You might’ve heard some people (especially members of Toastmasters) say not to thank your audience at the end of your talk.
But you’re less likely to have heard any reason for that advice. So in this post, you’ll find these 4 topics to address that issue, and to help you with your speaking:
To find public-speaking wisdom, do you go to specific blogs? I certainly do. In fact, 3 years ago, I published a list of 6 of the world’s best.
But a lot’s changed in 3 years, and some of the blogs on my original list have gone belly-up. (In fact, you can still access most of those, but they don’t publish anything new.)
So I thought you might appreciate a fresh list.
Mind you, given that I’ve also listed 10 extinct public-speaking blogs, it’s not easy to find contenders.
Do you ever struggle with knowing what to talk about when you give a speech? Or do you want a new perspective on the value you bring as a speaker?
If so, be sure to check out this 1-hour video by Darren LaCroix, who’s now a renowned speech coach, and was the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking (in the annual contest run by Toastmasters International).
Note: If the video starts midway along the timeline, please just drag the playhead back to the start.
Also, there’s about 3 minutes of background at the start of the clip, including short parts of Darren’s acceptance after winning the world title. So if you like, by all means drag the playhead to the 3’10” mark, or skip to that point on YouTube instead.
Darren’s a great speaker, and his talk’s filled with both humour and powerful insight. In fact Patricia Fripp, former head of the National Speakers Association, is quoted as saying:
The best 2 hours I’ve ever spent…
Are you serious about wanting to improve your public speaking? If so, do yourself a favour and listen to what Benjamin J Harvey has to say about it. I did that last Wednesday night, and it was probably the best 2 hours I’ve ever spent on improving my presentation skills!
What a great move that was!
Ben’s a Sydney-based entrepreneur who offers occasional free public-speaking workshops. (Wherever you live, you might also like these 5 free public-speaking courses.) As I’m in Sydney too, and his workshop happens just every few months, I took the chance to go along. What a great move that was!
Why so great? There are 3 factors: Continue reading
Here’s an ad about communication that you’ll likely laugh at, as I did. Yet it uses just 3 spoken words, and lasts just 45 seconds. I hope you love it as much as I do.
If you’re looking for world-class blogs to help you present, here are 6 of the very best…
Speaking About Presenting
Blogger: Olivia Mitchell
Posting frequency: Sadly there’ve been no new posts since February 2012 – but the site has years of archives, and Olivia is still publishing readers’ comments.
To me, Speaking About Presenting has some of the world’s best content on the topic, and also includes many useful comments from other top bloggers. Two of the blog’s real strengths are that the content is so concise, and so well thought out. Continue reading
Are you (or a non-Toastmaster friend) curious about Toastmasters? If so, watch this professional 12-minute video to see for yourself what their meetings are like. What a quick, easy and risk-free way to check if you’d like to take the next step – visiting a club in person (at no cost).
Recently I joined a Toastmasters club near me in Sydney, and I certainly recommend it. I didn’t find this video until afterwards, though, so I must admit the meeting format surprised me when I visited.