Speaking Resources

Sample Speeches

Presenting Your Best Self

For inspiration, watch and listen to public speaking coach Rikki Arundel’s keynote address on presenting your best self to audiences.

100 great speeches

Listen to audio recordings of 100 great speeches.

Speeches and Addresses by U.S. women

Find transcripts of notable speeches and addresses by U.S. women.

Speeches by Women from Around the World

Transcripts of speeches by women from around the world are available from the Gifts of Speech website, a non-profit project sponsored by Sweet Briar College (VA). This project is dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by inspirational, influential, and contemporary women.

Speaking Strategies

Speaking Tips

Northern Kentucky University Professor of Speech Communications Stephen Boyd offers articles containing hundreds of speaking tips on topics such as listening skills, body language, voice control, stage fright, and more.

Videos on Public Speaking Topics

Find hundreds of informative (and sometimes amusing!) videos on public speaking topics such as voice inflection; answering questions at the end of speeches; crafting riveting introductions; and dealing with the fear of public speaking.

Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International – a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations – offers tips and techniques for public speaking.

The Eloquent Woman

Denise Graveline is a communications consultant in Washington DC. Her blog – The Eloquent Woman – offers ideas, inspiration, and information to help women with public speaking techniques, eloquence, and confidence.

Visual Aids

PowerPoint Presentations

The Purdue Online Writing Lab offers a quick guide to preparing effective PowerPoint presentations.