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Create the ‘Best-Speech-of-Your-Life’

Introduction

Below are all the articles in the Create the ‘Best-Speech-of-Your-Life’ series. Articles without links will be posted later. For those interested in communicating more effectively (but in less time), check back later for a future article.

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Best Speech Articles

  • First Draft
    • Just write, idea generation, audience identification, writing habit, writing process
  • Second Draft
    • Purpose, theme, structure, editing
  • Upgrade
    • Engaging introduction
    • Ask questions
    • Memorable communication (Made to Stick)
    • Storytelling (Vonnegut, The Writer’s Journey)
    • Add more humor
    • Powerful conclusion
  • Evolve
    • Example of speech evolution
  • Get Feedback
    • Mentor identification, feedback mindset, capturing input
    • Rewriting, the improvement process
  • Act
    • Eye contact, movement, gestures
    • Vocal variety – pace, power, pause, pitch
  • Practice
    • Recording and listening to audio, watching video
    • Preparing for variables: room, reactions, equipment
    • Visualization
  • Perform
    • Calming nerves
    • Adapt in the flow, have fun, enjoy the moment
Speaking dropping mic, "Are you not entertained?"

Additional Resources

This list contains the best book, articles, or other materials I’ve found for learning to become a better public speaker. Not all are directly about speech, but when applied they will grow your skills in producing memorable messages.

Books

  • Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • The Creative Habit by Twyla Twarp
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • The Writer’s Journey: Mythical Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  • Contagious by Jonah Berger
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

Articles