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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 375 comments and questions on Public Speaking issues. They are listed according to date.

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Resources Resource USA
Fear Registering for online speaking training Nigeria
Resources Have article on speaking USA
General Studying John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech India
General Want to be a motivational speaker USA
Resources Suggested resource USA
Know Your Audience Describe demographic features of the audience Zimbabwe
Know Your Audience Determining the audience group Austalia
General Write a speech for me India
Fear What can I do about fear? India

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Topic: Resources


February 26, 2018

Hi Ron,

I was looking for some information on public speaking this morning when I came across your excellent resource page:

What a fantastic list of speaking resources!

I actually just published something on public speaking:

It might make a good fit for your page.

Either way, keep up the awesome work!


Dan - USA



Thanks for the suggested resource. I added a link on the Speaking Resources page.

Best wishes for success in your activities.

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Registering for online speaking training

Topic: Fear


February 25, 2017

Greetings! Please how can I register for this free online public speech traning?

Sylvanus - Nigeria



You do not have to register to use our Public Speaking lessons.

Although you can read about giving a speech, the best way to perfect your skills is by actually practicing speaking in front of a group. A good place to do that is through the Toastmasters Club. See Lighthouse Toastmasters in Lagos, Nigeria for information, as well as the location of other clubs in your area.

I highly recommend Toastmasters as a way to gain speaking skills and to get over any fears you have.

Best wishes on becoming a top-notch speaker.

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Have article on speaking

Topic: Resources


February 6, 2017


Love the website, keep up the good work.

I enjoyed reading your article about Public Speaking below:

I've written a 5,000-word article on becoming a better public speaker on my blog that builds on that post in more detail. In addition, I also filmed a 40-minute in-depth complimentary video on public speaking to go with it.

I believe it will be relevant to your audience, let me know if you would like me to send it to you.



Ian - USA



I can add a link to your website and video. Let me know the links.

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Studying John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech

Topic: General


December 2, 2016

sir, right now I am studying john f Kennedy's inaugural speech will it be a right method to attain oratory at the advanced level

antro - India



You can see the text of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Speech, as well as to hear an audio of the speech. The audio is a computerized version and not in Kennedy's voice.

Note the his speech has a good introduction and is broken into short paragraphs on each topic. This makes it easy to understand. He also has a good conclusion.

It is a good speech to use in studying and improving your speaking skills.

Best wishes for success in public speaking.

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Want to be a motivational speaker

Topic: General


November 22, 2016





A motivational speaker seeks to inspire the audience, as well as to motivate them to improve themselves.

It is good to try to see various motivational speakers perform in your area. Also, select some motivational speakers that you admire and listen to their audios or watch them on YouTube. This can give you ideas on how to present your material.

Of course, you need to have a subject that you will speak on. You can find organizations where you can give your talks for free in order to refine your material. Even Toastmasters is a good place to improve your skills.

Once you are giving your motivational speech around the area, you can seek paying bookings.

I hope that helps. Best wishes in your speaking career.

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Suggested resource

Topic: Resources


September 22, 2016

Hello, Ron!

My name is Lale Byquist, and I'm a college student who is passionate about public speaking. As a media communications student, I analyze tactics and strategies that can make a public presentation truly memorable. As someone who used to be petrified of speaking in front of my peers, I am grateful there are people like you who educate, empower, and encourage students to make their voice heard.

My website,, is a collection of FREE materials and exercises that can help students better navigate the many aspects of public speaking. Please consider joining forces and adding to your resources page. I see that you already have an impressive link collection and it will be a valuable addition to your page!

Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or ideas. I look forward to hearing from you

Lale Byquist
Media Communications Student and Consultant

Lale - USA



Thanks for the suggested resource. I added a link to your site a Speaking Resources.

Note that it might be good to state something like: "Click on the images or words below to see further information" under the title. It took a while until I figured out what to do.

Best wishes for success in your endeavors.

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Describe demographic features of the audience

Topic: Know Your Audience


September 20, 2016

describe demographic features about the audience that are to be considered when preparing an oral presentation

venancia - Zimbabwe



You need to know something about your audience before speaking to them. In what are do they live? Where do many of them work? What type of jobs or education do they have?

But also, you need to be sure they would be interested in your subject matter/

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Determining the audience group

Topic: Know Your Audience


May 15, 2016

How would you determine the audience group and presentation for a one-page desktop publication?

Myla - Austalia



I'm not sure if you are asking about speaking to a group or publishing something.

When speaking to a group, the announcement of the subject of your presentation usually will attract interested people. However, if the group is mixed, it is good to talk to people beforehand to get an idea of their interests.

Determining the audience for a publication is more difficult. If it is Internet-based, interested people will usually find it through a search. If the presentation is for desktop use, you need to determine how they will find out about it.

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Write a speech for me

Topic: General


April 17, 2016

pls write a speech on the topic is Good Character

chinglembi - India



Your school assignment is for you to write a speech, not for me to write the speech.

See Preparation for Writing a Speech and other speech writing lessons. Then you can use Computer Aid for Writing a Short Speech to help you get started.

I hope that helps. Best wishes in writing a good speech.

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What can I do about fear?

Topic: Fear


February 12, 2016

When i come infront of audiences i suddenly before going to present my presentation feel strange threat or fear and when i start my presentation get nervous my tone trembles and i get nervous i forget what i planned i speak against my planned presentation please guide me dear what should i do in such circumstances

Naveed - India



Just as an entertainer rehearses before a performance, you also need to rehearse your speech or presentation several times. It is good to practice your presentation before friends or family. This will make sure you are completely familiar with what you will say. It will also give you more confidence in doing something you have done several times.

Also, it is helpful to have an outline of your talk--including key words--that you can refer to in case you forget things. No one will think less of you if you glance down at your notes.

I hope these ideas help. Best wishes for success in your presentations.

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