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Public Speaking Resources

by Ron Kurtus (updated 25 July 2023)

The following is a compilation of resources on public speaking.


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Public speaking

Better Public Speaking - Overview from MindTools

Overcome Public Speaking Anxiety

15 Super Actionable Public Speaking Tips

27 Public Speaking Anxiety Tips - From

10 Public Speaking Tips - From Purdue University

Tips for Giving Clear Talks

Speaking topics

Public Speaking Speech Topics and Ideas

Persuasive Speech Topics

Argumentative Speech Topics

Informative Speech Topics

Courses on speaking

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.

The Great Voice Company - Offers training and tips on using your voice effectively.


Toastmasters International - Organization to learn good speaking skills. Chapters throughout the world.

National Speakers Association - Association for professional speakers.

Speakers bureaus

Speak Inc. - A professional speakers bureau providing keynote speakers, motivational speakers, professional and corporate speakers

Celebrity Speakers - Global speaker bureau based in the UK

Tips from professional speakers

Some professional speakers provide tips, links or other interesting information.

Patricia Fripp - Includes many of her business articles on speaking and presentation skills.

Jim Barber - site gives tips for better speeches.


Presentation Skills - Graphical view of skills needed

Books on speaking topics

The following books may help you increase your speaking skills. You can purchase them through or from your local bookstore.

Top-rated books on Public Speaking

Top-rated books on Fear of Speaking

Top-rated books on Persuasive Speaking

Top-rated books on Professional Public Speaking

Top-rated books on Business Presentations

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Audio tapes on speaking

The following are selected audio cassettes that may help increase your speaking skills. You can purchase them through 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.

Communication tapes

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.

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