Your Guide to Public Speaking: Build Your Confidence, Find Your Voice, and Inspire Your Audience

Your Guide to Public Speaking: Build Your Confidence, Find Your Voice, and Inspire Your Audience

by Amanda Hennessey
Your Guide to Public Speaking: Build Your Confidence, Find Your Voice, and Inspire Your Audience

Your Guide to Public Speaking: Build Your Confidence, Find Your Voice, and Inspire Your Audience

by Amanda Hennessey


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Are you part of the 73% of the population that experiences anxiety from public speaking? Face your fears with this valuable guide that combines real-world case studies and practice activities to help build your confidence.

You may not be afraid of heights or spiders but making a speech in front of a large crowd—whether it’s a wedding party, an awards ceremony, or even doing a presentation in the office—is sure to get your heart pounding and your palms sweaty. But with Your Guide to Public Speaking in hand, there’s no need to fear public speaking a second longer.

This practical and indispensable guide teaches you to understand and work with your audience, take control of your own emotions, and create the perfect materials to supplement your speech and help drive your message home. With practice activities, real-world case studies, tips you never thought you needed—and more!—you’ll find everything you need to become a speech master in no time at all.

From preparing for a video conference, rallying for support for a cause that’s important to you, or facing down multiple interviews, you can banish those fears and feel empowered no matter what the situation with Your Guide to Public Speaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781507210246
Publisher: Adams Media
Publication date: 05/14/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,059,551
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Amanda Hennessey is the founder of Boston Public Speaking, where her innovative strategies give people confidence and charisma through finding their own unique voice. For over a decade, she has empowered individuals, including CEOs, scientists, students, executives, entrepreneurs, activists, chefs, doctors, and even a top dog trainer, to shift from fearful to fierce. Currently, Amanda leads public speaking workshops across the country, working with individuals and organizations, including Boston Children’s Hospital, MIT, Simmons School of Social Work, and Petco. She taught acting at Boston University’s Department of Film and Television and at New York Film Academy. Amanda received her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School and went on to act in films, plays, and commercials. She is a cofounder of Boston Acting Classes, where she teaches with her husband, Art Hennessey. She can be reached through or

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part 1 Public Speaking 101 11

Chapter 1 What Is Public Speaking? 13

Public Speaking, Defined 14

Why People Speak Publicly 15

What's Your Perspective on Public Speaking? 17

Knowing What's at Stake for Your Audience 19

The Problem with Perfection 23

Part 2 The Presenter 29

Chapter 2 Empowering Yourself Emotionally and Mentally 31

Confidence 32

Get Emotionally Centered by Focusing On Your Mission 34

Presence, Presenting, and Being Present 35

How to Get Out of Your Own Way 38

Tips for Effective Emotional and Mental Preparation 42

Nurture a Positive Mindset: Get Rid of Negative Self-Beliefs 43

Rewriting Your Worst-Case Scenario Public Speaking Stones 52

The Trick to Dealing with the "Center of Attention" Conundrum 54

Caring…but Not Too Much 56

Chapter 3 Empowering Yourself Physically 63

The Impact of Your Body Language 64

Which Body Language Options Are the Best for Public Speaking? 70

Focus On What You Want to Be, Not What You Don't Want to Be 74

How to Present When You're Sitting Down 76

What Do I Do with My Hands? 78

What Do I Do with My Feet? 80

Chapter 4 Empowering Yourself Vocally 85

Breathing 86

Vocal Variety 90

Avoiding Filler Words 102

Other Vocal Issues to Avoid 107

When You Have an Accent 109

Using a Microphone 111

Part 3 The Presentation 117

Chapter 5 Creating Your Talk-The Nitty-Gritty of Writing and Rehearsing 119

Who, Why, What, How, When 120

Understanding Your Audience 120

Add a Call to Action 127

Incorporate Your Own Style Into Your Writing 129

Be Sure to Avoid Jargon 140

Humanize Facts and Figures When Possible 142

Lists 142

Making Great Slides 143

Rehearsal 151

To Memorize or Not to Memorize 157

Soliciting Feedback from Friends, Family, and/or Colleagues 163

Chapter 6 Preparing 171

Planning 172

The Power of Visualization 175

Taking Care of Yourself 177

Clothing 180

Getting Comfortable Being on Camera 181

Specific Circumstances 185

Networking 205

Chapter 7 Presenting-Cresting an Experience for Your Audience 211

How Your Intentions Affect Your Interaction with Your Audience 212

How to Handle the Energy in the Room 219

When You Are Facing Opposition 221

Conveying Empathy and Gratitude 223

Land it Like a Gymnast 228

Capture Their Imagination-One Moment at a Time 228

Conclusion 234

Additional Resources 235

Acknowledgments 236

Index 237

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