Since launching the blog in March 2015, I have published over 60 posts on the site. My collection of free articles will continue to grow as I continue building a pathway to effective public speaking. On a personal note, I have learned lots from my fellow public speakers and bloggers over the years and I am very grateful for this. As a way of saying thanks, I’ve created a list of resources that have helped me along the way.
My Favourite Resources About Public Speaking
Guy Kawasaki is no stranger to public speaking success, having made his first speech almost 30 years ago! In this blog post Kawasaki presents eleven secrets to speaking success. He recommends that presenters focus on something interesting to say, make a special effort to understand the audience and tell stories. “You’re not making a speech anymore. You’re simply having a conversation,” he writes. As former Chief Evangelist of Apple and author of multiple books, this guy knows what he’s talking about!
Toastmasters International offers a wealth of free information on its website pertaining to public speaking skills. You’ll discover a range of how-to articles, ranging from how to engage an audience and capture imaginations with story telling, to the importance of practicing your speech well in advance, how to use visual aids, incorporating body language into your presentations, and much more. As a Toastmasters member I can certainly vouch for the quality of the material.
Tune in to Lisa B. Marshall’s public speaking podcast for short, practical tips that will help you to be more engaging and memorable in presentations and speeches. Previous episodes are available to download directly from the website, including: “Presentations: What to Do When Things Go Wrong”, “How to Calm Your Nerves Before Speaking” and “How to Communicate Using the Rule of 3”. I download The Public Speaker podcast every Thursday and highly recommend it.
Scott Berkun is a bestselling author and professional speaker. In this highly practical book, Berkun reveals the techniques behind presenting ideas to anyone. A book about technicalities this isn’t, instead it focuses on the more important issues speakers get wrong, such as failing to maintain the audience’s attention, work a tough room, or manage their own fear. With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you’ll get new insights into the art of persuasion — as well as teaching, learning, and performance — directly from a master of the trade.
On a final note, this is also the funniest book about public speaking I’ve ever read. Order on Amazon via the link, or ask me nicely and I’ll lend you my copy!
Access The Full List
The links on this page represent only a snippet from the full collection. I’d be more than happy to share the expanded list with you. Drop me an email and I’ll send you a copy of the full list of resources that are powering ‘Communicate You’.