Trying to improve your public speaking skills? How about your ability to craft a compelling and persuasive story? Or maybe you’re looking to simply beef up your elocution skills so you can feel comfortable speaking in a large meeting.
Whatever your need – there’s a blog for that. And here I’ve brought together some of the best blogs out there on public speaking.
And the blogs are …
1. Public Words
It’s might just be me, but the content that I regularly receive in my inbox is always fantastic and incredibly timely. As our HubSpot Academy team at work decide to focus our efforts on effective vocal communication, I get an article titled “What voice should you use?“
Nick Morgan, the president and founder of Public Words is the one who contributes to the blog on a regular basis – and has even written a book titled Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others and Maximizing Your Personal Impact.
- 5 Tips to Public Speaking Success: I love this article as it is an honest account of what people should do and not do to be successful in a presentation. Number four is one I had to learn the hard way.
- How to Fail as a Professional Public Speaker – the Seven Habits of Highly Unsuccessful Speakers
- Do first impressions matter?
2. Six Minutes
Don’t let the less than sexy design distract you. The content here is pretty good and is read by folks of all kinds – those who are looking to improve the basics like eye contact and using our voice as a tool, those looking to find out the best book for their need (he has tons of public speaking book reviews), those looking to review TED speeches and see critiques and even tips for folks who are getting started with Toastmasters.
Read the content and try to apply his tips and concepts to your own presentations. One thing is clear, this blog is compromised of content from someone that eats their own dog food.
3. Big Fish Communication
The founders have one goal, and that’s to rid the world of terrible presentations. They have their own formula for successful presentations too – and that’s what is mostly comprised of on their blog. They work with a lot of folks helping them to create presentations that stick and what they learn is often what they take to their blog. They have content on the following topics:http://www.sarahbedrick.com/wp-admin/profile.php
- Best ways to open a presentation
- Best ways to close a presentation
- Design principles to consider when using photography in your slide decks
- Oh, and they even let ME guest post on their blog about the rookie mistakes people make when public speaking.
They don’t create content as often as some folks may like (meaning me) but it’s pretty great when they do.
4. Dr Michelle Mazur
I am a huge fan of this blog. The content is thoughtful and Michelle writes about topics that people actually want to read and writes them in a way that people actually are able to understand.
She is consistent (somebody has a good editorial calendar set up) and her content is written for the reader. One of my favorite things about this blog, she writes about things that many people don’t know about (real tips from an expert communicator) and also writes about topics that are slightly controversial. She seems to be aiming toward helping everybody learn how to better craft their message and then tell it with passion and precision. Here are some of my favorite posts from her blog:
- 5 Horrible Pieces of Advice for Public Speakers (And What To Do Instead)
- Presentation Lessons from Tony Robbins TED talk
- Every Speaker Needs a SAM
5. Speaking about Presenting
While the blog doesn’t seem to be updated regularly, the content on it is great. She seems to have somewhat of a more formulaic approach in that she talks about mind mapping, average attention spans and even flow. These are the more comprehensive types of blog posts that I enjoy reading. The reason for this is because it’s not just the information about a”body language tip” or a “how to make something stick” suggestions, but also the research behind these claims.
Some common pieces of content from the blog:
- How to handle a heckler – Hopefully something most speakers don’t have to go through, but it’s good to know in case you do.
- 5 Step Cure for Boring Body Language
- Conversational Presenting
6. Presentation Zen
Author of Presentation Zen and The Naked Presentation, Garr Reynolds, hosts many of his communication and presentation tips here on this blog. A lot of the content is thoughtful and it is evident Garr has a passion for what he’s covering. He pays homage to the newbies out there all the way to the experts by covering a wide range of content like the following, but nothing too comprehensive:
- Where to get good images
- Where to find good quotes
- And even covers specific methods of speakers like Godin, Kawasaki and Lessig
And beyond the presentation/public speaking blogging world:
If you’re really serious about this public speaking thing, then there are other tons of other options beyond blogs to read as well:
- Watch podcasts like Quick & Dirty Tips for the Public Speaker, Toastmasters Podcast or find some other popular ones here.
- Sign up for The University of Washington’s Coursera course titled Introduction to Public Speaking
- Get some experience from Toastmasters.org
- Join a community of speakers at NSA.org (National Speakers Association) to get access to more education and resources.
- Learn more about proper communication techniques.
Want an even more comprehensive list of the top blogs public speaking blogs out there online? Check out the 118 person list on the 6minutes blog or