An Asperger's Guide to Public Speaking: How to Excel at Public Speaking for Professionals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

An Asperger's Guide to Public Speaking: How to Excel at Public Speaking for Professionals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

by Rosalind A. Bergemann


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This practical guide to effective public speaking for professionals with Asperger Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) provides tailored advice on using your Asperger strengths to your advantage and overcoming areas of challenge to find your public speaking voice.

Written by a business leader with Asperger Syndrome, it includes guidance and hands-on tools for preparation, research and delivery of successful speeches and presentations. It addresses all the key areas that can cause particular difficulty for people with Asperger Syndrome such as coping with anxiety, interpreting the facial expressions of your audience, awareness of your own body language as projected to others, sensory overload issues caused by the speaking environment, and surviving post-speech networking and social events.

Whether giving a presentation at a meeting, hosting a corporate event, or delivering an autism awareness speech, this book provides all the guidance that professionals with Asperger Syndrome need to master public speaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781849055161
Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
Publication date: 02/21/2015
Series: Asperger's Employment Skills Guides Series
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.73(w) x 9.57(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Dr. Rosalind A. Bergemann has worked as a business leader for over 20 years, having held positions in global business strategy, finance and international human resources. She is Chairperson of Asperger Leaders, an organisation supporting people with Asperger Syndrome holding senior positions in business, Non-Executive Director of Dimensions, Non-Executive Director of Brain in Hand and CEO of a global change management consultancy. She is educated to doctorate level in the fields of international business and organisational psychology, as well as leadership studies through Harvard Business School. Dr. Bergemann was named Consultant of the Year at the National Management and Leadership Awards 2013 by the UK Chartered Management Institute. She is the author of An Asperger Leader's Guide to Living and Leading Change and An Asperger's Guide to Entrepreneurship, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She is based in London, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 I Don't Need to Speak Publicly Right Now, So Why Worry About It? 12

Part 1 Getting Ready for Public Speaking - Before You Need to Do It

Chapter 2 Defining the Asperger Challenges and Strengths 18

Chapter 3 Types or Public Speaking 24

Chapter 4 Early Coping Strategies 30

Part 2 Key Elements for Successful Public Speaking

Chapter 5 Developing Your Public Speaking Persona 50

Chapter 6 Acknowledging Others 62

Chapter 7 How do Inspirational Speakers Succeed? 68

Part 3 Preparing for a Public Speaking Engagement

Chapter 8 Researching Your Audience 74

Chapter 9 Researching Your Topic 79

Chapter 10 Preparation of Your Material 88

Chapter 11 Personal Preparation 102

Chapter 12 Practical Issues before You Speak Publicly 106

Part 4 Delivering Your Speech

Chapter 13 Engaging Your Audience 122

Chapter 14 The Importance of Post-Speech Socialising and Networking 127

Chapter 15 Managing Sensory Overload Issues after Your Speech 141

Conclusion 145

Part 5 Practical Tools for People on the Autistic Spectrum Preparing for Public Speaking

Toolkit exercise 1 Your Initial Thoughts 148

Toolkit exercise 2 Key Elements of Public Speaking 151

Toolkit exercise 3 Early Coping Strategies 155

Toolkit exercise 4 Changing Perceptions of Public Speaking 164

Toolkit exercise 5 Developing Your Public Speaking Persona 167

Toolkit exercise 6 Developing Your Speaking Voice 168

Toolkit exercise 7 Knowing When to Stop Researching Your Topic 171

Toolkit exercise 8 Template for Developing Your Speech Notes 174

Further Reading 176

References 177

Index 178

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