Friday, December 31, 2010

The Eloquent Woman's top 10 public speaking posts in 2010

2010 was a big year for The Eloquent Woman, a year in which the blog was:
  • Liked by more Facebook fans than any other public-speaking Facebook page;
  • Publishing more frequent blog posts, and more unique content on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook;
  • Tripling readership over this time last year; and
  • Doubling our email subscribers, who receive a free monthly newsletter focused on a single public-speaking issue in depth.
Readers also were more active than ever in sharing their questions this year--questions which form the basis of many of the site's most popular posts.  Here are the 10 most popular posts from 2010 on The Eloquent Woman blog:

  1. "How do I establish credibility as a speaker when my age and looks work against me?" is our top blog post for the year, and answers the questions of a young (and young-looking) speaker who's an expert in her field, but often viewed as the intern. Solid suggestions, links and ideas follow to help the young and the expert claim and hold their ground.
  2. "What's the difference when scientists present to other scientists, and to the public?" is a reader question that came from a fellow speaker coach--but it's useful to anyone who has to speak about technical topics to different audiences, so share it with a scientist or engineer you know who gives presentations and public speeches.
  3. If I were speaking at TEDWomen, here's what I'd say about the future of women and girls shares the four persistent myths about women and public speaking that have lasted for centuries and are still silencing women and girls today--along with a plea that we all stop spreading these myths, and the facts you need to counter them.
  4. Taking charge of your conversations and speaking: The language of power looks at a new book that covers speaking as part of ways women can be powerful.  It touches on not just formal speeches, but everyday conversation, which makes it especially useful.
  5. "How do we balance technical v. non-technical for a mixed audience? could be a useful companion to post number 2 on this list. It looks at a similar issue: Presenting technical topics when you have scientific colleagues who want to hear your details, and non-technical types who really don't. The balancing act is dissected, and I share a video of a woman chemist who walks the technical tightrope with ease, so you have a great example.
  6. Why speakers should take a second look at the new Kindle took a midyear look at the device that became 2010's most popular holiday gift (so much so it's on back-order). I'm convinced that speakers should use the Kindle for their notes, preparation, rehearsal and research, and this post lays out all those functions to give you a new look. (It's not too late to put those holiday gift cards to use, either.)
  7. Integrating Twitter into your public speaking: 14 ways might have been popular because more speakers are encountering audiences using Twitter while the talk's going on. But this post shows you have to take the advantage by using  Twitter in savvy ways before, during and after your public speaking gig.
  8. Finding your voice as a speaker started out as a guest post by me for another blog, but in posting it here, I found it was popular with you, too.  I appreciated the chance to write this for Kate's Voice, Kate Peters's very good blog on vocal issues for speakers--it's a topic I've struggled with and one I think is essential to tackle if you're going to truly become the eloquent woman you know yourself to be.
  9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives a labor-of-love speech shares a video and insights from Ginsburg after she delivered one of the most difficult kinds of speeches: A speech written by her husband which she had to deliver after his death. A moving and funny talk, plus insights from Ginsburg on her marriage and work-life balance.
  10. Check (out) your audience at the door: 8 reasons speakers should. Knowing your audience is critical for speakers, and the best--and most immediate--way to find out more is to greet everyone as they come in the door.  As a bonus, this one-on-one tactic works especially well for introverts, or for any speaker who fears the audience and needs time to warm up. No wonder it was popular...

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