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, Bruce Gronbeck, Douglas Ehninger and Alan Monroe, a topic may interest an audience for several reasons: It concerns their health, happiness or security

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 your talk, it is imperative that you consider carefully your audience. What do they think about you? If you are representing a profession, agency, or organization, what

UM, DUH, AHH, YOU KNOW, LIKE, RIGHT…

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 the person listening to you. Do you find this surprising?  I have no argument with relaxed colloquial speech but there is a time and a place for it and generally a business or fo

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 that she chose to do so ­– she was terrified at the prospect of facing audiences. It was Rundles’ mother – a local educator ­­– who steered her into such app