November 30, 2009

Holiday shopping for the speakers on your list



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Once again, Andrew Dlugan at Six Minutes has posted an excellent list of gifts for speakers. And once again, I will follow suit with my own list. You should find excellent gifts in all price ranges on both our lists, whether for the seasoned pro or for the busy speaker-around-the-office.

(My favorite previously mentioned countdown timer has been discontinued... I'll be on the lookout for a suitable replacement and report back!)


Technology

Listen to your presentation after the fact with a digital voice recorder

Videotape yourself (and -- why not? -- your audience) with this tiny Flip Mino camcorder

Unhitch yourself from the laptop with a wireless presentation remote

If you don't want to leave your technology to chance, invest in your own portable Super-Slim Data Projector

Visuals

Make your audience notes portable when you carry a lightweight
table top easel pad


Or if you're in the market for a reusable flip chart, try this table top dry erase easel pad (I've never tried this one but I love the idea!)

I like these scented colored markers, but if you prefer unscented bullet tip markers, try these instead.

Fun and Useful Tools

Document stand for your speaker notes

To keep your audience engaged and stimulated, bring toys, toys, and more toys (I also like to give my tiny "No Hecklers" buttons to audience members...)

Use this hand pointer to poke some fun at the audience

Carry your speaking gear in a "No Hecklers" tote bag!

Or how about a t-shirt, mug, or magnet for your favorite speaker? Sayings include, "Speakers do it in front of an audience," "Old speakers never die, they just go on and on," and "I could talk 'til you're blue in the face."

Reading Recommendations

Learn how to make your message memorable with Chip and Dan Heath's
Made to Stick


Dump the boring templates and bullets and create engaging support materials with Beyond Bullet Points

Get the inside scoop on handling media like a pro with Media Training A-Z

An interesting sneak peek behind the scenes of the motivational speaking industry Yes You Can! Behind the Hype and Hustle of the Motivation Biz

And if you'd like an alternative to the usual Martin Luther King/Lincoln/Churchill "famous speeches" books, how about one that shines the spotlight on historical speeches by women? Women at the Podium : Memorable Speeches in History

Packed full of useful tips based on real professional speakers' experiences, National Speakers Association "Speaker Magazine" is a must-have to build your skills

Happy shopping and while you're at it, why not pick up a little something for yourself? If you're really stumped, there's always an Amazon gift card!



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3 comments. Please add yours! :

Sarah Gershman said...

Lisa - Do you have any book recommendations for how to persuade in a one on one conversation? (e.g. fundraising)

Thanks,
Sarah

Lisa Braithwaite said...

Sarah, I actually think that "Made to Stick" would serve that purpose very well -- especially where you're talking about something like fundraising where your appeal should have all the elements of a "sticky" idea (SUCCESs): Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible, Emotional and Stories.

As someone who has spent a lot of time face-to-face fundraising, I think this book could be a fabulous tool.

Sarah Gershman said...

Thank you!

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