Effective Speaking: Communicating in Speech

Effective Speaking: Communicating in Speech

Effective Speaking: Communicating in Speech

Effective Speaking: Communicating in Speech

Synopsis

Effective Speakingprovides the hard scientific information about audience psychology, text preparation, presentation methods, voice production, body language and persuasive advocacy which will help would-be speakers improve their performance. The emphasis throughout is on practical self-help, on methods which have been shown to work, with clear explanations of just why they are effective.

Excerpt

Everyone has to be a listener sometimes; at lectures, presentations, meetings, and on the telephone, we spend a lot of our time listening to others talking. We all know, then, that the average standard of spoken presentation is poor. We are often bored, irritated, even embarrassed as listeners; rarely are we captivated, or filled with new enthusiasm for a topic and with respect for the speaker. I suppose most people when they suffer an appalling presentation vow that when their turn comes they will do better.

When we are asked to speak it is often not so easy. I expect that many people who pick up this book have either just been asked to give an important presentation, or have just given one which has gone less than triumphantly. Take comfort; speaking, like most of the things we do, can be learned. It is not a mysterious gift, something inborn in the lucky and denied to ordinary mortals. It is a skill, and thinking about it will improve it. This book is written on the premise that careful consideration of the problems which face the inexperienced speaker will improve the standards of presentation they can hope to achieve. The experienced speaker, too, can improve. Habits formed without thought, mannerisms which have been reinforced over years of use, assumptions which have never been analysed, can be remodelled by thinking about the task of effective speaking.

This book is not intended, or expected, to produce demagogues. It is primarily for people who need to speak as part of their job, and whose careers will be advanced by the ability to speak competently. Increasingly, industry and government organizations prefer verbal presentations. Reports of research work, proposals for administrative innovations, progress meetings, union meetings, the training of new recruits,

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