7 Steps to Fearless Speaking

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Let's Get Started

If I have the belief that I can do it,
I shall surely acquire the capacity to
do it even if I may not have it at
the beginning.

MAHATMA GANDHI

Because I am a teacher, I write the way I teach. I want this book to duplicate, insofar as possible, the experience you would receive in my class, in a self-help workshop, in my office, or in a conference room. This book is your guide.The path to fearless speaking is a series of steps. Each step:
Builds on the step before it
Incorporates the principles of the step that precedes it
Begins with relaxation, breathing, and vocalization exercises
Culminates in a speaking assignment
Has a self-critique questionnaire
Leads to improvement

You'll start with one-on-one presentations and work your way up to larger groups.


Doing the Work

I want to emphasize the importance of your willingness and discipline to do the work required in this Seven Step Program.

When I was writing the proposal for this book, I wanted to title it 7 Weeks to Fearless Speaking. An agent—only half in jest, I later sur

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