In The News… Links of the Week


Twitter provides me with a wealth of information on a daily basis, so I thought I’d start bookmarking each week’s most incredible news and articles.  This particular collection of good reads includes the 7 deadly sins of public speaking, CSA Images and French Paper Co., and turning an ordinary presentation into a powerful story.

Andrew Dlugan of Six Minutes explains the 7 Deadly Sins of Public Speaking here.  How do sloth, envy, lust, gluttony, greed, wrath, and pride relate to public speaking?  Dlugan explains each deadly sin and gives examples of how to avoid committing those sins in your presentations.

This week, I attended a wonderful presentation by Charles S. Anderson, and I wanted to share with you his beautiful image collection.  He explains the CSA Images website as “A Modern Design Resource for Art and Illustration.”  Anderson’s close friend and business associate, Jerry French of French Paper Co., introduced his speech.  Check out the gorgeous paper at French Paper Co. here.

How do you take an ordinary presentation and turn it into a powerful story?  Dr. Nick Morgan of Public Words explains here.  Morgan explains that there are five basic stories in our culture: quest, stranger in a strange land, rags to riches, revenge, and love story. His article claims that “once you understand the basics of powerful stories, you’ll get how to transform your presentation into one” (Source).

This week, my Professional Communication and Presentation class examined Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s persuasive “I Have a Dream” speech for ethos, pathos, and logos – Aristotle’s three modes of persuasion.  There are three fantastic resources for studying MLK’s “Dream” speech on your own.  First, watch the speech here.  Next, read the transcript here.  Third, listen to this NPR interview with Clarence Jones.  He helped MLK draft the “Dream” speech and offers amazing insight at the 20:00 mark.  Lastly, watch Nancy Duarte’s analysis of “Dream” utilizing her sparkline tool here.

What amazing presentation and public speaking links can you share this week?

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