Blogs and Websites
- Six Minutes:
Get some amazing advice on building your speech and presentation
skills from Six Minutes. Visitors to the site will find tips on
everything from delivery techniques to building the perfect PowerPoint
- Speak Schmeak:
Blogger Lisa Braithewaite is a public speaking coach and through her
blog she shares some tips and advice that just about anyone can use to
improve their public speaking abilities.
- Presentation Zen:
Are presentations the bane of your existence? Take a look at this
blog by Garr Reynolds to learn how to design a better, more impactful
- Professionally Speaking:
Here you'll find Ian Griffin, a technology speechwriter, as he offers
tips and tools for writing, delivering, and nailing all kinds of
- The Accidental Communicator:
From adding humor to watching your body language, Dr. Jim Anderson explains how to become a better public speaker on this blog.
Want some free speech training? Then sign up for this site, which
offers you the chance to upload a speech (audio or video) and get
reviews from others interested in public speaking.
- Toastmasters International:
One of the best ways to improve your public speaking is to join
Toastmasters, which you can learn more about through their website here.
You'll feel more confident about public speaking when you have an
amazing visual backdrop to go with what you're saying, which you can
build through free online presentation tool Prezi.
If Prezi isn't cutting it for you, you can also try Empressr, which
makes it simple to embed all kinds of rich media into a presentation,
from music to video to photos.
- Presentation Skills Self-Evaluation:
This evaluation tool from Psychology Today will help you take a
critical look at your public speaking and pinpoint ways in which you can
Vocaroo is a basic online voice recording application, perfect for
listening to your own speaking skills so you can take notes and improve.
- Google Docs:
Constantly worried you'll lose your notes for a presentation en
route? With Google Docs, you'll have them anywhere you can get Wi-Fi or a
MindMeister makes it simple to track your ideas. Brainstorm as you
build an amazing mindmap, helping you generate lots of new ideas for a
Through thinklinkr, you can develop an outline for a speech or
presentation, and share it with others to get helpful feedback and
Myna is another online voice recorder, but a bit more fully featured
than Vocaroo, allowing you to edit or add effects to your recordings.
Need an audience for your speech before you stand in front of your
real audience? Skype may be one of your best options, allowing you to
transmit video and audio to friends, family, and coworkers who can help
you build a better speech.
- Virtual Speech Timer:
Those who need to fit a speech into a given time slot should check
out this online speech timer. It will help you trim down or bulk up your
speech to a given time limit.
YouTube is a valuable resource for a number of reasons. It is an
excellent place to find educational videos on public speaking, classes,
or inspirational speeches. It's also a great place to post your own
videos for feedback.
- American Rhetoric:
Read and hear speeches from some of the greatest speakers the world
has ever known when you visit this site and peruse its amazing
collection. You're sure to find something that inspires you.
If you're looking for a more cutting-edge example of a good speech,
then try out TED. Through it, you'll get access to an amazing assortment
of high-quality talks that are funny, inspiring, informative, or all of
- Rate Speeches:
Through Rate Speeches, you can find some great speeches, rate them, or find the tools to evaluate your own.
- 101 YouTube Videos to Teach You the Art of Public Speaking:
This collection of videos offers numerous ways to fine tune your public speaking skills.
- Learn Out Loud Public Speaking Books:
Here you'll find a great assortment of audio books, some free, some not, all related to the art of public speaking.
- Communication for Managers:
When you think about it, we're all managing something, so learning
communication skills related to management is essential. This course at
MIT will help to teach you just that, improving your ability to work
with others, mediate, and project confidence.
- iTunes U:
There are dozens of classes on iTunes U related to public speaking
and communications from leading universities and organizations. It's the
perfect place to build skills without shelling out for formal classes.
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