Does the thought of giving a speech fill you with dread, anxiety or even horror? You are not alone! Even the most seasoned speaker feels the butterflies and the lump in their throat before giving a pivotal presentation. We all want to excel and share our message with an audience.
Luckily, there is a wealth of great advice on presentations and speaking to help you prepare for your BIG speech. My passion and goal in life is to help speakers speak up and build relationships with their audience. Here are 12 of my favorite presentation and speaking blogs that I read when I am not perusing the pages of 12 Most. (click the name of the blog for a link)
Speech Coach and Presentation Skills Trainer, Dr. Michelle Mazur, guides driven-to-succeed business professionals and independent business owners to ignite the smoldering fire within to speak up, speak out and make their impact — one compelling presentation at a time. Clients get noticed, promoted and paid more by overcoming their reluctance and learning to speak with authenticity and confidence, no matter how big or small their audience. To learn her proven approach to get ready for opportunity now — visit her website..
Thanks for the resources, Michelle. I definitely have my own speaking style (pretty casual and try to steer clear of slide-deck-heavy presentations). However, I'd like to delve into the resources you listed here because I'm always looking for improvements.
Although I try to steer clear from slidedecks (and never use if I have a live product to demo), it would be nice to see some of the "visually captivating" recommendations #2 might have.
@dbvickery I think it is awesome you have your own style. It's more engaging to be who we are as presenters then try to conform to someone else's expectation of style. Speaking style is unique to ever person!
I'd highly recommend the Duarte site. Her book Slideology is great for inspiration. I'd also recommend Garr Reynolds "Presentation Zen". Great visuals to inspire PowerPoint decks .
Wow, what a great list of resources! I'm a huge fan of Lois Creamer - she seems to be a real thought-leader in this space, and she got a huge amount of traction at NSA in Indianapolis this year. Although her book doesn't exactly address the topic of public speaking, communications professor Ellen Bremen (@chattyprof) is an excellent resource for communication skills. Thanks for posting this information, Michelle - I look forward to diving in to each of the sites you've listed!
@westfallonline Hi Chris! I really enjoy Lois's blog - I aspire to be a speaker and she has a ton of useful information if someone is going that route! I totally agree on @chattyprof as well. I recommend Ellen's book to my friends who teach college.