The Complete Guide to Public Speaking

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The ability to powerfully and persuasively impact audiences is an important part of your career and your life. Despite the onslaught of new communication technology, the need to develop your speaking skills seems to be greater than ever. In all sectors of business and society, the need for effective leadership is as great as ever. There is a demand for bold men and women who can rally, instruct, inspire, and entertain others.

In this exciting new book, speaker and author Jeff Davidson offers a bold, comprehensive compendium of what it takes to succeed as a public speaker. While dozens of books have been written over the years on the various aspects of public speaking, no one has ever managed to assemble a complete guide in the way that Jeff Davidson does here.

The Complete Guide to Public Speaking is a comprehensive action plan for speaking in public. It is loaded with facts, long-term perspectives, unique insights, and personal stories. These assets, combined with humor, make for a valuable, enjoyable, compelling book.

Jeff has arranged the guide into six major topic areas. They include identifying and developing a dynamite speaking topic; enlivening your presentations with humor, movement, and stories; positioning and marketing your speech; winning and negotiating speaker contracts; groundwork activities leading up to the performance; and inspiring audiences. Each of these sections contains numerous chapters, arranged chronologically as your work would unfold.

Every chapter is full of recommendations, tips, caveats, personal philosophy, and highly practical information. Jeff draws on his 19 years as a professional speaker as well as drawing on the wisdom of an enormous number of speaking professionals to provide keen insights and uncommon solutions. Jeff employs first-person observations from some of the most


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