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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

http://www.screentekinc.com/Computer-Resources-Public-Speaking.html

Toastmaster's 10 Tips for Effective Speaking
http://www.toastmasters.org/tips.asp

Speech Tips.com
http://www.speechtips.com/

Allyn & Bacon Public Speaking Website
http://wps.ablongman.com/ab_public_speaking_2

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Managing Speech Apprehension/Anxiety

Speech Anxiety: Tame the Extra Energy
http://www.hawaii.edu/mauispeech/html/speechanxiety.html

Coping with Speech Anxiety
http://webhome.idirect.com/~kehamilt/spkanxiety.html

How to Conquer Public Speaking Fear
http://www.stresscure.com/jobstress/speak.html

Some Facts about Speech Anxiety
http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~rbrokaw/speech_anxiety.html

Reducing Speech Anxiety
http://www.muskingum.edu/~cal/database/content/speech2.html

WebMD: Fear of Public Speaking Hardwired?

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/20061101/fear-public-speaking

Online Resource Guide to Public Speaking

http://www.wiseoldsayings.com/public-speaking-an-online-resource-guide.php

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Citation Style Guides

Modern Language Association (MLA)
http://www.mla.org/publications/style/style_faq/style_faq4
http://www.library.arizona.edu/search/reference/citation-mla.html
http://library.williams.edu/citing/styles/mla.php

American Psychological Association (APA)
http://www.apastyle.org/
http://library.osu.edu/sites/guides/apagd.php
http://www.library.arizona.edu/search/reference/citation-apa.html

Chicago
http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
http://library.osu.edu/sites/guides/chicagogd.php
http://www.library.arizona.edu/search/reference/citation-cms.html

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Citation Shortcuts

APA and MLA Citation Maker
http://www.myt4l.com/index.php?v=pl&page_ac=view&type=tools&tool=bibliographymaker

Bibme Citation/Bibliography Generator
http://www.bibme.org/

Knight Cite
http://www.calvin.edu/library/knightcite/index.php?op=newCitation

EasyBib
http://www.easybib.com/

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Speech Databases

American Rhetoric
http://americanrhetoric.com/

Say it plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches
http://soundlearning.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/

Speeches of Abraham Lincoln
http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/speech.htm

History Channel's Great Speeches Archive
http://www.history.com/media.do?action=listing&sortBy=1&sortOrder=A&topic=GREAT%20SPEECHES

The History Place Great Speeches Collection
http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/previous.htm

An Archive of Texts by Women Speakers
http://gos.sbc.edu/byyears/old.html

Fidel Castro Speech Database
http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/cb/cuba/castro.html

American Leaders Speak: Recordings from WWI and the 1920 Collection
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/nfhtml/

Earliest Voices: A Gallery from the Vincent Voice Library
http://www.historicalvoices.org/earliest_voices/

Speeches of Federal Reserve Board Members
http://www.federalreserve.gov/BoardDocs/Speeches/2000/

Fireside Chats of Franklin D. Roosevelt
http://www.mhrcc.org/fdr/fdr.html

Televised Debate History
http://www.museum.tv/debateweb/html/history/1960/headlines.htm

History and Politics Out Loud
http://www.hpol.org/

Inaugural Addresses of Presidents of the United States
http://www.bartleby.com/124/

Speeches of Lyndon B. Johnson
http://www.lbjlib.utexas.edu/johnson/archives.hom/speeches.hom/selected_speeches.asp

Speeches of John F. Kennedy
http://www.jfklibrary.org/Historical+Resources/Archives/Reference+Desk/
Speeches/Speeches+of+John+F.+Kennedy.htm

Abraham Lincoln Speeches
http://showcase.netins.net/web/creative/lincoln/speeches/speech.htm

Malcolm X: His Words Written and Spoken
http://www.brothermalcolm.net/mxwords/mxwords.html

The Media Institute's Luncheon Speeches
http://www.mediainstitute.org/CF_LuncheonSpeakers.php

National Press Club Speeches
http://npc.press.org/

Nixon Speeches
http://cstl-cla.semo.edu/Renka/Modern_Presidents/nixon_speeches.htm

OYEZ (Supreme Court Arguments)
http://www.oyez.org/

Pope John Paul II Speeches
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/speeches/

Pope Benedict XVI Speeches
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/speeches/index_en.htm

Presidential Addresses
http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/P/

Sermon Central
http://www.sermoncentral.com/

Sermons
http://www.sermons.org/

The Pacifica Radio/UC Berkeley Social Activism Sound Recording Project
http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/pacifica.html

Speeches on Human Rights (Australia)
http://www.uiowa.edu/~commstud/resources/speech.html

Speeches on Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (US)
http://www.state.gov/www/global/human_rights/2000_drl_speeches.html

Statements and Speeches on Human Rights (Canada)
http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/foreign_policy/human-rights/statement-en.asp

U.S. Labor and Industrial History Audio Archive
http://www.uiowa.edu/~commstud/resources/speech.html

Debate Central
http://debate.uvm.edu/watchdebate.html

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