Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Blog Carnival – Edition 1

Presentation Skills
Welcome to the May, 2008 edition of the Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Blog Carnival. We’ve got some great entries in this first edition on a variety of subjects. If you’d like to participate in a future edition of this carnival, you can learn more about the carnival or go right over to Blog Carnival to submit a post.


Professionally Speaking


Eric Feng presents Here’s Why Some Speakers Are Paid $10,000 For Just A 40 Mins Speech posted at The Public Speaking Blog.


Public Speaking Success: How to Create a Presentation for Work

Public speakingSo you’ve done something great at work such as finished a tough project, discovered a new way to be profitable or solved a difficult problem. You’re a star, your coworkers and peers admire you and you’re rewarded by … having to give a speech about it.

As you probably know, public speaking is the number one social fear (and some studies show people fear it even more than death). If you’re already uncomfortable speaking to groups, the added pressure of having to do it well as part of your job can cause you reason for panic. Fortunately, you can succeed – it’s not as bad you think it is. Success: How to Create a Presentation for Work”>(more…)

How High School Musical 2 Teaches Kids the Wrong Lesson

High School Musical 2With all the hype surrounding the upcoming High School Musical 3 movie, I figured I’d take a moment to comment on something that bothers with the second movie. More racy pictures of Vanessa Hudgens? A scandal? The cast making unruly demands? Not at all. What really bothers me is the way the major conflict within the movie is handled: the premise that it’s more important to be liked than it is to go after your goals.

Public Speaking Success: The Power of Audience Reactions

Public SpeakingThe way the audience reacts can often make or break your presentation. I’ve seen dead audiences bring down great presenters and excited audiences make so-so speeches come alive. From my own personal experience as a speaker, I thrive off of audience energy – it’s like a natural high. There’s nothing like the feeling of an audience positively reacting to your speech.

Public Speaking Success: Hostile Audiences Part 2 – How to Prevent Them

Hositle audiences In Part 1 of this series, we talked about what causes hostile audiences, now we’ll discuss some measures to help prevent them. In general, you need adequate preparation to prevent a hostile audience and that boils down to researching your audience. When you’re nailing down the details for your speech with the person organizing the event, a little research up front can go a long way.

Since everyone’s situation is different, not all of these tips may apply to you. For example, if you’re delivering an inspiration story about how you survived cancer, you’re not worried about people judging you based on the company you work for. So we’ll discuss some preventative measures for each of the main points from part 1.

Communication Success: The Cure for Over Communicating

Have you ever been accused of over communicating? Many of us tend to add in more details than necessary when we communicate. Hence the term “TMI,” an acronym for “too much information.” So let’s look at over communication in a bit more detail.

What is over communication:

Over communication occurs when we provide irrelevant information or get too deep in to details when we communicate. For example, if someone you barely know asks how you’re doing, an over communicated answer would be:

Tips for Toastmasters: How to Get the Most Out of Your Toastmasters Experience

Public SpeakingI always look back at the five years that I was involved with Toastmasters International with fond memories. I served as V.P of Education and Club President with a great group of officers, as an Area Governor and mentored several people. I’ve earned several awards, conducted speech contests and participated in a variety of Toastmasters related events. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting some of the friendliest people (hundreds of them) within my own clubs, through events at the district level and even on-line through my blog, e-zine subscribers and other discussion groups.