Monday, February 24, 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:
  • Your silent history: I was delighted to see Mary Beard touch on so many themes familiar to readers of The Eloquent Woman in her essay "The Public Voice of Women." Learn the history of how women have been silenced, and what it means for women who speak up today.
  • Pin these speakers: Here's a clever use for Pinterest: A board of women in technology who'd be good speakers, called "Mics to Watch Out For." Will you try this?
  • Fly without slides: How to speak like a pro without slides will help you put that remote down and face your audience.
  • Knowing when to shut up can be as important as knowing when to speak up. A guide to the cultural considerations of talking or not talking.
  • This week on the blog, we'll look at the role handbags have played in women's public speaking, and a young woman's moving speech about women and body image.
  • About the quote: As a speaker coach, I'm always for preparation and opportunity for my clients. Call that luck if you must...
I'm offering a 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!