Active Voice has some excellent advice on accepting invitations to speak as a member of a panel. I’d add only that his tips are valuable outside the tech world as well. Panel speaking engagements are tricky – when they’re good and your spokesperson...Previously, we talked about how speakers (or their staff) need to negotiate a reasonable speaking time with their hosts. It’s part of going into every speaking engagement with your own agenda: a clear idea of what you want to accomplish, and the circumstances...Entertainment mogul David Geffen once gave Lynda Obst a key piece of advice: never go into a meeting without an agenda. He didn’t mean a schedule. He meant that, before you walk into a meeting, you should know what you want to achieve It’s good advice for...Unless, of course, there’s a hidden market of speech geeks like moi. Jason Kottke offers 50 Fun Things To Do With Your iPod, including this one: American Rhetoric has made available audio versions of many famous political speeches, including MLK’s “I...Dammit, they’ve found out: this is exactly how we write political speeches.…we’re just catching the last ten minutes. Is it the worst ending to the worst political movie ever made, or is there an even more appalling candidate?