The links I have included on this page are the ones that I believe that you should explore if you want to become a better public speaker. Please mention in your comments if you have a favorite link or two that you would like included. More importantly, if you want YOUR link included, let’s swap links.
Champs Edge: This link will connect you with six world champions–Darron Lacoix, Craig Valentine, Mark Brown, Ed Tate, and David Brooks–and Patricia Fripp, an outstanding speech coach. They offer boot camps in speaking, storytelling, humor, and becoming a professional speaker among other things. They also have books, DVDs, and CDs as well as a service to critique your speeches. The genesis of all three of my speeches I used in reaching the finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking was their boot camps. The principals of the EDGE have their own web sites that should also be looked at.
Lance Miller: Another World Champion who is a valuable resource to public speakers is Lance Miller. Two days before the District Conference in 2008, he gave me an hour of his time and refocused my speech. I am convinced that this is what made me a winner.
Randy Harvey: One more World Champion who helped me, this time with my Regional Speech in 2008. His DVDs are excellent.
The following blogs are filled with tips and articles about improving your speaking and presentation skills. I recommend each of them.
Six Minutes by Andrew Dlugan: sixminutes.dlugan.com
Speak Schmeak by Lisa Braithwaite: coachlisab.blogspot.com
Presentation Zen by Gair Reynolds: www.presentationzen.com/presentationzen
Speaking About Presenting by Olivia Mitchell: speakingaboutpresenting.com
Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte: blog.duarte.com
Speak and Deliver by Rich Hopkins: speakanddeliver.blogspot.com
Professionally Speaking by Ian Griffin: www.exec_comms.com/blog/
The Accidental Communicator by Jim Anderson: www.theaccidentalcommunicator.com
Professionally Speaking . . . by Kathy Rieffenstein: andnowpresenting.typepad.com/professionally_speaking