Public speaking is one of the most important skills in personal and professional life. Yet too often this key ability is neglected, leading to presentations which are dull, uninspired and poorly delivered.
The Craft of Public Speaking examines some of the crucial aptitudes which are fundamental to delivering an effective presentation for listeners. These include preparation, structure and rehearsal, in addition to some of the more overlooked aspects of oration such as the use of visual aids, adding humour, and dressing for success. As well as discussing how to deliver effective live addresses in public settings, the book also covers interview techniques for TV and radio along with how to organise seminars and conferences.
Dr Colin M. Barron has delivered hundreds of lectures and presentations to audiences during a long career, giving speeches on a wide variety of different subjects over many years. In The Craft of Public Speaking, he shares the essential knowledge that you will need to become a truly successful public speaker.
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About the Author
Colin has a special interest in writing - his first non-fiction book Running Your Own Private Residential and Nursing Home was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 1990. He has also written around 150 articles for various publications including This Caring Business, The Glasgow Herald, Caring Times, Care Weekly, The British Medical Journal, The Hypnotherapist, The Thought Field and many others. He was a regular columnist for This Caring Business between 1991 and 1999.
Colin has always had a particular interest in hypnosis and alternative medicine. In 1999 he completed a one-year Diploma course in hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming with the British Society of Clinical and Medical Ericksonian Hypnosis (BSCMEH), an organisation created by Stephen Brooks who was the first person in the UK to teach Ericksonian Hypnosis. He has also trained with the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (BSMDH) and with Valerie Austin, who is a top Harley Street hypnotherapist. Colin is also a licensed NLP practitioner. In 1992 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health (FRSH). He is a former member of various societies including the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis - Scotland (BSMDH), the British Thought Field Therapy Association (BTFTA), the Association for Thought Field Therapy (ATFT), the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA), and the Hypnotherapy Association.
Colin has been using TFT since early in 2000, and in November 2001 he became the first British person to qualify as a Voice Technology TFT practitioner. He used to work from home in Dunblane and at the Glasgow Nuffield Hospital. Colin has also had 40 years of experience in public speaking, and did some training with the John May School of Public Speaking in London in January 1990.
Table of ContentsForeword by Janet Thomson (Page i)
1. How this book came about (Page 1)
2. Common faults in presentations and public speaking (Page 5)
3. Preparing for a speech or a presentation (Page 9)
4. The importance of structure (Page 17)
5. Writing your speech or presentation (Page 27)
6. Rehearsing your speech or presentation (Page 33)
7. Delivering your speech or presentation (Page 43)
8. Dressing for success (Page 49)
9. Techniques for controlling anxiety and boosting confidence (Page 57)
10. Using props in a presentation or speech (Page 69)
11. Using humour in presentations (Page 77)
12. Using visual aids (Page 89)
13. Speaking at conferences (Page 99)
14. Being interviewed on television and radio (Page 111)
15. Miscellaneous speaking situations (Page 119)
Appendix I: Improving your writing skills (Page 127)
Appendix II: Further reading and resources (Page 141)
Index (Page 145)