Manner of Speaking recognized by Credit Donkey

Manner of Speaking has been chosen as one of the winning blogs by Credit Donkey for the Best Public Speaking Blogs in 2017. Credit Donkey is a credit card comparison site that publishes credit card research, deals, and tips to help consumers make informed credit decisions. It aims to make personal finance fun and easy to understand. 

Here’s what Credit Donkey had to say:

It’s tough to put yourself out there – to speak well and be engaging enough that everyone pays attention. The best blogs about public speaking help you do exactly that, with tips to win over the crowd and inspiration to keep doing it, whether you’re new at the game or improving the craft.

Even more compelling for some of you are the templates and ideas on presentations some experts are willing to share.

It’s a wide-open industry, with many people needing to speak publicly for their jobs or using the public speaking circuit to market their business. For that reason, a steady stream of blogs on public speaking have come out in recent years. The ones we’ve listed below are the ones worth paying attention to, as they have helpful content from interesting, knowledgeable public speaking bloggers.

And here’s what Credit Donkey has written about Manner of Speaking:

Manner of Speaking is a blog filled with inspiration and ideas for public speakers, featuring everything from storytelling to inspirational quotes to tips on confidence and delivery. John Zimmer is a lawyer and near-lifelong public speaker whose aim is to help others build their confidence and improve their speaking skills.

Why Manner of Speaking is a Top Public Speaking Resource: With videos, personal insights and even content by influencers like Seth Godin, this blog has something for every speaker. There are even posts that dissect famous speeches and public moments, showing you how you can learn from them.

I am grateful to Credit Donkey for the recognition. Congratulations to everyone who made it onto the list. I read many of the sites that were ranked. It is nice to be in such company.

Be sure to check some of these blogs out. You are bound to find something that you like.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 268) – John Maxwell

John Maxwell – American Leadership Expert, Speaker and Author

“The first time you say something, it’s heard; the second time, it’s recognized; the third time, it’s learned.”

— John Maxwell

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Seth Godin: Speakerphone voice

Seth Godin is the author of several books about “marketing, the spread of ideas and managing both customers and employees with respect”. They are bestsellers. His blog is one of my favourites and I highly recommend it.

In this blog post from 11 November 2017, Seth offers some simple, practical advice when it comes to speakerphones and microphones: Learn how to use them properly and then speak normally.

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Speakerphone Voice

by Seth Godin

When the speakerphone is on in the conference room, do you talk differently? 

It’s pretty common.

We breathe from a different spot, hold our chest differently, constrict our throats and generally try to shout our words across the ocean.

The people listening on the speaker are used to it. The people in the room with you, less so.

Human beings don’t have a long cultural history with microphones. We don’t instinctively understand that they actually work. So we shout instead. And shouting changes how we’re believed, trusted and ultimately heard.

Learning to use a microphone is a great skill. When you speak normally, it turns out that the microphone has plenty of volts, watts and amps on hand to move your voice all the way to Latvia if you want it to. And then your words will actually be heard.

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Quotes for Public Speakers (No. 267) – Arthur Ashe

Arthur Ashe (1943 – 1993) American Tennis Player

“One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.”

— Arthur Ashe

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A lesson from Nokia

On 12 November 2007—ten years ago to the day as I write this post—Forbes published its magazine featuring a story about Nokia on the cover.

Forbes asked the question, “Can anyone catch the cell phone king?”

The answer? Yes.

Apple caught them. Samsung caught them. Several others caught them. You can see the spectacular rise and fall of Nokia from 1992 to 2016, both in terms of the number of phones sold and the percentage of market share, at this link.

There are many reasons why Nokia lost its dominant position in the cell phone market. There is general consensus that these reasons include being too slow to move into the smartphone market and not responding quickly enough to the threats from competitors.

The story holds many lessons for companies. Business schools around the world use Nokia’s rise and fall as a case study. However, Nokia has an important lesson for individuals as well: Never stop learning; never stop growing; never stop innovating.

One of the best—and most important—ways in which we can learn, grow and innovate is to become better speakers. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an audience of 1,000 or an audience of one. The people who can communicate their ideas in a manner that is clear, persuasive and memorable have a big advantage over those who cannot.

What are you doing to sharpen your public speaking skills? When was the last time you gave a speech or presentation? What can you do in the next hour, the next day, the next week and the next month to become a better speaker?

If you don’t think it’s important, go check your phone. What brand is it?

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