Tactical Talks TOP 5: The Best Public Speaking Articles On The Web – Vol. #6

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ROUND 6 OF SCAVENGING BEGINS!

Each month I will scour the interwebz looking for the best articles on public speaking.

I'll be looking for topics like these:

  • Presentation tips
  • Body language and other technical speaking tips
  • And anything in between...

I'm looking for the interesting, the fascinating, the practical, and anything with worthwhile information to help you become a better communicator. ​

The best of the freaking best!

The purpose is to save you time. A lot of what's out there can get repetitive and end up wasting your time.

Don't worry, though, I'm doing the scavenging so you don't have to.

Grab a stick of dynamite and toss it into your coffee, and then start reading.

1. Be Confident When Called On!

Here's an article by Matt Abrahams that was published in the August edition of Toastmasters Magazine. It's practical and gives you some easy to follow steps for how to deal with impromptu speaking opportunities. Don't get the monthly Toastmasters Magazine? No problem. Check it out here

2. How To Hook Your Audience

Nothing like a good start, sure. But there's nothing like hooking your audience throughout your entire speech as well. Speaking master Nick Morgan gives some excellent advice on how to do just that. It's a unique perspective to say the least. Check out his article here.  

3. Step-by-Step Guide To Becoming A Better Speaker

This article posted on INC.com is flat out solid. In it you will find 31 steps to creating an awesome speech. They may not all apply, but you'll be better off for having read it. Go read it here.   

4. 13 Speakers Share Their Public Speaking Horror Stories

Learning from failure is priceless. The only thing better, is learning from the mistakes of OTHERS...Here's a list of 13 speakers and their tales. Oh yeah, they share their best speaking tips, too! 

5. The Science Of Funny? 

I first came across Peter McGraw when I read a book called The Humor Code, which is about what makes funny, well, funny. He co-authored the book with fellow funnyman, Joel Warner.

If you want to learn the science, pick up that book. Peter is a professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, so as you would imagine, he never shows up without back up (academic research!). Check out an article on the Benign Violation Theory

Bonus Article! 

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by public speaking master Ginger Public Speaking (Sarah Lloyd-Hughes). Check out the interview here.

And if public speaking interests you, be sure to check out Sarah's blog and her excellent book, How to be Brilliant at Public Speaking: Any Audience. Any Situation

Not only does Sarah provide excellent content on a consistent basis, but it's done in a fun and entertaining way. Can't beat that! 

That's it for this month's TOP 5. You know you want more, and more you shall have...NEXT MONTH that is. If you've got an article you think is TOP 5 material, list in the comment section below. If it makes the list, you'll get all the credit. 

See you next month! 

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Matt Kramer - Tactical Talks - Public Speaking

Howdy! My name is Matt Kramer and I used to suffer excruciating death when speaking in front of a group, now I LOVE it. Overcoming this fear has changed my life and it can change yours, too. My focus is to help you overcome the fear of public speaking so you can build the confidence to go after what you want in life.


  • Great article finds, Matt. Especially liked the one on being confident when called on. I’ll be sharing that one with some of my corporate clients. Love your site. Great stuff!

  • Helen Grimmett, Sydney, Australia says:

    Matt, You are inspirational and I just love your weekly email. My speaking has improved out of sight since I read your book. Keep up the good work and the great humour.
    Helen G
    Sydney, Australia