Tuesday, November 30, 2010

November's top 10 public speaking tips and issues

Eleven months into the year, readership of The Eloquent Woman is at an all-time-high and The Eloquent Woman on Facebook is the most popular public-speaking page on that site--two things I'm very grateful for in this month of Thanksgiving in the U.S.  These are the posts that caught your eye most often this month:
  1. Using language with power:  This post on taking charge of your conversations and speaking focused on a new book that includes language as one tool women can use to be more powerful. It grabbed the top spot as the most-read post this month.
  2. "I'm not nervous when I speak, but..." pulled apart the mental and physical reactions in fear of public speaking and why some women say they're not nervous but have all the physical symptoms, anyway.
  3. Speaking with credibility:  When speakers say things your audience won't believe covered some high-profile and everyday ways that public speakers give away their intentions. Audiences aren't fooled for a moment, typically.  This is a what-not-to-do list.
  4. Speaking with credibility, for politicians:  A tiny twist of grammar might affect how audiences regard politicians' actions. This post was the latest in our "speaking science" series on research about public speaking.
  5. Presentations: Go big, go small, go collaborative served up 4 new resources, from pocket projectors to slides that let you collaborate.  Another popular tools post.
  6. Do you get talked over in meetings? So does Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz, who brought the topic up at last month's Women's Conference hosted by California First Lady Maria Shriver. Read the details in this popular post.
  7. "A bad hair day is a virtual mute button" for women speakers, said former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers when I heard her speak last month--so I used the opportunity to write about women and their appearance, and how it affects speaking.
  8. Can you do a better job moderating panels? I think so, and offered you three concrete tactics panel moderators can use to improve their experience--and that of the audience.
  9. Great gifts for speakers: We launched a new page for great speeches on audio, places you can download free and inexpensive audio recordings of famous speeches, plus some discounts for subscribing to Audible.com just for readers of The Eloquent Woman.  It's a great gift idea, along with the new option to buy and email a Kindle book on public speaking to your favorite presenter. (She doesn't need a Kindle to read it, either.)
  10. If I were speaking at TED Women, I'd ask the audience to improve the future of women and girls by helping me stop 4 persistent myths about women and public speaking.  Many of you called this an inspiring read and shared it with your colleagues--thanks!
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