What's our greatest fear? Death? Wrong. It's public speaking and, unfortunately, most people are never prepared to speak in public. Clear, concise tips, insights and anecdotes are included. With over 30 years of active public speaking, the author guides you through the basics and secrets of successful business speeches. Chapters cover toasts and roasts, TV appearances, international speaking, effective use of audio-visual equipment, making audience contact, using humor, and the opportunities that await you should you decide on a career as a professional speaker. Also contains a valuable listing of local and national speaking chapters and associations.
According to the The Book of Lists people place fear of public speaking above the fear of death which somehow makes complete sense. Regrettably neither can be completely avoided in a lifetime. So this should probably be read by everyone in view of the fact that at some point in life you will have to speak publicly. And increased confidence can produce terrific side benefits, such as career enhancement. Axtell provides handy advice on overcoming fear, how to use notes, body language, when to use and avoid humour, and how to make the most of audio-visual equipment. Whether about to give a company presentation or a best man's speech, this easily digested book should be your first port of call. (Kirkus UK)
The Three Secrets for Banishing Fear.
Organization of Business Speeches.
To Read or Not to Read.
Appearing on Television.
Using Audio-Visual Equipment.
Special Speaking Situations.
How to Turn Professional.
Resources for Help.
Parting Advice from Successful Speakers.
Listing of Local Chapters, National Speakers Association.