Mastering the Art of Public Speakingby Peter Desberg
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Whether it's giving a speech in front of hundreds of people, or being interviewed by just one person, the fear of public speaking seems to grip many of us at one time or another. In fact, the Book of Lists ranks public speaking as the number one phobia in America--with the fear of dying coming in at number six.
Now, Mastering the Art of Public Speaking presents a practical approach for overcoming stagefright, shyness, interview anxiety, and the apprehension associated with public speaking. Each chapter contains clear explanations of what causes this fear, illustrative case studies, and specific tasks and exercises to help you develop the skills needed to express yourself effectively in high-pressure situations.
Included are valuable techniques for
- Learning to relax
- Improving your memory
- Preparing for, delivering, and evaluating public speaking presentations
- Approaching interviews and auditions with confidence
- Sharpening your conversation skills
- Dealing with avoidance and procrastination
With before-and-after diagnostic tests to chart your progress, a comprehensive bibliography, and recommendations for further reading, this useful guide will help you communicate with confidence and skill--in front of any audience.
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If you ever have trouble getting the butterflies in your stomach to fly in formation, this is the book for you. Desberg developed and tested his techniques in the Stagefright Workshops he runs for business people and professionals. His results are extraordinary. The good doctor walks you through self-evaluations, then prescribes the treatments for what ails you. His cure, in a nutshell, is to understand how your own thoughts and predictions cause the fear and to learn how to control those thoughts. He has succeeded in laying out an effective plan for you to do just that. Some of the exercises are a bit time-consuming and require genuine self-observation and reflection. If you¿re looking for a quick easy read on the subway, this isn¿t it. Prepare to work your way from cover to cover with your pencil and notebook in hand. If, however, you would benefit from better control over the butterflies in your stomach (if you do public speaking, this would be you), this book is a winner. The exercises work, and the tips are invaluable.