If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you may already have been enlightened as to how effective public speaking is a vital skill for anyone to learn, whether they are a professional or a student, adult or teen.
Public speaking has been used by humans for centuries as a means of communication, and interestingly it is a skill that we can learn at any point in our lives – it’s never too late to pick up great oral communication skills!
Some youngsters are destined to be up in front of a crowd and happily continue to speak in public with no stage fright while others develop public speaking anxiety as they get older and realise that it is a requirement of life… but the truth is that it’s worse to avoid public speaking as it actually gets easier with each and every speaking situation!
So the more speeches you give, the quicker you will banish the nerves!
If you are one of those people who gets awkward in certain social situations or has a fear of speaking in public, then you might benefit from a public speaking course or consulting a coach to help with this personal development skill. If, however, you just want to find a few tips or to find someone to help you remotely, then you could look out for some online resources to help you improve your speech writing and presenting.
Are you biting your nails about a presentation you have to give soon? Photo credit: Maxwell GS on VisualHunt / CC BY
In this digital age, it’s no wonder that people are turning to the Internet to educate them and nurture them through their learning journey. And because what we can find on the web is seemingly endless, it’s no surprise that there are more than just a few ways of getting better at public speaking and pretty much anything, for that matter, using online resources!
So, we’ve already gathered that using the Internet to find help with speaking skills is convenient and easy, but why else should we be making use of the World Wide Web?
At times, it can be hard to trust the information you find the Internet what with all the fraud that is facilitated thanks to the cyber world – i.e. “Is it a robot?”, “Is the content genuine?”, “Is this a real company I am paying?” It’s enough to make you feel a little nervous!
But, on the other hand, if you think about, how fantastic is it being able to learn from people all over the world, sharing in their knowledge, successes, experiences and opinions… it offers such a rich learning environment that you simply could not replicate anywhere in the ‘real world’.
I mean, when else can you get the chance to get valuable coaching from a) a celebrity, expert, national treasure or similar whilst also taking lessons from students with a new, modern perspective on the subject in question?
With websites, video tutorials, blogs, online quizzes, digital textbooks, podcasts, audiobooks and many more online resources available at the touch of a button, there’s certainly a way for you to obtain some advanced presentation skills using public speaking training!
Below are just a few websites that might be of interest to you as a budding keynote speaker, some of which are educational or not for profit, and can help you with effective communication.
To break personal barriers…
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that aims to teach public speaking skills through a network of clubs.
“Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 358,000 in more than 16,800 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. […]
Everything in Toastmasters revolves around the club. With a network of 16,800 clubs across 143 countries, you are sure to find one near you! Most clubs have around 20 members and meet once a week for an hour.”
With over 350,000 members across 143 countries, the 16800 clubs enable you to break barriers by improving your speaking skills, enhancing your leadership skills and maximising your potential in life and business.
Charisma when speaking publicly is something that can be learned! Photo credit: Gage Skidmore on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA
Kevin Kelly is a website that demands attention – that’s just how powerful a speak its owner is!
“Born into a business family, Kevin began his sales apprenticeship in the family shop in the West of Ireland at the tender age of six. Very soon he became aware of the power of attention – different types of attention! [His] upbringing and associated learnings were the catalyst for his subsequent career in sales and marketing. On graduating with a Marketing degree, Kevin consistently broke sales records in each of companies he worked for, culminating in him being continuously head hunted.”
“Finally in 1990, Kevin honoured his entrepreneurial DNA and set up his own company, Advanced Marketing. The company dedicated itself initially to increasing the sales of small and medium businesses, in addition to exhaustively researching the area of personal and business potential. In 1996, Kevin committed to writing a Best Selling book on motivation, the first of its kind on the Irish market. “How? When You Don’t Know How” became a mega best seller. […] Staying true to his Irish roots, Kevin is a master storyteller who has worked around the world with Fortune 500 companies and prestigious associations like the Million Dollar Round Table. Kevin’s keynotes consistently deliver an interactive conversation that engages, informs, inspires and empowers attendees with a toolbox of invaluable takeaways.”
For charismatic storytelling…
Public Words is a blog and part of the Public Words website set up by Dr. Nick Morgan.
“Public Words will help you get there. We’re a boutique family-owned consulting firm. We were started in 1997 by Dr. Nick Morgan to help people tell their stories in more powerful ways. We work with individuals and organization one by one, on highly customized, unique projects that are tailored to your specific needs. At Public Words, we work with people who come from all over the world and all kinds of organizations. Some are high-level executives who need help communicating with employees or other stakeholders. Some are professional speakers, or aspiring ones. Some are entrepreneurs, politicians, celebrities, academics. Some represent organizations that want to expand into new markets or deliver a new brand message.”
The professionals behind this conception work with celebrities, authors, speakers and business people and helps them bring their ideas to life, just like they could with you. They have the tools to help you tell a story, get your words down in order to publish a book, create a business or brand, develop a following or community and deliver any speeches with charisma.
The blog has, on average, four new posts per month for you to read.
Ummo is an app available to iPhone users which tracks your speech and picks up on all your Umms and Uhhs, as well as keeping on top of your pace, clarity and the power of the words you choose. A feature of this app is the ability to tell it which keywords or phrases you want to track in particular for the purpose of reducing repetition.
Use your smartphone to plan and rehearse a speech. Photo on Visualhunt.com
An app for Android users, SpeakApp is a toolkit for Toastmasters and for anyone who wishes to improve their public speaking skills. Its powerful features mean that you can time yourself, count hesitations, and structure your speeches, and it also offers a profile page, nifty table topics, a word of the day, a club finder and other motivational features.
This app designed for Samsung smartphones is a self-training app for public speakers. One of the most adaptable apps, this one offers three settings making it relevant to almost everyone – School, Business and Daily Life.
Each setting consists of levels with various topics and to advance to the next level you must pass each previous lesson. What’s more, the criteria for a pass or fail is based upon scientific research within the field as well as medically-proven facts.
And there you have it – quite enough for you to get stuck into for now…
Hopefully, we’ll be hearing from you very soon!
Do you want to explore some of the reasons why it might be important to be good at public speaking? If so, click here!