speaking.io

Public speaking is a huge fear for many people. Speaking.io teaches you the basics for free, with simple do’s and don’ts to ease your mind and craft an engaging speech. Developer and startup advisor Zach Holman designed the site as a crash course in the art of public speaking. There are five basic sections:

  1. How to plan your task
  2. Design and build your slides
  3. Prep or the big

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f Score – How Do You Trigger Fascination?

The F Score test reveals which fascination triggers (there are 7) you naturally apply, which others you should consider, and how to refine them to become more persuasive.

QuickMBA

QuickMBA is an online knowledge resource for business administration. Our goal is to help you to quickly find the business knowledge you need, when you need it, wherever you may be. Topics are presented as frameworks and summaries in the various subjects of business administration, as taught in the world’s top MBA programs.

How ethical are you?

Are you an enforcer, philosopher, judge, angel, teacher or guardian? Find out the composition of your moral DNA with our test.

ChangingMinds.org

the largest site in the world on all aspects of how we change what others think, believe, feel and do. There are already over 2500 pages here, with much more to come. [Hat Tip to Guy Kawasaki]

JASPER: Monster’s Job Assets & Strengths Profiler

The JASPER test is the new standard in career testing and assesment.

Based on over 60 years of research, this fun and enlightening test will uncover your job strengths and preferences and help you use them to your advantage.

* Discover your work and leadership style
* Gain confidence in your job related skills
* Enhance your ability to work with others
* Improve your resume, … [ Read more ]

Authentic Happiness Questionnaires

“These questionnaires measure character strengths and aspects of happiness. All are yours to use at no charge. For each one, you’ll immediately receive your score and see how it compares to the scores of others who have used this website.

We’ll keep a record of your scores, so that you can return later and see how far you’ve progressed. To see your earlier scores, log in … [ Read more ]

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy

The manifestation of one of the most influential modern educational theories, the 6,900 entries in this major new reference work form the touchstone of what it means to be not only just a literate American but an active citizen in our multicultural democracy.

Editor’s Note: not business-related but useful for educational purposes (we all should be continually learning, right?). Topics covered include:
1. … [ Read more ]

Bullfighter

This may come as no surprise, but at least it’s official: IT companies are the worst offenders when it comes to communicating their corporate message, recording the lowest readability scores and using the most jargon, according to by consultant Deloitte Touche Tomatsu.

To help companies evaluate how clear their communications are, Deloitte has developed a program known as Bullfighter, an add-on for Microsoft Word and … [ Read more ]

Overview: Business Letters

Learn how to write a business letter. Includes information on defining and establishing the purpose, analyzing the audience, detailed format descriptions, common types of business letters, and effective letter-writing principles. From the Writing Center at Colorado State University.

Presenters University

*** What it’s good for ***
Tutorials, how-to articles, free templates, clip art, and Presentation Pointers E-mail newsletter.

*** Don’t waste your time if ***
You dislike text-heavy course material.

*** What our CEOs had to say ***
Randy Goldsmith and Mahendra Vora praise the site’s large library of articles on crafting and delivering great presentations.

*** What you should know ***
The site is sponsored … [ Read more ]

PresentationPro

*** What it’s good for ***
Templates, tutorials, links, and “power tips” illustrated in sample presentations.

*** Don’t waste your time if ***
You want lots of freebies or if you object to registering before downloading those few giveaways.

*** What our CEOs had to say ***
“Geared toward the power user,” says Karina Shaver.

*** What you should know ***
Site sponsor PresentationPro Inc. provides … [ Read more ]

Presenters Online

*** What it’s good for ***
Tutorials, links, sound files, clip art, and tips on everything from room arrangements to effective closings.

*** Don’t waste your time if ***
You want cutting-edge content. Some articles date back four years.

*** What our CEOs had to say ***
A great site for newbies, Rosenberg says: “Very welcoming, not the least bit intimidating.”

*** What you should know … [ Read more ]

The Economist’s Style Guide

A new, revised version of The Economist’s best-selling style guide is now online. It gives general advice on writing, points out common errors and clichés, and offers guidance on consistent use of punctuation, abbreviations and capital letters. It’s also rather amusing-and an invaluable companion for everyone who wants to communicate with the clarity, style and precision for which The Economist is renowned.

Inc.com’s Guide to Communication

In this feature, Inc.com has tapped into methods from a speech consultant, a mingling maven, and others, to help you write and deliver better speeches, polish presentations, and improve communication with coworkers.

Russell Reynolds Web DNA Quiz

Do you have what it takes to succeed in the Internet Economy? Take the Russell Reynolds Web DNA quiz to find out. Answer 12 questions and see how you compare to others who have taken the quiz. Then read on to learn more about the six characteristics that set successful Internet Executives apart (or go there directly at: http://www.russreyn.com/industry/internet/webfactor.asp?industry=8)

Virtual Communication Assistant

Welcome to the Virtual Communication Assistants Site. This site links a series of tutorials designed to assist individuals in various interpersonal tasks. These resource sites include:
– The Virtual Presentation Assistant
– The Virtual Meeting Assistant
– The Virtual Interviewing Assistant
– The Virtual Research Assistant
– The Virtual Statistical Assistant
– The Virtual Team Assistant

The Virtual Presentation Assistant consists of:
– Determining … [ Read more ]

Bartleby.com

Bartleby.com, an online reference site, proclaims itself as “The preeminent publisher of literature, reference, and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.” Some of the many features include: an encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, quotations (Bartlett’s), English Usage (including a searchable version of Strunk & White’s “Elements of Style”), Verse Search, Fiction … [ Read more ]

Keirsey Temperament Sorter

Home of the popular personality test (Temperament Sorter – 70 questions and Character Sorter – 36 questions). Results will indicate your core strengths, and help determine what type of work is most likely to make you happy. Results tend to correlate with those of the Myers-Briggs test.

Presentations.com

Site offers presentation creation and delivery techniques along with product reviews and more; three most useful sections are titled Creating, Delivering and Technology.