Bluffer's Guide to Public Speaking: Bluff Your Way in Public Speaking

Bluffer's Guide to Public Speaking: Bluff Your Way in Public Speaking

by Chris Steward, Mike Wilkinson
     
 

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"Distracting mannerisms are a god-send. If anything is going to take the audience's mind off the subject at hand it is a speaker who takes time to tweak his earlobes or scratch somewhere. This is simply because the audience becomes so engrossed in the presenter's peculiar peccadillos that the content becomes irrelevant."
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"Distracting mannerisms are a god-send. If anything is going to take the audience's mind off the subject at hand it is a speaker who takes time to tweak his earlobes or scratch somewhere. This is simply because the audience becomes so engrossed in the presenter's peculiar peccadillos that the content becomes irrelevant."
Bluffer's Guides is a series of snappy little books containing facts, jargon, and all you need to know for instant expertise.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903096659
Publisher:
Can of Worms Enterprises LTD
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Series:
Bluffer's Guides Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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The Bluffer's Guide to Public Speaking


By Steward, Chris

Oval Books

Copyright © 2000 Steward, Chris
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1902825950

Opening lines
Opening lines need only hold the audience for the first minute or two of the speech. This is because most audiences have the same concentration span as gerbils, and rapidly lose interest after this time.

A pearl in the rough
A speech is not expected to be comprehensive, or the last word on the subject. This gives you an ideal opportunity for bluffing. One little-known pearl of obscure or irrelevant fact will have more impact and do your reputation more good than any amount of sensible information. Indeed, by delivering it, the speaker is presumed by listeners to know about the subject in depth.

Bravado
Deciding what to say about the subject is easier if you happen to know something about it, but do not be daunted if you do not. Many professionals have made a handsome living out of speaking on subjects they know nothing about. Politicians and television personalities are fine examples of this.


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Meet the Author

Chris Steward was born in Dunstable, but after a petition by local residents, was forced to flee the country with his parents and finally rediscovered himself in New Zealand, Australia and Venezuela.

Having tried graphic arts, he stumbled into a sales and marketing career, attracted by the prospect of a company car and flexible expense account. With 20 years of blue-chip company experience behind him, and scaling new heights in originality, he set up the Steward Consulting Group. He now specialises in sales and marketing development and communication skills.

Mike Wilkinson was born in Bradford, narrowly missing the Stanley Matthews Cup Final, for which he has blamed his parents ever since. Having worked in the catering industry and local government, he was called to the bar at the Dairy Crest Annual Conference, where he found in his co-author a kindred spirit and enough money for the next round.

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