Monday, February 10, 2014

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

Fans of 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:
  • Warm up your audience: Here are 10 techniques to build rapport quickly with anyone.
  • Ink in Inc.: Inc. magazine shared 9 habits of highly effective speakers. I'm delighted that The Eloquent Woman Index of Famous Speeches by Women is among the sources of inspiration listed at the end of the article. Good tips here, too.
  • Not sorry: Do you apologize automatically? Here's how to suppress the apology reflex.
  • Coming up this week on the blog are famous speeches by women athletes, and a reader's account about how she persists with presentations.
  • About the quote: Inspiration from our board of quotes for public speakers on Pinterest.
  • Seats are filling: Have you registered yet for my new workshop on women and public speaking? Be The Eloquent Woman will take place in Washington, DC, on Feb. 28, and in Oxford, UK, on April 2. The day-long workshop will help you build confidence and competence as a speaker, and help you subvert the expectations that many women face when they speak. Please join me for these unique professional development sessions--and help out by sharing them with your friends and colleagues.
  • Vocal variety, indeed: Actress Meryl Streep demonstrated vocal range and skill when Ellen DeGeneres asks her to read various mundane scripts as different characters. A fun exercise to try yourself.