverts and anyone who wants to be a better conversationalist.
  • For your next acceptance speech, don't fumble with paper notes. Follow the lead of this year's youngest best actress Oscar nominee, just nine years old, who used her smartphone for her acceptance of a Critics Choice award.
  • Negative talk with a purpose: Saying "no" with power and grace looks at ways to conquer a difficult form of public speaking.
  • This week's quote: The kickass quote is from Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, about how she handled a young man who made fun of her name and title, calling her things like "Chief-ette." Find more like it on my Pinterest board of great quotes by eloquent women, pulled from our Famous Speech Friday series.
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