Speaking Tips from Around the Web


In today’s post, I’ve gathered a handful of excellent links to some great articles people have published on a variety of topics. From making the most of social media, to how to recover when things collapse, there’s some great stuff out there that will help you become better at capturing the audience’s attention.

Social Media Goodness:

  • Integrating Twitter in Public Speaking by Denise Graveline. Denise offers some excellent tips and tricks for making use of the Twitter “backchannel” as a means of preparing for, and responding to, your audience. Great article.
  • Keep an eye on the Backchannel by Cliff Atkinson. This is a slightly older article about dealing with negative attention on Twitter during a presentation or talk. Other than the fact that it uses the word “Tweckler,” an offense for which Cliff should be beaten with a wet noodle, it has some really good insights into making use of the backchannel to respond to criticism.

Tools of the Trade:

  • How To Use a Microphone by Lisa Braithwaite. I make no secret about my distaste for microphones. I find that people use them poorly, and often they hinder more than they help. Lisa outlines, quickly and clearly, some of the key things you need to know if you’re going to use a microphone in your speech. (She even has a downloadable PDF at the end that you can use to remind yourself.)
  • Use PowerPoint to Create a Visual Resume by Jon Thomas. This is a really innovative idea, that brings new utility to PowerPoint. This article spawned a great discussion with one of my colleagues that will become my next update. Keep an eye out here to find out more.

Coping With Disaster:

  • When PowerPoint Attacks by Tim Washer. Tim is hilarious. And the video he links to in this article is a spectacular comedy of errors during one of his presentations to the Kennedy Center at Harvard University. Absolutely nothing, it seems, goes according to plan. Tim takes it in stride, and demonstrates the best way to handle PowerPoint disasters.
  • 5 Tips for When A Speech Goes Horribly Wrong by Nick Morgan. Building on Tim’s theme, Nick Morgan takes a good look at other coping mechanisms to help you handle when things break down. The lesson learned is that audiences are helpful, and they want you to succeed.

Any other hot links to great content around the web? Share ‘em in the comments, folks!

  1. I’m delighted to be included here–this, too, is a great blog and a great read. Thanks for the shout-out!