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
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
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.
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.
Here's a list with examples of your favorite
rhetorical devices as well as a few dozen you've never
heard of. Stretch yourself and try something new.
A downloadable list of everything a speaker could
possibly need from breath mints to spare batteries.
A blog by Harvard Professor Nick Morgan who writes about
speaking techniques with some interesting connections to
the neuroscience of body language, presentations and
Examples of great speeches
Of The Day
Riveting Talks by Remarkable People – Ideas Worth
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
Tools for speechwriters
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.
Speechwriting Awards: Honoring Excelence In
A site for speechwriters who want to match their
skills with others in the profession.
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
Quotations Page – A good source for famous
Life Fully - A collection of motivational and
inspirational quotes on a variety of topics.
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