Additional Resources for Public Speaking
by Matthew Arnold Stern
The following is a reference I distributed at the Orange County STC with resources
on public speaking.
Yes, you can speak in public!
Public speaking may be people's greatest fear, but it is a great way to improve your
overall communications skills, increase your professional value, and increase visibility
for yourself and the technical communications field.
Tonight's presentation covers the basics of how to overcome nervousness, prepare a
speech, and present it effectively. If you want to learn more about public speaking, refer
to the following list of organizations, publications, and other resources.
Toastmasters is an international organization dedicated to help people improve their
communications skills. At Toastmasters meetings, you will gain experience in public
speaking and get valuable guidance and supportive feedback to help you refine your skills.
There are numerous Toastmasters clubs that meet at a variety of times and locations
throughout Southern California. Contact Toastmasters International headquarters in Mission
Viejo for locations and times.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speaking in Public with Confidence
Author: Laurie E. Rozakis, Ph.D.
Publisher: Alpha Books
How to Present Like a Pro
Author: Lani Anedondo
Publisher: McGraw Hill
How to Write and Give a Speech
Author: Joan Detz
Publisher: St. Martin Press
Year: 1984 (revised 1992)
Public Speaking Make Simple
Author: Curt Simmons
Publisher: Doubleday Made Simple Books
Nightingale Conant sells a variety of audio and video programs about public speaking as
well as programs on business education, self-improvement, and motivation. Contact
Nightingale Conant for a catalog.
The Internet contains a vast amount of information about public speaking. One search I
did found over 10,000 sites, including information about classes and books. Here are some
sites with useful tips on public speaking.
The Art of Public Speaking
A good summary of the dos and don'ts of public speaking from Serendipity Communications, a
marketing, advertising, public relations, and writing firm.
Edward Tufte on Public
These notes from a lecture by Edward Tufte (author of Envisioning Information) come from
student Ted Romer. Romer lists Tufte's 17 tips on effective public speaking.
Lenny's Speaking Tips of the Month
Useful, detailed tips on public speaking from renowned public speaker Lenny Laskowski. He
also offers seminars and gives keynote speeches. He is the author of Dynamic Presentation
Skills for the Business Professional, and he has a new book on public speaking coming out
early in 1997.