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Chapter 7. Communication Skills > Presentations and Training

Presentations and Training

The sections that follow describe some key points regarding effective presentations. In addition, some excellent resources available for the prospective speaker are as follows:

  • Toastmasters International— http://www.toastmasters.com. Toastmasters is an international organization of clubs that meet (typically weekly or monthly) to provide a safe learning environment for presentation skills. Attendees are provided instruction and the opportunity to prepare presentations, receive feedback, and even practice ad-hoc, on-the-fly presentations. Most major cities contain clubs.

  • National Speaker’s Association— http://www.nsaspeaker.org. The National Speaker’s Association is geared toward the professional speaker; however, it has local chapters that often have “candidate” or other less formal instructional groups. Many of their members also provide coaching to nonprofessional speakers.

  • Public Speaking for Dummies by Malcolm Kushner— This book covers fundamental guidelines for preparing a presentation. Kushner gives advice for the occasional presenter on keeping your audience’s attention, overcoming stage fright, and ways that speaking can enhance your career.

  • AskOxford.com http://www.askoxford.com/betterwriting/osa/givingpresentations/. The AskOxford website has a nice tutorial on preparing and giving a presentation.

  • Community college courses— If you struggle greatly in this area, consider taking a course on public speaking at a local community college. One thing is for sure: Practice is the single greatest way to overcome fear of speaking and to help you learn how to create more compelling and interesting presentations.



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