Want to write for the Public Speaking Skills University?
Thanks for your interest in writing for the Public Speaking Skills University! This FAQ is intended to guide you through the writing, formatting and submitting process, with the goal of making this easier for all of us.
If you’d like to submit a guest post, please READ THESE GUIDELINES FIRST and then pitch your ideas to us via the Pitch Your Idea form.
The Public Speaking Skills University accepts posts in these categories:
Life Events: Public Speaking advice for those who need to deliver a speech at a major life event, such as a wedding or 21st.
For young professionals: Public Speaking and presentation skills tips and advice that will help them gain skills and confidence to deliver better presentations to their peers.
For mid-level professionals: Advice and ideas for mid-level professionals who want to improve their presentation skills to help them advance to the more senior roles in their career.
For senior-level professionals: Advice and ideas aimed at helping them become more inspiring and powerful public speakers.
Pitch your Idea
Frequently Asked Questions
What do writers get?
Unless pre-arranged with editors, contributors are not paid. We can offer a byline and a 1-2 sentence bio (with a link or two) at the bottom of the post. We work hard to share these posts across the Web, which helps get visibility for both you and us.
In addition to being published on our blog, we often include posts in our weekly newsletter, which goes out to students of the Public Speaking Skills University. Not bad exposure, right?
What should my bio say?
A sentence or two about you, plus a link or two to your website, Twitter handle or wherever you want to send readers. Please send us your bio with your post. PLEASE DO NOT SEND A BIO THAT’S LONGER THAN TWO SENTENCES. (Yes, that’s our yelling voice.)
What should I write about?
Content should appeal to the demographics of our readership: ambitious young professionals in a variety of industries around the globe. Be HELPFUL. Give advice. Offer an opinion.
What should I keep in mind while writing the piece?
We like our posts and headlines have spunk, personality and voice. Posts should be written in a conversational tone.
Keep first-person references to a minimum.
Post should be written in blog style, with short paragraphs. Blog readers tend to have a short attention span, so aim to get to the point early on.
Most importantly, don’t be BORING! Push yourself to tell us something new.
Should I pitch you with my idea before writing the post?
Yes. It’s smart to ask us to approve your idea before starting to write.
If this is your first time pitching us, tell us your idea and why you’d be good to write it. You might also send us a link to two to writing samples (blog posts are great) so we feel confident you’ll be able to execute the idea.
Just because we like your pitch does NOT mean we’ll publish your post. We need to see the final piece before committing to running it on our site.
How long should my posts be?
Shoot for 600-800 words.
Should I include links within the piece?
Yes, links are REQUIRED. Please include links that will be helpful and relevant for the reader – they can be to appropriate posts on your site or on any other news site or blog. We love when you link to other Public Speaking Skills University posts, too.
Should I write a headline?
That’d be great! We reserve the right to tweak it for SEO, style or just to make it more attention-grabbing. But if you want to suggest one, that makes our job easier.
Can I reprint the post on my own blog?
The Public Speaking Skills University will own the rights to all content once it is published. All content must be exclusive to The Public Speaking Skills University for 90 days (exceptions can be made with the editor’s permission), but we encourage authors to summarize and/or link to the post on their own blog (even within that 90-day window).
After 90 days, authors are welcome to repurpose or repost the content to their own or other websites. We request a link back to The Public Speaking Skills University as the original publisher. Here’s the blurb we suggest: This post first appeared on the Public Speaking Skills University, a hub for those looking to improve their public speaking and presentation skills.
Will you edit my post?
That depends on how well you write it! We reserve the right to edit submissions for content, clarity, length and audience. If your post requires a lot of edits, we’ll send it back to you for review before publishing it (so long as we hear from you quickly approving the final version).
If you write cleanly, we’ll make a few edits and publish without sending you the final version.
To avoid driving your editor crazy, please use only ONE SPACE IN BETWEEN SENTENCES.
What happens if I decide after you publish that I don’t want the post on the internet?
Once it’s up, it’s up. There’s no going back. So please think long and hard about whether you feel comfortable with that particular post with your byline in the public domain.
How should I submit the post?
After pitching your idea, we will be in contact and advise the best way to submit your article.
What about photos?
If your post requires one, please send via email as an attachment. Please ensure you have the appropriate copyright to use the photo.
Anything I should do after I submit my post?
When it runs, we hope you’ll be active in the comments, responding to readers’ questions or thoughts. (Never hurts to comment on your fellow contributors’ posts, either!)
Also, tweet or share the link if you’re proud of the piece! I
How long will it take for you to get back to me?
Once you send us your post, it usually takes us 1-2 weeks to edit it. (We get a lot of submissions!) If you don’t hear from us after two weeks, feel free to check back in to make sure your post didn’t get buried.
Once we edit your work, it will take another 1-3 weeks before it goes live on the site. That means if you have a certain date when you’d like your post to run, you should contact us about 4 weeks in advance.
What if I have more questions?
By all means, ask us! Our contact information is at the top of this guide.
Look forward to hearing your awesome pitch!