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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!)
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
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."
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!