A comprehensive guidebook on the art of public speaking, ideal for professionals and amateurs alike Renowned professional public speaker Jeff Davidson provides expert insight and professional advice on public speaking. This definitive guide covers every aspect from preparation and execution to inspiring the audience. Broken into seven sections, this book is a valuable resource for professional and amateur public speakers alike, including subjects such as: identifying and developing a topic; using humor, gestures, and stories in your speech; marketing your speech and speaking capabilities; negotiating speaking contracts; preparation, room check, and atmospherics; and working with professional speakers’ bureaus.
As William Hewlett, Co-founder of the Hewlett Packard Corporation said: "How can I trust someone to manage multi-million dollar projects if he or she can't manage a half-hour speech?" Effective presentations can change your buying habits, influence your vote, inspire and motivate but, they do not happen by chance. What is not well known is that public speaking is an art that can be learned. Regardless of your profession, e.g., business, science or engineering, government ... communicating in front of others is involved in most office jobs and more critical the higher up a person progresses. Thus, presentation skills are useful at all levels and in today's world are a necessity. In "A Complete Guide to Public Speaking" the steps for preparing and delivering an effective presentation, whether to a large audience, to your management, or even to your colleagues in a meeting, are described in a straightforward and easy-to-follow manner. Many topics are presented as: Factors to Consider Before Speech Preparation, Research on Message Retention, Winning Over an Audience, Opening & Closing Techniques, Developing Each Part of Your Speech, Taking the Terror Out of Speaking in Public, Pros & Cons of Various Visual Aids, Deadly Mistakes to Avoid and much more. Many vital speaking tips are also discussed regarding: the use of humor, awareness of your eyes / body as well as verbal language / gestures, avoiding "brain death" during your speech, strong words to use & weak words to avoid, speaking speed and pauses, handling hostile questions and audience members ... even clothing to wear. The author uses his extensive education, 35 years of management consulting and executive experience plus, research on public speaking to present a useful guide for public speaking in any arena.
This is the 2nd Edition of this book. The first, published in 2009, won a Readers Favorite Silver Medal for Non-Fiction. Since then many new software tools for enhancing presentation visual aids have been introduced and are discussed herein. Regardless of your profession, e.g., business, science, engineering or government, communicating in front of others is useful and becomes even more of a necessity as one progresses in an organization. Many topics are presented herein such as: Ancient human versions of Facebook and Twitter, the Evolution of Verbal & Written Communication, Factors to Consider Before Designing a Presentation, Winning Over an Audience, Opening & Closing Techniques, Developing Each Part of Your Speech, Taking the Terror out of Public Speaking, Deadly Mistakes to Avoid, Pros & Cons of Using Visual Aids, How to Avoid "Brain Death" When Speaking and much more. Many vital speaking tips are also presented such as: the use of humor; awareness of the role your eyes and gestures play; verbal & body language; strong words to use & weak words to avoid; speaking speed & pauses; strategies for handling hostile questions & audience members; "security blankets" to avoid and even tips for making a presentation to your boss and management. On-the-job presentations are emphasized such as those within corporations and other organizational entities, business and technical conferences, symposia and scientific poster sessions. The public speaking strategies and tips are described in a straightforward and easy-to-follow manner. The author uses his extensive education, 35 years of management consulting and executive management experience, as well as research on public speaking to present a useful guide for presentations in any setting. As William Hewlett, Co-founder of the Hewlett Packard Corporation said: "How can I trust someone to manage multi-million dollar projects if he or she can't manage a half-hour speech?"
The most important skill that all successful people share is the ability to communicate clearly and effectively. And, study after study indicate that 85% of a persons success is directly linked to how well he or she can communicate. This book will provide the tools for anyone to develop clear and effective communication, so they can dramatically improve their chances of success.
Reveals the secret expectations harbored by business school professors when listening to presented material. Designed to offer a competitive advantage to anyone interested in a career in business, this book offers a truly unique means of developing effective presentation skills.