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Communication skills–both oral and written–are consistently ranked at the top of the list of skills that employers find most attractive in new college graduates, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and their annual Job Outlook Surveys. However, the primary complaint from employers about new college graduates is that they lack the requisite speaking and writing skills necessary to perform well in their jobs. Therefore, communication skills can easily be the deciding factor for hiring or not hiring a job candidate, not just in communication intensive positions, but across all professions and careers.

Public Speaking Links and Resources

Public Speaking Resources from ScreenTek

Toastmaster's 10 Tips for Effective Speaking


Allyn & Bacon Public Speaking Website

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Managing Speech Apprehension/Anxiety

Speech Anxiety: Tame the Extra Energy

Coping with Speech Anxiety

How to Conquer Public Speaking Fear

Some Facts about Speech Anxiety

Reducing Speech Anxiety

WebMD: Fear of Public Speaking Hardwired?

Online Resource Guide to Public Speaking

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Citation Style Guides

Modern Language Association (MLA)

American Psychological Association (APA)


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Citation Shortcuts

APA and MLA Citation Maker

Bibme Citation/Bibliography Generator

Knight Cite


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Speech Databases

American Rhetoric

Say it plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches

Speeches of Abraham Lincoln

History Channel's Great Speeches Archive

The History Place Great Speeches Collection

An Archive of Texts by Women Speakers

Fidel Castro Speech Database

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from WWI and the 1920 Collection

Earliest Voices: A Gallery from the Vincent Voice Library

Speeches of Federal Reserve Board Members

Fireside Chats of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Televised Debate History

History and Politics Out Loud

Inaugural Addresses of Presidents of the United States

Speeches of Lyndon B. Johnson

Speeches of John F. Kennedy

Abraham Lincoln Speeches

Malcolm X: His Words Written and Spoken

The Media Institute's Luncheon Speeches

National Press Club Speeches

Nixon Speeches

OYEZ (Supreme Court Arguments)

Pope John Paul II Speeches

Pope Benedict XVI Speeches

Presidential Addresses

Sermon Central


The Pacifica Radio/UC Berkeley Social Activism Sound Recording Project

Speeches on Human Rights (Australia)

Speeches on Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (US)

Statements and Speeches on Human Rights (Canada)

U.S. Labor and Industrial History Audio Archive

Debate Central

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