Choosing a speech topic

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

Sometimes you are told given a speech topic and other times the choice is left entirely up to you. The purpose of this short post is to give you some practical guidance on how to choose the best speech topic of a presentation. This latter option can leave people feeling completely stuck. The [.]. Speech Writing Presentation Skills Public Speaking speech writing tips


Professionally Speaking...

Alltop, the brainchild of Guy Kawasaki , has been described as an "online magazine rack" of popular topics. Tags: Commentary Alltop business presentations effective presentations Guy Kawasaki practice rehearsal I am pleased to have been listed in Alltop 's Best Speaking Blogs. Check it out! . For those of us who teach presentation skills, we constantly emphasize the importance of being well prepared to give a speech or presentation. But do we actually take our own advice?

13 Best Practice Tips for Effective Presentation Handouts

Speaking about Presenting

If they’re inspired by your topic, they’ve got more information on it. However, they are good for inspiring people to find out more about a topic. And if you’re the sort of person who wants to tell the audience everything you know about the topic… you can put it in the handout.

Practicing Law Is Very Raw Game - "For the People"

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

" Instead, what "For the People" brought the audience was a combination of a topical issue (yes, much like Dick Wolf's approach in his "Law & Order" franchise), play out of raw office politics, and the poignant consequences of winning or losing a case.

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Practical Audience Engagement Ideas For Public Speakers

Inter-Activ Presenting and Influencing

They are an opportunity to a) test the audience’s current reaction to the topic. Hands up if you enjoy being lectured to? I didn’t think so, so why is it that so many public speakers fall into the trap of conducting a monologue with their audience?

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The practice paradox in public speaking

The Eloquent Woman

But the author missed my all-time-favorite paradox of public speaking: It's the speakers who have practiced the most who look the most unrehearsed. The practiced speaker has a secure base, and a sense of where she is and where she's going by the end of the presentation.

Toastmaster Friday: 5 Steps to Surviving Table Topics Successfully

Speak and Deliver

When I hear people talk about the hardest part of a Toastmasters meeting, the strong majority answer is Table Topics. Sometimes the role of Table Topics Master (who leads the questions) is the easiest role to fill, since that person doesnt actually face a question!

August's top 10 public speaking tips and topics

The Eloquent Woman

The paradox is you'll have to practice to do so. Then join The Eloquent Woman on Facebook , a vibrant community that gets to discuss these topics before they appear on the blog; or contact me about your public speaking training and coaching needs.

Practical Social Networking Webinar - Guest Experts Interviewed

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Find out as Jim Carrillo and I continue to explore these topics with two top authors. What do the experts know about Social Media? How can entrepreneurs make money online? What are large corporations doing? Free Webinar Series Continues Join Patrick Schwerdtfeger and Joel Postman in conversation with Jim and me on Wednesday October 21st, from [.].

Practical Social Networking Webinar - Guest Experts Interviewed

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Find out as Jim Carrillo and I continue to explore these topics with two top authors. What do the experts know about Social Media? How can entrepreneurs make money online? What are large corporations doing? Free Webinar Series Continues Join Patrick Schwerdtfeger and Joel Postman in conversation with Jim and me on Wednesday October 21st, from [.].

Practical Social Networking Webinar - Guest Experts Interviewed

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

Find out as Jim Carrillo and I continue to explore these topics with two top authors. What do the experts know about Social Media? How can entrepreneurs make money online? What are large corporations doing? Free Webinar Series Continues Join Patrick Schwerdtfeger and Joel Postman in conversation with Jim and me on Wednesday October 21st, from [.].

Is poise connected to practice in public speaking?

The Eloquent Woman

Which begs the question: Is poise related to practice, in public speaking? Here's what I think practice can do to help you develop a poised, confident delivery: Rehearsing means you'll know what you do--and what you will be doing. Is practice helping you develop poise as a speaker?

What does it mean to practice your speech? 8 good options for speakers

The Eloquent Woman

I have read my slides, therefore I have practiced. -- René Descartes Descartes didn''t quite say that, but you say it all the time. I practiced," you''ll tell me. None of that equals practicing your speech, in my book. Eventually, try practicing out loud without the cue cards.

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Speaking Science: Practice out loud with others to sharpen persuasion skills

The Eloquent Woman

And according to two Columbia University education researchers, practicing out loud with others--in mock Q-and-A sessions or debates-- might be the best way to sharpen your persuasive reasoning skills, all the more reason to build time into your prep for out-loud practice sessions.

Seven ways to practice public speaking at work

Speak Schmeak

Practice your elevator pitch - that is, practice talking about what you do for a living in 30 seconds or less 5. Institute a joke-of-the-month at your regular staff meeting, then practice your joke-telling skills 5. Think you don't need public speaking skills?

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D.C. - Freelance writing opportunity for transactional law topics

Jane Genova: Speechwriter - Ghostwriter

  Might provide money and a portfolio of writing samples for law students and newbie JDs looking to leverage their knowledge in ways other than actually practicing law. This help-wanted on Craigslist warns that the subject matter dealing with transactional law is complex.      Yet, it is seeking freelance writing help, not a full-timer. 

From the vault: 7 secret advantages of the speaker who practices

The Eloquent Woman

As a speaker coach and trainer, I can tell you that the one thing I always recommend is the same thing my trainees rarely do: Practice, and lots of it. I don''t just recommend practice for your speech or presentation because it sounds good. You''ll get better at it with practice.

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Practice speech timing with TEDTalks by length

The Eloquent Woman

You may want to start by checking out the 3-minute speeches to see just how much can be fit into three minutes to good effect.then tackle one of your topics that way. Don't have a topic of your own yet?

Let Your Public Speaking Skills Age Like Fine Wine

DeFinis Communications

Imagine having the opportunity to write a speech about a topic you know and love and deliver it nine times in the course of a day to a rapt audience, gaining new supporters and perfecting your delivery each time.

2013 207

From the vault: 6 stealth ways to find time to practice #publicspeaking

The Eloquent Woman

(Editor's note: One of our all-time most popular posts, this topic gets at the heart of any would-be eloquent speaker. Without time to practice, your improvement will be slowed or stalled. This time around, I've added a bonus sixth option for truly last-minute practice.)

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4 stepping stones to get speaking practice

The Eloquent Woman

If you're not ready for a prime-time slot as a speaker , but still want to get some practice, try these smaller stepping stones on your path toward public speaking: Ask a question when someone else is speaking. Not ready for a keynote speech, big presentation, commencement address?

Speaking off the cuff – a resource

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

Here is a great resource ; an entire website dedicated to the art of “table topics&# , or speaking impromptu.What I like about the site is that he gives you a lot of templates, or outlines you can use for practising unprepared topics. It’s interesting to see the different ways people can take this, sometimes you may have one participant controlling the flow of the entire topic, while others will work together to figure out how the talk or story will evolve.

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A Platform for Falling, Practicing and Growing

The Shy Speaker's Guide to Succes on Stage

I think the wonderful thing about joining a Toastmasters Club is that the club provides you with a platform for falling, practicing and growing. The Table Topics segment trains us to think on our feet and speak off the cuff, while the evaluation segment encourages us to listen and observe attentively to gather information and frame our thoughts to deliver value and coherent messages with tact and thoughtfulness. Related Posts: A Platform for Falling, Practicing and Growing [.]

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What Every Leader Should Know About Nonprofit Practices

More than PowerPoint...

Enter the online Nonprofit Good Practice Guide. Maintained by the experienced staff at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU, the Nonprofit Good Practice Guide website is a clear and comprehensive resource for nonprofit professional development. You can find carefully researched and pointedly relevant nonprofit resources organized by topic area. You'll see practices and pitfalls in each area, along with a thorough glossary, as well as access to trusted experts.

You had me at “hello”

Kate's Voice

” Boyd has interviews with many pros on the topic of presenting and persuading in order to prosper, and I highly recommend the series. Practical application vocal power voice lessons Boyd Blackwood breathing intention Life''s a pitch podcast vocal health Recently, I was interviewed by Boyd Blackwood as part of his very informative podcast series on iTunes called “Life’s a Pitch.”

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7 Deadly Sins of Presentation Preparation

DeFinis Communications

Creating an interesting story line and developing an exciting topic complete with great examples, metaphors, and data comes naturally to some, but then taking the next step and forging that great content into a simple, easy-to-follow beginning, middle, and end structure is overlooked. The best speakers practice out loud at least three times before every presentation they give. The more you practice, the easier this becomes.

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Why timed builds are not a good presentation practice

Dave Paradi's PowerPoint Blog

For the presenter, they are having to concentrate so much on speaking quickly so that what they wanted to say about the topic is done before the next point comes up. I have seen timed builds used twice recently and both times it left me scratching my head wondering why the presenter created their PowerPoint slide that way. A timed build is when the bullet points or items on the slide automatically appear at a scheduled interval.

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How to Speak & Present Without Notes

Executive Speech Coach

Because you will look more confident and knowledgeable about your topic. You will hold the attention and respect of your audience as they recognize that you know your topic well. Naturally, the first thing you must do is to know your topic well. Practical tips to help you deliver more effective.

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10 Ways a Contestant Can Add Value to their District

Speak and Deliver

Recently in the Toastmasters Official Facebook group , the topic of a International contestant's value to Toastmasters, or rather 'lack thereof' came up. Visit other clubs - you've got to practice anyway, right? Don't want to practice your speech that much?

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Fear isn't the reason you avoid speaking.

Speak Schmeak

I try to expand my comfort zone by practicing the moves over and over again. He practices. The more you practice, the more you put yourself into the situation that scares you, the more comfortable you become. He practices because he likes doing it. Not Alex Honnold.

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Speaking with Authentic Authenticity

Speak and Deliver

Earlier this week, I spoke about Audiences with X-Ray Eyes & Ears , and the dangers of speaking on a topic you dont believe in. Film your practices (and watch them), get feedback from Toastmasters groups, and plant people in your audiences that you trust.

2010 74

Don't Wait for Your Perfect Audience: Speak Anyway!

Speak and Deliver

And my favorite - "I need a group that understands my topic!" Even if you speak at a "Fill in Your Topic Here Conference", the audience will all be at different levels of understanding and ability to act on your message. Who is your perfect audience?

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Comments & Questions from Audio Class: Confidence

Executive Speech Coach

Wednesday, November 03, 2010 Comments & Questions from Audio Class: Confidence How to Radiate More Confidence than you feel when speaking - feedback If you listened to the live broadcast or the recording, this is the place to add your comments, suggestions and questions about this program and topic. Suggestions What topics do you suggest for future audio classess or email tips. Practical tips to help you deliver more effective.

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Toastmasters Friday: How Smooth is Your Choreography?

Speak and Deliver

Two speakers,Topics, a humorist, club business, an ah master, a grammarian, a general evaluator (me) - all the pieces were there. The strong transitions from President to Toastmaster to Evaluator to Speaker, etc, that come from repeated practice.

2011 74

Toastmasters Monday: Should We Vote For Best Anything?

Speak and Deliver

Other clubs limit their awards to Table Topics - I suppose because there is less personal investment in giving an impromptu table topic answer than a speech, and less chance for hurt feelings. Best" Award Best Practices: A.

2011 73

Speaking tips from "Serial"

Speak Schmeak

To figure out how to explain it to a jury, I heard a story that she went to a grade school and practiced. Let's be honest: How many of you work this hard to make sure your topic and concepts are understood by your audience?

2019 141

Four reasons to stop using PowerPoint

Speak Schmeak

If you insist on listing everything you know about your topic in the form of bullet points or complex charts and graphs, please don't inflict your slides on audiences. Many of my speaker colleagues reject the use of slides.

2018 207

Cisco Social Media Conference: Teaching elephants to dance

Ian Griffin - Professionally Speaking

The Ragan Communications Social Media Best Practices for Communicators Conference, hosted by Cisco Systems, wrapped up on Friday. Workshop and presentation topics included: How video is reshaping employee communications Social media tools for PR. The 3-day event promised to share ways to “engage employees, build strong customer relationships and create brand buzz online&# using social media.

Book review: The Healthy Programmer.

Craig Strachan - Keep Talking!

This book is a practical guide for computer programmers (or any office worker) who want to get more fit and healthy. The book goes into a lot of detail, and is full of references, real life stories about programmers that have become more healthy, and practical goals and actions.

2013 172

23 PowerPoint Presentation Tips for Creating Engaging and Interactive Presentations


Best Practice PowerPoint Presentation Tips. One Topic Per Slide. He was known to practice, practice, and keep on practicing. Best Practice PowerPoint Presentation Tips. Check out our most popular presentation templates at SlideModel > One Topic Per Slide.

Use the 4 principles of meaningful communication

PowerPoint Tips

Ideally, you”ll speak on topics that you know. Being accurate doesn’t mean that you have to include every piece of data and content you can find about a topic. Practice! Prepare and practice so that you can deliver a meaningful presentation.

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How to Create an Effective Brainstorming Process in Your Company


If you have fallen out of this practice, here’s your quick refresher on the subject. You place a topic in the center of a slide, a board, or on brainstorming worksheets (worksheets often work best, because individuals can conduct their mapping privately first).

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Be a Powerful Presenter … Even “On the Fly”

DeFinis Communications

We all know that when it comes to public speaking, “practice makes perfect.” So if you want to bring the house down, you have to prepare your script or outline in advance and practice your delivery by rehearsing out loud.

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