by Ron Kurtus (revised 30 September 2016)
This page consists of resources on public speaking topics, including fear of speaking, making business presentations, good communication, using humor in speeches and professional speaking.
(If you have any opinions on this material or have suggested additions, let me know about them.)
Select an area of interest to jump to:
- Books on speaking topics
- Audio tapes on speaking
- Software for speakers
The following Web sites provide general information to people interested in public speaking, as well as giving business presentations.
Public Speaking 101: Online Resources - Many resources on public speaking
Better Public Speaking - Overview from MindTools
Presentation Magazine - Articles on making presentation and giving speeches.
Presentation Skills - Graphical view of skills needed
These organizations and companies offer courses in public speaking and presentations. Some sites also include useful tips on speaking.
Introduction to Public Speaking - Free online course
The Public Speaking - Social Anxiety Center of NY - Offers courses on speaking and overcoming fear in New York City.
Berkley Productions - Offers training and tips on using your voice effectively.
Masters in Communication - Online masters programs in speaking
Dale Carnegie Training - Courses on business speaking
Toastmasters International - Organization to learn good speaking skills. Chapters throughout the world.
National Speakers Association - Association for professional speakers.
Meeting Professional International - Association of meeting planners.
Speak Inc. - A professional speakers bureau providing keynote speakers, motivational speakers, professional and corporate speakers
Celebrity Speakers - Global speaker bureau based in the UK
Some professional speakers provide tips, links or other interesting information.
Richard Arundel - Site of British speaker on high-tech subjects provides links to his favorite speaking sites.
Patricia Fripp - Includes many of her business articles on speaking and presentation skills.
Jim Barber - Barber Shop site gives tips for better speeches.
Anecdotage.com - Site with listing of anecdotes to use in speeches.
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The following books may help you increase your speaking skills. You can purchase them through Amazon.com or from your local bookstore.
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The following are selected audio cassettes that may help increase your speaking skills. You can purchase them through Amazon.com or from your local book or audio store.
Fear of speaking tapes
Speaking Without Fear or Nervousness
by Helen Sutton, Career Track Publications & Fred Pryor Seminars (1997) $12.76
Audio cassette tells how to conquer anxieties and uncover self-defeating thoughts by replacing them with positive expectations.
Smart Speaking: 60 Second Strategies for Speaking Problems & Fears
by Laurie Schloff and Marcia Yudkin, Penguin Audiobooks (1993) $11.00
Audio cassette with tips on getting rid of the fear of speaking.
Talk Your Way to Success: Wilder Method for Effective Business Communication
by Lilyan Wilder, Simon & Schuster Audio (1996) $9.60
Audio cassette on methods to improve public and business speaking skills.
Speaking Effective English: Your Guide to Acquiring New Confidence in Personal and Professional Communication
by Zoller, Watkins, Lampman and Asner, Simon & Schuster Audio (1999) $15.30
Audio cassette of advice from three voice coaches on improving speaking skills and overcoming problems.
Effective use of voice tapes
The Executive Voice Trainer
by Jeffery Jacobi, Dove Entertainment Inc. (1996) $25.46
4 audio cassettes on using your voice more effectively.
The Sound of Your Voice: The Essential Program for Communicating Confidently and Clearly
by Carol Fleming, Simon & Schuster Audio (1992) $23.20
4 audio cassettes on how to achieve a pleasant speaking voice.
The following software applications can help you develop a speech or presentation.
MindGenius - Business mind-mapping software
Inspiration - A graphical outliner or mind-mapping application aimed at younger students
Mindmapper - Another good mind-mapping tool.
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