Monday, February 28, 2011

February's top 10 public speaking tips and issues

You're my valentines this February, for making so many posts on The Eloquent Woman big hits. I always appreciate it when you share posts on Facebook, Twitter or email, and when you invite your friends to join us on The Eloquent Woman on Facebook. Here's hoping you find a lot to love in this month's most popular posts:
  1. The all-in-one for eloquent scientists: Resources and role models ran away with top honors this month. Look for more communicating scientists near you soon...this was so popular, it's now among the top 10 most-read posts on the blog for all time.
  2. How to speak up without giving your power away offers concrete advice on why women should speak up, some strong and weak statements speakers make, and a video role model in the form of a female CEO, who advises on communicating in a male-dominated industry.
  3. TED Conversations let you discuss big ideas with the you about a new social-networking option on that promises to make its online audience even bigger.
  4. Chautauqua: A new look at the original TED shares a new PBS program that looks at this summertime swarm of live public speakers, arts and community that has been shaping American public speaking for more than a century.
  5. Famous Speech Friday: Ursula K. LeGuin's left-handed commencement address continued to charm readers in February, after it posted last month. Find out why it's such a strong hit.
  6. Famous Speech Friday: Coretta Scott King's '10 Commandments of Vietnam' was our first entry in this new series, early in January, and it got a boost during this Black History Month. I'm delighted to share this powerful talk.
  7. Famous Speech Friday: Maya Angelou's eulogy for Coretta Scott King is at once musical, funny, deft and eloquent. A worthy model for a difficult speaking task.
  8. Why saying "I don't know" is my best Q-and-A tool is a guest post that got lots of readers. It chronicles a museum educator's realization that not knowing the answers a live audience can lob at you is not only okay, but honest and useful.
  9. What do I do about eye contact and swaying when I speak? asked a reader. It might be about avoiding facing your audience directly. This post has some simple practical solutions to try.
  10. Speaker silence: How to be ready at the right times shares tips on  pausing, refraining from comment and using silences to your advantage.
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