Your Public Best: The Complete Guide to Making Successful Public Appearances / Edition 2

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 88%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (16) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $5.92   
  • Used (11) from $1.99   


As you rise to shake hands with an interviewer, approach a podium, or greet an audience from a television set, you are being judged based on your appearance. These few seconds can mean the difference between making a vital connection with a person or audience and losing a job, viewers, or the respect you deserve.

In this no-nonsense, definitive sourcebook, Lillian Brown, the expert’s expert, distills over forty years of “insider” experience as a consultant for countless familiar faces, including Diane Sawyer, Dan Rather, and six U.S. presidents beginning with John F. Kennedy, to help you at any stage of your career and life with personal appearance, voice improvement, public speaking, handling the media, and appearing on television.

Plus, she answers the most frequently asked questions, including:

  • What kinds of clothes should I wear when I’m giving a speech, making a business presentation, or appearing on television?
  • What colors are best to wear when I’m in public?
  • Can I change my voice (lower the pitch or get rid of a regional accent, for example)?
  • When I’m giving a talk or lecture, how can I organize my thoughts so that I don’t ramble?
  • What can I do to avoid stage fright?

Veteran media consultant Lillian Brown offers professionals everywhere the same detailed advice she gives to figures such as Jimmy Carter and Diane Sawyer.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Charlie Rose
Brown brings to this book the wealth of her experience and the respect of the best people in our business.
Ann Richards
A godsend for anyone who plans to meet the public directly or through the media.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brown is well qualified to advise readers how to optimize their image when making a professional appearance: among other positions, she has been chief makeup artist for CBS-TV, has made up all five presidents from Kennedy to Carter and has served as vocal coach for the Voice of America. She offers eminently practical advice on clothing (never wear black, white or red on TV), makeup (do not attempt to highlight cheekbones with rouge), voice (there are exercises to alter pitch and increase resonance), public speaking (know your audience and adapt your talk to its expectations), handling the media (anticipate tough or unfair questions you might be asked). In every situation, be yourself, Brown urges in the summary of this notably helpful guide. (July)
Library Journal
An ``image consultant'' to Texas State Treasurer Ann Richards, among others, Brown focuses mostly on the appearance a person makes. She gives extensive advice on clothes (including colors to wear), makeup, voice, and how to stand and use gestures. She also suggests skillful ways for people to communicate their message. Several chapters are devoted to handling the media and appearing on TV. Brown gives hints on how to ``lighten up'' facial expression and other ways to look good on TV. Libraries that have purchased Arch Lustberg's Winning When It Really Counts ( LJ 9/1/88) or Reid Buckley's Speaking in Public ( LJ 9/1/88) may want Brown's book as well for its different slant on a polished public presence.-- Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557045416
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/16/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,220,076
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)


Newman, Edwin
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)