7 Steps to Fearless Speaking

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STEP TWO
Get a Response
and Structure
Your Thoughts

1. Out of clutter, find simplicity.

2. From discord, find harmony.

3. In the middle of difficulty lies
opportunity.

ALBERT EINSTEIN
“THREE RULES OF WORK”

This chapter explains two concepts that form the foundation of a successful and fearlessly given speech:
1. Get an immediate response from your audience.
2. Structure what you have to tell them with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

We'll learn some useful techniques for getting feedback from your audience with an initial response. Then we'll study a simple planned presentation with a beginning, a middle, and an end. Finally, we'll practice linking the two.

What do I mean when I ask you to get an immediate response from your audience?

A response is feedback—an indication that your listeners have received the thought you just expressed. It's an acknowledgment that they heard, understood, and are continuing to listen with interest.

There are many ways of getting a response, and we will discuss them in this chapter. You can ask a direct question, make a startling statement, tell a story, show a picture or use a prop. Your feedback can take the form of spoken answers to your question, it can be

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Table of contents

  • More Praise for 7 Steps to Fearless Speaking *
  • Accolades Amd Affirmations from Students of Lilyan Wilder *
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction 1
  • The Five Fears 9
  • Let's Get Started 21
  • Step One - Experience Your Voice 29
  • Step Two - Get a Response and Structure Your Thoughts 43
  • Step Three - Establish a Dialogue 61
  • Step Four - Tap Your Creativity 77
  • Step Five - Learn to Persuade 95
  • Step Six - Achieve Your Higher Objective 113
  • Step Seven - Give the Gift of Your Conviction 129
  • The Seven Steps in Action 151
  • Be a Fearless Speaker Every Day 191
  • Appendix A - Voice Work 197
  • Appendix B - If You Need Medical Help 213
  • Acknowledgments 217
  • Index 219
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