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Public Speaking Resources and Links

Tap into some of the Web's most useful communication resources, including topics such as Professional Organizations for Public Speaking and Speech Communication, General Public Speaking Resources, Analyzing and Adapting to Your Audience, Listening, Speech Archives, Presentational Aids, and other helpful topics.

Professional Organizations:

Public Speaking

National Speakers Association
The NSA is an organization for experts who speak professionally. NSA members include experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants and authors. NSA has provided resources and education designed to enhance the business skills and platform performance of professional speakers.

Speech Communication

American Communication Association
The American Communication Association (ACA) is a not-for-profit organization, a virtual professional association with actual presence in the world of scholars and practitioners alike. ACA was created to promote academic and professional research, criticism, teaching, practical use, and exchange of principles and theories of human communication.

Central States Communication Association
The mission of the Central States Communication Association is to unite those persons in the Central States area with an academic or professional interest in all disciplines of communication in all educational levels, for the promotion of their mutual interests and the advancement of their common field.

International Communication Association
The International Communication Association was formed in1950 bringing together academicians and other professionals whose interest focused on human communication.

National Communication Association
NCA is the oldest and largest national organization to promote communication scholarship and education. The purpose of the Association is to promote study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.

General Public Speaking Resources:

Speech Tips
Your free guide to speech writing and public speaking for eulogies, graduations, best man, father of the bride and any other public speaking engagement.

Toastmasters International
Toastmaster club members learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment. A typical Toastmasters club is made up of 20 to 30 people who meet once a week for about an hour.

Communication Teacher Resources Online
The purpose of Communication Teacher Resources Online is to provide educational resources to support all areas of communication pedagogy. Brought to you by the National Communication Association.

Listening Resources:

International Listening Association
The ILA is dedicated to learning more about the impact that listening has on all human activity. It promotes the study, development, and teaching of listening and the practice of effective listening skills and techniques.

Speech Archives:

Great American Speeches
This PBS site offers a collection of speeches from some of the "most influential and poignant speakers of the recorded age."

History and Politics Out Loud
HPOL is a searchable multimedia database documenting and delivering authoritative audio relevant to American history and politics.

Presidential Addresses
An index of the Presidents of the United States containing information on and documents of their speeches.

Speeches and Speechmakers
Excellent list of links to speech archives on the web. Compiled and maintained by the University of Iowa.

The History Channelís Speech Archive
Hear the words that changed the world.

The History Placeís Great Speeches Page
Index of historical speeches.

Voice of America Audio & Video Clips
This list of multimedia files, while not comprehensive, will give you a taste of great Americans speaking.

Webcorp's Audio Archive of Historic Speeches
Real Audio clips from some of historyís most famous speechmakers.

Presentational Aid Resources:

Designing Effective Visuals
This site provides practical details such as font size or how to judge if a graphic is large enough which many students will find helpful when developing their first presentational aid.

Presenting Solutions: The Art of Communicating Effectively
Tips about all aspects of pulling off a successful presentation.

Presenters University
At Presenters University, making your next presentation the best ever is the top priority. This site features easy-to-use tools and links to the best resources on the Internet to make preparing for your next speaking engagement easy and fun.

Using Notes, Transparencies, Charts & Displays
Tips and advice from the University of California Santa Cruz.

Virtual Presentation Assistant
The Virtual Presentation Assistant is an online tutorial for improving your public speaking skills.