Using the Library

The PSU Library is filled with guidance, tips, and techniques, all designed to help you get started as a professional speaker, or move your pro speaking career to a new level of profitability!

Each PSU session (called a "Sooth" — see below for why) is designed to focus on one particular idea. Your time is valuable, so each Sooth is specifically designed to be explored in only 3 - 5 minutes (although you can spend as much time on any particular Sooth as you need to).

For your convenience, the Sooths are arranged in an order where similar Sooths are groups together; however, you do not need to explore them in that sequence. Feel free to jump to any particular Sooth that looks helpful or interesting. You can spend as much (or as little) time on each Sooth as you need, and you can return to any Sooth whenever you want, as many times as you want.

Now, why are PSU sessions called "Sooths"? One of the fundamental goals of PSU is to shake up your thinking, to cause you to look at things from a different perspective. (If you don't like to have your thinking jiggled, then PSU probably isn't for you. And in my opinion, neither is professional speaking.)

I could have called the individual parts of PSU "sessions", but that's kind of lame. So are classes, essays, thoughts, ad nauseum. "Talk" is nice, but TED is already using that term. So I thought of "sooth".

Sooth is an archaic term for truth. (We still use it today in the term "soothsayer", or fortune-teller.) So I decided to use the term "Sooth" to designate a "little truth", and I hoped that every time you see the word Sooth, your thought-processes will be shaken up, even if it's just a little bit.