Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November's top 10 #publicspeaking tips & issues

This month kicked off a season of holidays, with all the activities that come with them. But readers still came here to get inspiration, information and ideas about public speaking and presentations. This month's cornucopia of popular posts come from the readers' favorites. Here are our most-read posts for November:
  1. Five invisible speaker tricks to improve your presentations and speeches ran away with top honors this month. We'll just keep these tips between us, okay?
  2. Kindle v. tablet for public speaking: What's on your gift wish list? revised recommendations for which device you should use when speaking, given all the new options. Santa checked this post, I'm pretty sure. Did you?
  3. What to use instead of a pointer when you speak drew lots of readers seeking alternatives. No need to cling to that laser device.
  4. Hillary Clinton's "women's rights are human rights" speech, featured on our Famous Speech Friday series, was an international sensation when delivered, and a big hit here this month.
  5. A guide to slides for non-designers offered tips anyone can use to modernize and improve their approach to slide presentations. Irresistible.
  6. The all-in-one on gestures for public speaking: 12 great tips pointed the way for lots of readers this month. A jam-packed post.
  7. Last-minute prep: What can I do if I just have 5 minutes before a speech? was so popular, I figure it indicates we're all eager to keep improving, right till the start--or just a bunch of procrastinators. Either way, this post will help.
  8. A great line when you're a woman who's a "first" shared IMF chief Christine Lagarde's clever response to the trite question "Does it matter to you to be first?" Steal this line.
  9. Sandra Day O'Connor on "Portia's Progress" looks at how women have fared in the legal professions, part of our Famous Speech Friday series.
  10. Frances Perkins on the roots of Social Security, another Famous Speech Friday, was a one-of-a-kind experience for its audience, and an historic example for us.
Thanks so much for reading and contributing to the blog this month!

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