3 Public Speaking Approaches that Improve Your Blog

August 6, 2012 — 109 Comments

Think back to the last time you attended a great public speaking event. What made it great? Often times you either learned something new, laughed till it hurt, or you were really inspired by the presentation.

Public Speakers have a tough job. They either give a  great presentation the audience welcomes and enjoys, or they are met with pin-drop silence. It’s an art and science that has hundreds of little techniques, but there is a common thread that runs through all great speeches that can be applied to writing great blog posts.

What do a great speech and a great post have in common? Purpose.

In public speaking there are 4 types of speeches: Informative, Persuasive, Entertaining, and Inspirational. Although a speech may have elements of each, most speeches fall in one of these categories. There is always a dominant purpose, or approach that the speaker uses to deliver value.

3 ways to deliver value to your readers

Blogging for blogging’s sake does not help your marketing efforts, it can make your content seem haphazard and unplanned. Instead focus on creating content that makes readers flock to your blog the same way they would flock to a presentation.

The cue small business owners and bloggers can take from public speaking is defining the primary purpose of your posts or content. Do you write to inform, entertain, or inspire?

Inform

“What will I learn from reading your post today?”
Informative blog posts teach readers something new. This does not necessarily mean your posts should just be “How To” guides. An informative post can include news that is relevant to your industry or the products you deliver, or even success strategies that users can benefit from. Thinking of your blog as either teaching readers something new, or expanding their knowledge base.

Marketing benefit: Readers learn something new from reading your content,  this will create loyalty and trust in your service or products.

Entertain

“What will I read that will lighten my day?”
Arguably every post should have some element of entertainment to it, but blogs that aim to entertain are focus more on brightening up a reader’s day by amusing them or even making them laugh out loud. Funny stories, anecdotes, or even pictures that brighten up your reader’s day help make your writing endearing.

Marketing Benefit: Think of Blendtec’s “Will It Blend?” series, finding amusing or unconventional uses for your products is a great promotion tactic for your small business (remember blogging does not mean you can’t involve multimedia).

Inspire

“What can I read that will help me achieve my goals?”
This is helpful for businesses offering services such as personal life coaching, fashion retailers, cleaning services or marketing services. Inspirational posts can motivate readers by sharing powerful stories or giving fresh ideas that inspire action. Inspirational posts leave room for the reader to think about how to apply this wisdom or perspective in their lives.

Marketing benefit: You will inspire repeat visits, but also grow in your reader’s mind as a useful resource in the area.

Each of these approaches focus on the reader’s benefit and not on your product or company. A great speech delivers a benefit to the listener, just like a great post delivers a benefit to the reader.

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Daisy Quaker is a freelance internet marketing consultant, specializing in social media strategy, content marketing, e-mail marketing and internet marketing strategy, find her on Twitter and Google+ and tell her what strategies work for your business.

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109 responses to 3 Public Speaking Approaches that Improve Your Blog

  1. 

    Reblogged this on Living in Maine and commented:
    This is quite interesting. Been thinking a lot about where/what I want of my blog.

    • 

      Thank you, I’m honored! And I’m glad you found it interesting, I enjoy listening to great speeches, and the amount of prep that goes into that is quite something, I think it’s a great approach to creating new blog posts as well :-)

  2. 

    Excellent post. Thanks for sharing. You have a wonderful blog here. Can’t wait to see more…

    Have a great day – Easy Lifestyles

  3. 

    Thanks for a great post, I think you managed to hit all three – Informative, Entertaining, and Inspiring.

  4. 

    Great parallels!
    I used to do a lot of public speaking, with the purpose to inform or, less commonly, to persuade. But I always felt the sign of a good presentation was getting people to laugh. I’m hopeful my blog does the same thing.

  5. 
    Marie Lisa Jose August 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks for this! I am going to use this as guidelines for my blog from here on!

    Lisa

  6. 

    Very informative, inspiring, and entertaining post. And excellent advice. I think I seek to do all those subconsciously, but now you’ve inspired me to think about those categories consciously. Thank you. :)

    • 

      Your welcome, I’m glad the post inspired you to think of things a little differently or should I say more consciously? Thank you for checking it out, and giving feedback!

  7. 

    I agree with this one. :D cheers.

  8. 

    I try and do all those things with my blogs; I find blogging to be one of my favorite activities.

    • 

      It’s a lot of fun once you get into it, I think the trouble I had most at first was developing confidence in my point of view. How has it been working for you?

      • 

        I am confident about what I blog about — the one thing I worry about is offending people since I tend to have a large evangelical Christian fanbase and they can be very nervous about posts that don’t agree exactly with what they think.

      • 

        That sounds like a balancing act! I imagine if I were writing for such an audience, knowing my underlying message that I want to communicate through my blog that I can keep coming to would help me keep my focus. As long as its in line with my mission,I’d try and stay authentic to that… but then again I don’t write for an evangelical fan base.

  9. 

    congrats on being fresh pressed!!

    this post made me think back to the last ‘great’ public speaker I’d seen… and now that I’ve thought about I remember. It’s kind of funny in a way, he told us, that we probably wouldn’t remember his name, or what he said- but we’d remember what he did… then he related it to life. He said, your name might not be remembered, what you said, most likely won’t be remembered- but what you did, that’s what you’ll be remembered by. and, just as he predicted, I recall clearly what he did (and that bit of what he said) and not much else about him.

    thanks for making me think- and the tips!

    have a lovely day!

    • 

      Thank you, it’s really an honor to make the list!

      It’s interesting, I heard a quote once, went something like “people won’t remember what you said, how you dressed, or who you were, but they’ll remember how you made them feel” Atleast that’s what comes to mind at the moment!

  10. 

    As our British cousins would say, “Spot On!” It always helps to have your blog offer something to the reader. You’d be surprised at what you can learn from others if you first offer something positive or enlightening to your reader. I try to treat each post as a personal message from me to an individual reader…sort of a remote one-to-one connection. Excellent post. Aloha from Hawaii Island.

    • 

      Aloha! Thank you for stopping by, that sounds really interesting in creating that connection with your readers, definitely should try and implement that on here as well.

  11. 

    I hope these 3 ways indeed help me make my blog better!!Thanks for such a nice and as Russ Roberts said in the comment above;”Spot On!” Post.

  12. 

    Very interesting… I like to think that I do all three (i.e. inform, entertain, and inspire) but your post makes me wonder if indeed I do any of them very well?

    • 

      Well I think with each ost, just like a speech, there are elements of each but there is one dominant purpose to writing. I think the purpose of my writing is to be informative, but I try and have elements of each.

  13. 

    nice blog..was a good read..

  14. 

    Excellent post and great advise, thank you :D

  15. 

    Excellent advice. I might also go to the extent of saying that a blog and a speech are the same thing in a different medium, therefore the same rules apply.

    • 

      That’s true, it’s both one person communicating to an audience of sorts, although speeches have the benefit of allowing that human interaction/element, making it perhaps easier to see the feedback, with blogging you can’t have that, perhaps making it a little harder, I think.

  16. 

    Great post. I hope we can inspire each others through blogs.

  17. 

    Reblogged this on truethresholds and commented:
    Public speaking approaches that improve your blog

  18. 

    Thanks for the tips!

    Layout and length play a big role too, both in a speech and blog, as well as visual aids. Although I love words and read fast I shrink back at the sight of a blog that goes much over one screen’s length. Digestible chunks, just like when we are learning something new.

    • 

      I write about that in a previous post too, I try to keep my posts between 600-800 words at most, and break content into chunks making to make it easier to wade through.

  19. 

    If a blog is to be successful over the longer term, I think using anecdotes is critical. There are a million blogs out there essentially offering the same thing to an extent and there has to be a point of difference. In my experience, that point of difference is a humorous situation your readers can identify with that reinforces your message.

    Thank you for sharing this with us.

    • 

      You make an interesting point one of the blogs I read talked about the power of adding stories, anecdotes or even insider jokes to content (although I shy away from insider jokes because it might alienate some readers)

  20. 

    . Thinking of your blog as either teaching readers something new, or expanding their knowledge base.

    I hope my blog can reach that point of view.

    I always try to put an important issues that might others not knew about it.

  21. 

    Thinking of your blog as either teaching readers something new, or expanding their knowledge base.

    I hope my blog can reach that point of view.

    I always try to put an important issues that might others not knew about it.

  22. 

    Thank you!!! Very informative, entertaining, and inspiring. I’ve been trying to do this for my blog. and finding ways to improve. Now i have a guideline.

  23. 

    I love your blog too.

  24. 

    The goal for me, (I’ve done a ton of public speaking as well as blogging) is to connect with readers, so whatever achieves that is working…I think your suggestions are good. The humbling and frustrating part is that every reader and listener seeks something different; some are hungry for inspiration while others just crave a good laugh. So I also know that every post, and every speech, won’t connect with everyone.

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  25. 

    THANK YOU. I AGREE WITH WHAT YOU SAY. TOO BAD I DON’T ALWAYS DO THAT – ALTHOUGH I MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT NOTION OF WHAT IS ENTERTAINING – BUT IT IS IN MY MIND. YOUR BLOG HOWEVER, IS GOOD FOOD FOR THE MIND AND I WILL TRY TO NOT JUST THINK ABOUT BUT ACT ON IT. THANK YOU FOR THE ADVISE AND REMINDER!!!!

  26. 

    Thank you. Very generous of you to share this with us :)

  27. 

    All point are quite valid. Although the do seem simple, they aren’t.
    Great post!

    MontrealDSL
    Business Blog

  28. 

    Very useful advice. Thanks for sharing it!

  29. 

    This post is just awesome, would have been a little more awesome had you put some more points :)

  30. 

    Great post. I’ve unconsciously tried to emulate a few of these points while posting. Now I’ll try to be more aware of the value that I’m providing for readers. Thanks.

  31. 

    Great post. Thank you for sharing. And congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  32. 

    Excellent information. My blog is a conglomerate of all these things. I just never knew it. I like to have a blend of all. My hope is to submit some articles to magazines. I’m still honing my writing skills. My blog just began with quotes. As I’ve grown in confidence and readership I’ve added photograhy, poetry, and now a guest author. If the articles go nowhere, at least I’m leaving a legacy for my family, finding a refuge away from the wear and tear of life, and brightening another’s day.
    Peace,
    Alexandria Sage

    • 

      All the best in your pursuits Alexandria, you touched on a motivation I had in starting this blog too, to grow in confidence in sharing my ideas, which I continue to work on

  33. 

    Fortunate me I found your site by accident, and I am surprised why this
    twist of fate did not happened in advance! I bookmarked it..
    Thank you
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  34. 

    Daisyquaker, what a fantastic post, and so weel written thank you for inspiring me and also giving me a motivational kick up the jacksee ;-) …LA x

  35. 

    What if our business has fallen to the point at losing faith and trust from the customers, could the 4 types of strategies (Informative, Persuasive, Entertaining, and Inspirational) help us in terms of getting back the faith and trust of customers? What I am trying to say is that, is there any ways to bring the faith and trust of customers back to our business while the business tends to collapse? PS. Thank you for the very useful tips!!!

    Regards,

    W. Sorf

    • 

      I think authenticity is important in this situation, recognizing where you’ve fallen short and being honest with your audience in your steps to improve? Sharing and being open that you are aware of your customer’s perceptions of your business, and you are working to get back on track. Being authentic and genuine in your communication mediums can really help in this situation. Contact me if you want to go into greater detail :-)

  36. 

    Thank you for this. I’ve been doing my best to inspire and inform. Definitely will try to add some pieces for entertainment.

  37. 

    This post of yours refreshed my memory, I used to take a public speaking class in high school. It’s good to know that public speaking, and blogging are similar to one another. Thank you for sharing!

  38. 

    Thank you for a thought provoking post. I’m fairly new to this blogging thing and always looking for ways to improve…
    Kristine

  39. 

    Considering I am a new fish in this giant pond, I find this post quite helpful. Now if i could figure out how to live off a pop tart a day.

  40. 

    This is extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing. I’ve never thought of blogging and public speaking as similar, but they really are now that I think about it. Great ideas!

    http://stepstochangetheworld.wordpress.com/

  41. 

    I recently feel I’ve hit a hump with my blog when I posted a long winded entry with little purpose other than recollecting my night’s events (entertaining as they may be) it wasn’t something I felt should’ve been posted as unedited as it was. Your post helps me to zero in on new techniques to ensure my posts are high quality. Great post and thank you for sharing!

  42. 

    Thanks for the helpful information…I like the clean, straightforward look to your blog. Making clear the benefits is great stuff!

  43. 

    Congratulations making freshly pressed, great tips.

  44. 

    Amazing information. I would certainly try these and I hope it works!! Thanks.

    http://personalbyv.wordpress.com/

  45. 

    Love it! A great reminder for us all to maintain a little focus in our own blogs, and glad you were FP so I could stumble upon yours! Thanks for sharing!

  46. 

    Thank you for this inspiring post and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  47. 

    Thank you so much for this post. I am a young lover of words that recently started a blog about my home country http://innamazing.wordpress.com/ I do agree that I’m a little clueless about blogging, so your tips are really helpful. I really wish to grow as a writer and I hope one day I can inspire people.

  48. 

    Thanks for writing this. I appreciate it and as a new blogger it has inspired me.

  49. 

    super super helpful post!! Do you mind checking out my blog http://www.candelacouture.com, its new and i would love to see what you think!
    great posts btw!

  50. 

    Wow that’s a fantastic analogy…public speaking and blogging are actually very similar indeed. Thanks so much for this post, I’m new to blogging and I keep thinking ‘what do I really want to get across to people in this blog? What am I really writing here?’
    This has really helped me clarify!

  51. 

    I completely agree with these! Many people don’t view blog writing as “real” writing, so they don’t tend to think about their audience….these are some really great tips!

    Cheers,
    Courtney Hosny

  52. 

    I’m fairly new to blogging but have read a bit on writing good posts. I don’t think that anything I have read has come close to your for good advice on content. Reading this single post is going to influence how and where I take my blog in future. Thanks, Jeff

    • 

      Thank you so much for the compliment :-) I am no pro-blogger myself, the great thing is it’s fair game so long as you can stick to it, I wish you the best in your endeavor!

  53. 

    Just new to blogging, this post has given me very good guidance on how to approach my future posts. Thanks, can’t wait to read more!

  54. 

    Love this Post – I always come back to read it to give me inspiration & a ‘Pep talk’ ! LA

  55. 

    @Daisyquaker – I just had to tell you that I have just finished writing a post on ‘Branding Yourself – Your USP’ and this post was my inspiration. I just love it. Thank you for giving such insightful information. LA x
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  56. 

    Fantastic & inspirational! :) loved it!

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