Category Archives: Public Speaking

Pearson Education on Public Speaking – Part 2

Finding a Speech Topic What do you want to talk about? What experience and expertise have you? What are your personal concerns and convictions? After brainstorming topics for which you have interest and experience, begin to talk with colleagues to clarify your position. What has your audience asked you to address? According to Raymie McKerrow,… Continue Reading

Public Speaking Series by Pearson Education – Part 1

This is a great series on public speaking by Pearson Education. Part 1 – Considering the Occasion Journalists commonly address the questions Who did What? When? Where? Why? and How? The same questions can be starting points for selecting and organizing a topic for an informative speech.   To whom are you speaking?As you begin… Continue Reading


Are you a “valley girl” or a competent sounding and well spoken professional?  When you punctuate your speech with phrases such as “You know”, “Ummm”, “You know what I’m saying”, “You know what I mean?”, etc., these are examples of speech patterns that can make you sound poorly educated and can actually be annoying to… Continue Reading

First Woman in 20 years Wins World Championship of Public Speaking

  First woman in 20 years wins World Championship of Public Speaking – The Toastmaster magazine, October 2008 – By Paul Sterman and Beth Black As a girl growing up in a small Texas town, LaShunda Rundles regularly gave speeches and presentations – at events such as church programs, high school banquets and conventions. Not… Continue Reading