I’m a bit of a blog junkie and my RSS reader is always overflowing with new stuff to read. When it comes to presenting and public speaking there are hundreds of blogs. Among those I have selected the top 20 that you shouldn’t miss. Well, naturally that’s just my opinion. And I look forward to hearing yours.
1. Presentation Zen
There was a time when there was nothing, then came Edward Tufte, and after that Garr Reynolds. What started as a blog became a series of books and a business. Presentation Zen is an indispensable resource for anyone who is serious about presentations. Garr’s prose is emphatic, his examples practical and hands on, and his inspiration always original.
Presentation Zen – Twitter: @presentationzen
2. SlideShare blog
SlideShare is now a presentation mogul owned by one of the most trusted companies in Silicon Valley: LinkedIn. The slide-sharing platform has done wonders in spreading the idea that presentation can be a great medium for conveying information even outside the board room and on social networks. The SlideShare blog is a great way to discover new content, highlights effective techniques and allows you to follow the latest trends in presentation design.
Slideshare Blog – Twitter: @slideshare
3. Duarte Blog
If presentations were a country, Nancy Duarte would be the President. She’s a bestselling book author and has created a thriving business around presentation design. On her blog she and her staff provide insight, techniques and advice on presenting.
Duarte Blog – Twitter: @duarte
4. Prezi Blog
There used to be a time when Prezi was an alternative presentation platform. They are now firmly entrenched in the mainstream, as is their blog. Check it out if you are looking for sound presentation advice together with a selection of the best Prezis on the platform. Don’t miss their weekly roundup and – if you haven’t already – check out their 100 presentation resources page.
Prezi Blog – Twitter: @prezi
5. Scott Berkun
Scott Berkun is a keynote speaker, best selling book author and generally just a smart and fun guy. His blog is not only focused on public speaking, but he also delves into a variety of topics that, if you’re into presentation, you’ll find interesting anyways.
In addition, Berkun works for Automattic, one of the best companies in the world in terms of company culture. That’s a big, big plus!
He’s also really active on twitter.
Scott Berkun blog – Twitter: @scottberkun
Speaking.io is my new favorite resource when it comes to public speaking. Zach Holman from Github has put together a collection of presentation resources specific for techies that need to tackle presentations. I love his videos and you can see that he’s going places.
speaking.io – Twitter: @holman
7. Note & Point
Note & Point is not really a blog, rather a curated collection of inspiring, perfectly executed decks. Sometimes the best way to get inspired is to see what others are able to accomplish with a medium. Note & Point gives you just that: on demand, slide-making inspiration.
8. Ethos 3
Ethos 3 is a presentation design and presentation training firm, one of the many professional shops in the field. They are eager to share their knowledge in a lively, frequently updated blog. Their trademark is the “tips in 140 chars or less” series.
Overall very good quality content and advice. One to watch.
Ethos 3 Blog – Twitter: @Ethos3
9. What the Speak?!
Bryan Kelly has a familiar voice for many presentation enthusiasts as the host of “What the speak!” – a podcast that features eminent presentations experts, public speakers and coaches. No, it’s not a blog. But it’s a great resource presented in an entertaining and fun format.
What the Speak?! – Twitter: @WhatTheSpeak
Indezine is one of the most active and popular resources when it comes to presenting with PowerPoint. Geetesh Bajaj provides a regular and healthy does of daily tips to make the best of the Microsoft presentation software. But don’t just look for the news: Indezine has an extensive repository of guides, tutorials and templates spanning from image manipulation to presenting with the iPad.
11. Public Words Blog
The Public Words Blog is an institution when it comes to effective, actionable public speaking advice. The blog is deeply linked to the coaching and training practice of the Public Words. Certainly a favorite in my rss reader.
Public Words Blog – Twitter: @publicwords
12. Manner of speaking
John Zimmer’s blog is a simple, colloquial and pleasurable read with a very special bonus: a whole section devoted to analyses of speeches
Manner of Speaking – Twitter: @ZimmerJohn
13. PPT POP
With a modern design and well illustrated articles and infographics PPT POP is one of the new blogs to watch in the presentation space. The blog is authored by Clemence Lepers, a marketing ninja living in Shanghai.
14. Ellen Finkelstein Blog
Ellen is one of the most active presentation coaches and PowerPoint experts on the web. She’s been in the presentation space for a long time and provides both software specific tips and broader presentation resources.
Ellen Finkelstein Blog – Twitter: @EFinkelstein
15. Idea Transplant
The blog of Jan Schultink is a collection of brief and interesting thoughts on presentations, marketing and business. Certainly worth tracking.
Idea Transplant – Twitter: @ideatransplant
16. SlideGenius Blog
SlideGenius is a presentation design shop from San Diego, California that shares presentation tips and tricks on their blog.
SlideGenius Blog – Twitter: @SlideGenius
17. Bright Carbon
Head over to the Bright Carbon Blog to find the point of view of professional presentation trainers and consultants from the UK.
Bright Carbon Blog – Twitter: @BrightCarbon
18. Stand Out From the Crowd
If you get over the scary looking header image, Jim Harvey’s blog is full of useful presenting tips. The blog is focused on PowerPoint and Prezi.
Stand Out From the Crowd – Twitter: @impacttips
19. No Sweat Public Speaking
Speaking in public is associated with fear of public speaking. Fred Miller specializes in just that on his blog.
No Sweat Public Speaking – Twitter: @fredmiller
20. Speaking PRO Central
This site aggregates a number of popular public speaking and presenting blogs, by linking to single articles, providing a convenient way to follow a great number of sites.
The long tail of public speaking blogs.
There are a ton of good resources in terms of public speaking that did not make the cut of my very subjective “top 20” and those are listed here for you to browse, look around and evaluate.
Soap Presentations Blog – Twitter: @SOAPprez
Make a powerful point – Twitter: @powerfulpoint
The Virtual Presenter – Twitter: @RogerCourville
Speak Fearlessly – Twitter: @SpeakFearlessly
Nuts and Bolts Blog – Twitter: @Nuts_BoltsPPT
All about presentations – Twitter: @aap_blog
Speak up for success – Twitter: @jezrakaye
Finally here you can find some great resources that have lacked some serious updates in recent times.
Presentation Magazine – Twitter: @presentationmag
Six Minutes – Twitter: @6minutes
Presentation Advisors – Twitter: @story_jon
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Prego Clemence. And don’t forget to link back to this post 🙂
Thanks for the list, Matteo. Here are a few more, and I think just one of them is on both lists, so that gives people plenty to choose from!
Also check out the comments at the bottom, for other blogs that people have added. (By all means drop a comment there with a link to your own site too!)
Thanks for sharing this list Craig!
Thanks for this post. Lots of great content – thanks for sharing.
Check out http://www.speakupchallenge.com if you like – lots of similar events and information.
Thanks and keep up the good work in Birmingham!
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