On this page I have listed some of my favorite websites to watch and listen to speeches and get advice about public speaking. Keep an eye on this page as I will it update it as I discover more resources.

Here are some places to watch excellent speeches (and some links to my favorites)

Bill Gates: How I’m trying to change the world now
Jonathan Harris: The Web’s secret stories
Geoffrey Canada on failing schools
Jim Bumgardner on screensavers and information theory
MythBusters Co-Host Adam Savage on Obsession

And some fantastic places to hear speeches and stories

The Moth
The Moth Podcast
A weekly podcast of “stories told live without notes”
Some of the highlights can be heared here.
This American Life
This American Life
A weekly radio show with collections of stories from ordinary Americans presented by Ira Glass.
Also, check out Ira’s Gel talk: Ira Glass on Story Telling

Public speaking tips

Lecture Tips from Patrick Winston - Professor Patrick Winston of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers tips on how to give an effective lecture.  It’s pretty old (pre-PowerPoint), but very good.


High Impact Speeches by Richard Heller

An excellent book about speech writing. Read my review here.

Brain Rules
Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School by John Medina

An amazing book about the human brain and the implications on learning, teaching and creativity. Read my review here.

The Art of Learning

The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin

A chess prodigy in his childhood and World Tai Chi champion as an adult. In this book Waitzkin explains his approach to reaching mastery. He was filmed speaking about this book at Authors@Google, watch it here.

  • Recommended Reading

    Working for Yourself Guide

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