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

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Overview

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.

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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.
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Product Details

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

Introduction

Newman, Edwin
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