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Resources for the week of February 27-March 2

27 Feb

As we start round 3 of speeches, here are some links to consider:

  • 10 Ways to Wow your Audience by Susan Krauss Whitbourne — “Here are the guidelines that great speakers follow that rely on simple application of these principles derived from social, educational, and applied psychology.”

and for those of you who are preparing your PowerPoint presentations for your design project:



27 Jan
  • About.com’s grammar and composition’s author is the prof who first introduced me to rhetoric, Richard Nordquist. Here’s his page on using transitional expressions — mainly in a written context, but some of the principles here could translate into your oral presentations.

Links to check out:

25 Jan
  • More on storytelling: here’s a YouTube video with Ira Glass, host of the NPR show This American Life, discussing the ‘building blocks’ of what it takes to tell a good story.
  • Even TED speakers are anxious before their presentation — a reflective post featuring several TED speakers’ thoughts on their nervousness before a speech

The anatomy of a good speech

12 Jan

Here’s a link to some ideas from Chris Brogan on how to make better presentations — including emphasis on including WIFM appeals and a good structure. My favorite part of Brogan’s post is the list of links he gives of inspiration for great speeches. Check it out!


The 10 TED Commandments

9 Jan

Throughout the term I’ll be referring to several TED talks. For one, the topics are not only interesting, but many of them are inspiring (both personally and professionally) — but I also like TED talks because they’re good examples to learn from. TED speakers are typically engaging and passionate, which are two qualities you’ll probably want to possess as a speaker.

Here’s a list that’s known as the TED Commandments (which could also be useful to you as you prepare your 401 speeches):

1. Be personal.

2. Be vulnerable.

3. Make people laugh/cry.

4. Do something the audience will remember forever.

5. Say something you’ve never said before.

6. Share an idea that could change the world.

7. Do not pitch for your company or organization.

8. Do not go over your allotted time.

9. Do not read.

10. Rehearse and be spontaneous.



Which TED talks are your favorite?

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