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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 International

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.

Phone: 949/858-8255


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Speaking in Public with Confidence
Author: Laurie E. Rozakis, Ph.D.
Publisher: Alpha Books
Year: 1995
ISBN: 0-02-861038-5

How to Present Like a Pro
Author: Lani Anedondo
Publisher: McGraw Hill
Year: 1991
ISBN: 0-07-002505-3

How to Write and Give a Speech
Author: Joan Detz
Publisher: St. Martin Press
Year: 1984 (revised 1992)
ISBN: 0-312-08218-5

Public Speaking Make Simple
Author: Curt Simmons
Publisher: Doubleday Made Simple Books
Year: 1996
ISBN: 0-385-48185-3

Tape Programs

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.

Phone: 800/525-9000

Internet Resources

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 Speaking
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.

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