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Resources for Speakers

Some excellent resources for speakers and speechwriters are available on the web. If you need inspiration for a speech, whether it is a wedding toast, retirement speech, euology or a special presentation, here are some websites that will help.

Tips for presenting an effective speech

Six Minutes: Public Speaking and Presentation Skills blog  
Andrew Dlugan got the title of his blog from the average time of a Toastmasters speech. His site focuses on speaking and speechwriting tips as well as reviews of books to help speakers and writers improve.  

Manner of Speaking
John Zimmer, an attorney who has captured some international speaking titles from Toastmasters provides excellent advice on delivery techniques. He also analyzes great speeches so we can all improve by studying these examples.

Toastmasters, International
The educational organization known worldwide for helping people become accomplished public speakers has a variety of resources. Search for a local chapter to find a solid program that will help you gain confidence and enhance your speaking skills. 

Rhetorical Devices – A Comprehensive Discussion of Rhetoric and Argument from the Howard L. Nations Law firm. 
This article focuses on helping attorneys develop compelling closing arguments but you don't have to be a lawyer to use these techniques.  

Rhetorical Devices 
Professor James Tomlinson of Bloomsburg University gives examples and concise definitions of rhetorical devices used in great speeches.

Say what you mean with conviction
This short video by Justin Taylor is a wake-up call about getting rid of useless phrases in your speech.

School Resources Public Speaking Guide
A treasure trove of speaking tips from reducing anxiety to using PowerPoint effectively that was suggested by a student in the Green Mountain Central School District in Vermont.

Speaker checklist
A downloadable list of everything a speaker could possibly need from breath mints to spare batteries.
 

Examples of great speeches

Vital Speeches Of The Day 

TED Talks: Riveting Talks by Remarkable People – Ideas Worth Spreading.
Great speakers surface in all walks and professions. This site collects gems from the worlds of business, education and civic organizations.

The Top 100 American Speeches as selected by American Rhetoric
This site contains both printable and audio versions of some of the most significant speeches in American history.   


Tools for speechwriters

Online Rhyming Dictionary If you are a poet and know it, this site will help you write rhyming verses. If you believe poetry does not need to rhyme, this site will be pretty useless.
Cicero Speechwriting Awards: Honoring Excelence In Speechwriting 
A site for speechwriters who want to match their skills with others in the profession.

Collections of everything speech-related
Alltop.com, the WalMart for webpages, offers a listing of bloggers with the best advice on speechwriting, public speaking and presentation skills. 

Quotation sources

The Quotations PageA good source for famous quotes

Living Life Fully - A collection of motivational and inspirational quotes on a variety of topics.

Quotations for Speakers - More quotations to help you illustrate your points.

Inspirational Quotes
-- Quotes on a comprehensive list of topics from Acceptance to Work Ethic.

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Speaker checklist

Toast and speech tips

Tributes

Retirement speeches                      

Wedding speeches


Birthday speeches  
                     

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