Monday, January 22, 2018

The Eloquent Woman's weekly speaker toolkit

I read a lot about women and public speaking, and post my finds first on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. But I always collect them here for you on Mondays as well. Here's what I've been reading lately:
  • How to respond to harassment: Recently, reader Claire Duffy made this request: "The lid has blown right off the sexual harassment issue. It’s ugly and traumatic territory. I’d like to see girls and women getting some help with negotiating this difficult topic. I am surrounded by women saying - ashamedly ‘I didn’t know how to get him to stop’ and I know several who are simply paralyzed by the inability to speak up about it - whether they’re victims, or just dealing with discussions in a social setting. It all comes back to the age old power imbalance that got you started on this blog in the first place. To that I would add the stupefying insensitivity so many men show on this matter. They just don’t get it. How can we help them? So that’s my item for the ‘to do’ list." This resource page from Catalyst is a great start with info for harrassed women, men, and employers.
  • A voice that resonates: A wonderful look from The Library of Congress about the little we know about Abraham Lincoln's voice. I love that he was a slow speaker: "Lincoln also spoke slowly, allowing his words to be considered and understood. While this pace may have accorded with Lincoln’s own speaking style, he clearly recognized the value of a slow cadence in a public address. Unable to attend a rally in Springfield, Illinois, in 1863, he sent a letter to be read aloud on his behalf, a draft of which is in the Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress. “You are one of the best public readers. I have but one suggestion,” Lincoln advised his political associate James C. Conkling: “Read it very slowly.” "
  • Did you miss? This week, the blog looked at Mary Beard's new book on women and power, and Famous Speech Friday shared Mary Meeker's 2017 Internet trends report, a rule-breaking presentation.
  • About the quote: Get some courage from frequent-speaking First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
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