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New Years Resolutions: Improve my Public Speaking

Posted by Presentation Skills on January 3, 2008

With the dawning of the New Year, many people set their New Years Resolution to improve their public speaking skills.  If this is you, here are a few organisations that you might like to consider

  1. Toastmasters: Toastmasters is the worlds leading organisation for teaching public speaking. Based in the USA, it has clubs all over the world. This link will take you to Toastmasters in Australia. I have been a member of Toastmasters in South Australia for years and have benefited greatly from it. Another organisation that can help with this is Australia’s Rostrum. Rostrum has their own program designed to improve your public speaking skills
  2. The second way to improve your public speaking skills is to attend a “private” public speaking course. This link will take you to a one-day course. You can get extended public speaking courses that offer more information.
  3. One-on-one public speaking coaching will allow you to really improve your skills. Often CEO’s and the like use one-on-one coaching to refine their skills to allow them to be the leader they need to be.
  4. You can visit various public speaking websites to get information for free on them. Some great ones are Executive Speaking, David Brooks, the public speaking blog, Tom Antion, and of course this blog!
  5. Read articles on public speaking. You can get great articles on public speaking by trawling the net.
  6. Join the National Speakers Association. While this association does not teach public speaking in the same way that Toastmasters does, it will give you the skills that build on Toastmasters training. There are National Speakers associations all over the world. I am a member of the National Speakers Association of Australia
  7. Finally, you can just get out there and practice. As the the 2001 Word Champion of Public Speaking Darren LaCroix says, “Stage time, Stage time, Stage time” is the best way to improve. Just get up and have a go. You wont be as bad as you think you are – no one ever is.

’til next time.
Cheers

Darren Fleming

Australia’s Public Speaking Coach

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4 Responses to “New Years Resolutions: Improve my Public Speaking”

  1. Bronwyn said

    Hi Darren,

    I have to agree that you can do a course, have coaching, but nothing beats the opportunity to have regular stage time and constructive feed back while you build your skills. Toastmasters is fantastic for this. Another great public speaking organisation is POWERtalk International (formerly ITC). You can check out the website for Australia at http://www.itcaustregion.org.au

  2. Hi Bronwyn,

    Thanks for dropping by and making a contribution.

    Hope to see(?) you again soon.

    Cheers

    Darren

  3. Eric said

    Hey Darren,

    It has been a looooooooong time since we drop each other emails. Great timing with this post. A good reminder that anyone can become a better speaker if they start taking action and as you pointed out, there are so many options and opportunities. Stay in touch!

  4. flemo1974 said

    Hey Eric,

    thanks for dropping by.

    Yes we should keep intouch a bit more and get some of those projects going.

    Cheers

    Darren Fleming

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