By Dr. Mary Wilkins-Jordan, Librarian
Many people are nervous about speaking in front of groups. Everyone can get better at this! Some people are born feeling at ease in a group; some are born shaking in their boots at the idea of public speaking. But everyone can improve, build skills, and feel more confident in their own performance.
The library has all sorts of resources available to help you to find good things to improve your own public speaking - and to give you some examples you can follow in making yourself a better speaker.
Books in the library: (Links will take you to our catalog)
- The complete idiot's guide to Public speaking, by Rozakis, Laurie.
- Better business speech : techniques, tricks, and shortcuts for public speaking at work, by Geiger, Paul
- Talk like TED : the 9 public speaking secrets of the world's top minds, by Gallo, Carmine
- Speak up! : an illustrated guide to public speaking, by Fraleigh, Douglas.; Tuman, Joseph S.
- Fear-less public speaking, by McCue, Kevin J.
- 10 days to more confident public speaking, by Laskowski, Lenny.; Princeton Language Institute.; Philip Lief Group.
Online books: (links will take you to our catalog)
- Speak Out, Call In: Public Speaking as Advocacy, by Mapes, Meggie
- The Book on Public Speaking, by Morrison, Topher ; Comm, Joel
- The Young Adult's Guide to Public Speaking: Tips, Tricks & Expert Advice for Delivering a Great Speech without Being Nervous, by Atlantic Publishing
- Advocacy and public speaking : a student's introduction, by Halbert, Derek.; Whitaker, Hayley
A few TED Talks on public speaking:
- TED's secret to great public speaking
- How to speak so that people want to listen
- Your body language may shape who you are
- Talk nerdy to me
- Why I live in mortal dread of public speaking
- Lies, damned lies and statistics (about TEDTalks)
If you need other resources, or want to explore some different topics and ideas, you can always find me in the library or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.