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This book will help anyone who suffers even a little nervousness when faced with a public speaking situation. But it is designed to specifically assist those of you who are too terrified to overcome your fears to...
This book will help anyone who suffers even a little nervousness when faced with a public speaking situation. But it is designed to specifically assist those of you who are too terrified to overcome your fears to speak in a public situation.
Webster defines white knuckle speaking, or speaker's fear as "laliophobia". I call speaker's fear the "Tiger", for it is something to be respected and feared, but with enough patience and training, it can be tamed.
This book is both a "KNOW HOW", and a "CAN DO" book that addresses solid public speaking fundamentals. It contains new fear reduction and confidence building techniques for you to use to eliminate your speaker's fear.
You may also use it as a reference book, to benefit from its unique and powerful speech preparation structural information, as well as its many fear reduction techniques.
You have all heard the old adage that sometime you get the "Tiger", and sometimes the "Tiger" gets you. This book is about, how to get the "Tiger"!
|Part 1||Learning About Speaker's FEAR: The Care and Feeding of a "Tiger"||1|
|Chapter 1||FEAR is a Four-Letter Word!||3|
|Chapter 2||Understanding the FEAR||13|
|Chapter 3||Addressing the Problem||27|
|Chapter 4||Deflection and Diffusion Techniques||34|
|Part 2||Preparation with Structure: Building a "Tiger" Cage||45|
|Chapter 5||The Basics||47|
|Chapter 6||Structuring Your Presentation||55|
|Chapter 7||"Tiger" Taming Presentation Tools||65|
|Part 3||More FEAR Reduction Techniques: Making the "Tiger" Dance||79|
|Chapter 8||The Room||81|
|Chapter 9||The Audience||93|
|Chapter 10||The Inner You||103|
|Part 4||It's Showtime!: A Trained Tiger is a Wonderful Pet||119|
|Chapter 11||The Outer You||121|
|Chapter 12||Putting it All Together||128|
|About the Author||137|
FEAR IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD!
Riots were shocking America that hot summer in 1968. The nation's population, transfixed to their televisions watched, as the 1968 Democratic National Convention became the centerpiece of National attention.
Against this highly charged backdrop, a young governor from Georgia was selected to introduce Hubert Horatio Humphrey, the distinguished Senior Senator from Minnesota, and Vice-President of the United States, as the Democratic candidate for the Presidency of the United States.
Sensing the historical implications of this moment, for the nation and his own political career, Governor James Earl “Jimmy” Carter approached the convention podium. The convention fell silent, throughout the nation, millions of TV viewers joined with their attention. Destiny was at hand, as Governor Carter began the speech of his lifetime.
Towards the conclusion of his speech Governor Carter was building to the introduction of Senator Humphrey with a crescendo of remarks laden with praise. At the heightened moment of anticipation, to the cheering throng, Governor Carter said: "....and it is my pleasure to introduce to you the next President of the United States, Hubert Horatio Hornblower".
And you think speaking in front a group is only difficult for you? How could such a dramatic embarrassment occur to an experienced speaker at such a practiced moment? The answer is, the "Tiger" got him! The "Tiger" is the dreaded speaker's fear, the root cause of White Knuckle Speaking.
The pressure to be effective, and not be embarrassed in this situation, translates into fear, and it potentially affects all who accept the responsibility to be a public speaker. Although your opportunity to speak may not be nearly as pressure charged as that of Jimmy Carter's at the Democratic National Convention, it may feel that way, or worse, to you.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
The author of "The Book of Lists" found that 41% of those surveyed rated public speaking their worst fear, while only 19% rated their worst fear as death. The top ten fears as listed in "The Book of Lists", by David Wallechinsky, and Amy Wallace are:
The fear of:
1. Speaking before a group.
3. Insects and bugs
4. Financial problems
5. Deep water
What you can ascertain from these statistics is, that when it comes to public speaking, you are obviously not alone in feelings of nervousness or apprehension that lead to gripping the podium so tight with your hands that you transform into a White Knuckle Speaker.
TIME magazine quoted famous actor Jimmy Stewart: "I've never been able to overcome the fear thing."
In the 1920’s noted radio announcer Harry Von Zell introduced then President Herbert Hoover to a national radio audience as "President Hoobert Heever"
The "Tiger" of speaker's fear, scientifically named laliophobia, strikes at us all. Actors, announcers, politicians, sports personalities, public speakers, and yes, even you. It can cause misspeak, mental lapses and even physical problems. Your actions when dealing with this phenomena can be called anything from freezing up, to choking, but we all know the feeling well. The challenge is to learn how to handle the "Tiger" when it shows up.