Helpful Organizations

If you want to explore the topic of presentations further, consider getting involved with some of these organizations:

Toastmasters (www.toastmasters.org)
I just recently joined my first Toastmasters group (the Cougar Pause at the University of Houston) but have been hearing about the benefits of Toastmasters from my father for many years. Toastmasters provides a comfortable and relaxed environment for developing your public speaking skills.  While I’m not shy about talking in front of an audience, I am looking forward to improving my abilities through the Toastmasters program.

Society for Technical Communication (www.stc.org)
The Society for Technical Communication is an organization devoted to technical and scientific communication.  Its members include technical writers, designers, librarians and instructional designers.  Their quarterly journal Technical Communication is worthwhile reading for new research on presentations, reviews of relevant books, and an extensive review of the academic literature for articles of interest to communicators.

International Association of Business Communicators (www.iabc.com)
For those in business and marketing, the IABC is a network of marketing professionals, business people, educators, librarians and instructional designers looking to improve their communication skills and effectiveness.

I’ll be joining STC and IABC later this year and will report back on the blog about their usefulness to presenters. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Lee

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