Umm . . .: A Complete Guide to Public Speaking

Umm . . .: A Complete Guide to Public Speaking

Umm . . .: A Complete Guide to Public Speaking

Umm . . .: A Complete Guide to Public Speaking

Synopsis

An instructive resource, this guide provides practical tips for those skittish about public speaking. From business and school presentations to wedding toasts and job interviews, this guide takes a step-by-step approach on how to offer inspiring, funny, honest, and well-executed speeches in a wide variety of settings. Suggestions include the best ways to research the topic, how to add and execute humorous anecdotes, and the most effective plan to eliminate verbal tics. Inexperienced orators will also learn how to use vocal tones and pauses to work through nerves and shine with confidence. For those more seasoned speakers, this handbook provides ideas on finessing and sharpening skills, such as how to ad-lib and take questions from the audience.

Excerpt

The purpose of this book is to help eliminate two forms of agony—the agony of listening to a bad speech and the agony of giving one. Each is painful in different ways. Listening to a bad speech brings boredom of such an intense and powerful kind, you feel that if you are unable to somehow stop the speaker from continuing you may find yourself pulling your ears off so the noise can't get in anymore. Giving a bad speech brings such humiliation and embarrassment that, for the rest of your life, if you ever see anyone who you know was in the audience you will immediately want to run away.

All that pain is preventable. In fact, when it's done well, public speaking can be an informative, interesting, funny, uplifting and utterly pleasurable experience for both audience and speaker.

Public speakers are not born. They are made. Someone who is a bad public speaker can become a good public speaker. And a good public speaker can create as much pleasure as a bad one can . . .

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