The Everything Public Speaking Book: Delivering a Winning Presentation Every Time!

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Running a Meeting

We've all heard the saying that “talk is cheap.” I'm not so certain I agree with that. One thing I've seen in our monthly staff meetings is just how valuable talking can be. The discussions we've had here have led to important policy changes that have resulted in a number of noticeable improvements in this company. So I firmly believe that talk is definitely not cheap; in fact, I think it is crucial to our continued success.

However, I have been thinking about another factor that is perhaps even more valuable than talking, a skill that we've unfortunately overlooked too often. And that's listening. All of us here are quite skilled orators. We know how to make our points clearly, convincingly, and eloquently. But how many of us are skilled listeners? More and more I'm convinced that active listening—making a concentrated effort to really listen to one another—is the only way we can get an accurate picture of what's happening in this company. It's also the best way for us all to work toward solving problems and to generate great new ideas.

So I've decided to make listening the focus of today's meeting; as I see it, listening, in some way or other, informs our agenda today in three important ways.

First, I've personally been doing a great deal of listening myself lately. I've spent the last two weeks visiting each and every department in our company, making it my main goal to listen to what our employees have to say. Based on what I heard, I have identified four issues that appear to be most in need of immediate consideration: one, the new computer system; two, the overtime hours issue; three, the development of the company Web site; and four, the loss of the D&R account.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • The Everything® Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Top Ten Reasons You Want to Speak Better in Public x
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter 1 - Overcoming Fear 1
  • Chapter 2 - The Psychology of Fear 11
  • Chapter 3 - The Informative Speech 23
  • Chapter 4 - Eloquent Sources 35
  • Chapter 5 - Refining Touches 49
  • Chapter 6 - You're Only Joking 59
  • Chapter 7 - Managing the Audience 73
  • Chapter 8 - Visual and Audio Aids 83
  • Chapter 9 - It's Debatable 97
  • Chapter 10 - Taking Care of Business 111
  • Chapter 11 - Media Interviews: Preparation 127
  • Chapter 12 - Media Interviews: Showtime 137
  • Chapter 13 - Becoming a Pro: Getting Started 149
  • Chapter 14 - Becoming a Pro: the Big Time 163
  • Appendix A - Sample Persuasion Speech 177
  • Appendix B - Sample Internal Marketing Speech 187
  • Appendix C - Sample Speeches for Almost Every Occasion 199
  • Boosting Morale 201
  • New Business Pitch 204
  • Presenting an Award 206
  • Receiving an Award 208
  • Honoring a Retiring Employee 210
  • Address to Stockholders 212
  • Analyzing a Problem/Proposing a Solution 214
  • Dedicating a New Facility 217
  • Giving a Demonstration 218
  • Running a Meeting 221
  • Giving a Wedding Toast 223
  • Welcome to Company Outing 225
  • Press Conference Announcement 226
  • Welcoming a New Employee 227
  • Farewell to a Departing Employee 229
  • Paying Tribute to an Honoree 231
  • Introducing a Guest Speaker 233
  • Welcome to Convention/Conference 235
  • Index 237
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