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

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Receiving an Award

Sophocles once said, “Look and you will find it—what is unsought will go undetected.” It was this philosophy that led me to this company. When I graduated from college ten years ago, I had a definite image in mind of the kind of place where I wanted to work, and I set out to find it. I was looking for a company with the potential to grow, and that I could grow with. I was looking for a nurturing boss who could teach me through example and experience. I was looking for coworkers I could depend on and also consider friends. I was looking for an environment where I could feel free to think creatively and, best of all possible worlds, even be rewarded for it. I knew it was a tall order, but I was determined that if such a company existed, I would find it. I even turned down a few offers because they just didn't seem right. But when I stepped through the doors at Ticketflash, it did seem to have it all. Ten years later, I'm happy to say that initial search yielded exactly what I'd been seeking—and more.

I don't know many people who are still excited, ten years down the line, to get out of bed to go to work. But I am. And to receive an award for something I love doing is a true gift for which I am grateful.

When I found out that I was being given this award, it gave me time to reflect on the period of time I have spent at Ticketflash. I will never forget the first major account I ran, the Second Avenue Theater. The theater director was a real character, and I worked day and night trying to please him. As our first season working with them came to a close, I went out with some coworkers to celebrate making it through without a major mishap. Wouldn't you know, though, that I got a call from the director that very night? It seemed that a batch of tickets we'd ordered for them had been printed entirely in purple.

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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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