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Christine Clapp holds a MA in Communication from the University of Maryland, and is the president of Spoken with Authority, a coaching and consulting firm that develops the voice of experts who want to broaden their impact. Christine also teaches in the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication at the George Washington University.
Bjørn F. Stillion Southard holds a PhD in Communication from the University of Maryland, and is currently an assistant professor of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia, where he currently directs the Introduction to Public Speaking course. Bjørn’s research has appeared in Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Argumentation and Advocacy, and Voices of Democracy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Spoken with Authority; First edition (September 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578144352
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578144351
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have taken multiple professional communication classes which have required numerous books and guides to public speaking. Of all the resources I've been introduced to, Presenting at Work provides the most clear, concise, and practical guidance. The material is easy to navigate through and provides any aspiring public speaker with simple, yet comprehensive tools to facilitate one's comfort with and ability to competently communicate in a professional manner. Presenting at Work is a useful resource for everyone regardless of experience, or lack there of, with professional communications and public speaking.
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Who's not nervous when getting up to speak in public? I think we all are. This book addresses the conflict of managing nervousness from the get-go, then gives some trusty nuggets to take with you in your public speaking endeavors for life. This book uses simple intuition and logic to bring to light some concepts of public speaking that you may not have thought of. For example, we all think the entire world is focused on us when we get up to speak in front of a crowd. The reality is that our audience wants us to succeed and are not necessarily nit-picking our every word during our speeches. Also, the "spotlight" effect is something this book addresses. We are so worried about what other people might be thinking that we forget that we're probably better at speaking than we thought.
This book is a short, concise reference that is an essential part of any professional's library to be able to pull off the shelf and use not only while presenting at work, as the title suggests, but being able to present in a variety of social situations as well. As a grad student, this book was extremely beneficial in helping me understand the rationale of one of the public speaking classes I had to take. It made me realize that public speaking is not an activity that should be dreaded, but an opportunity to express your voice and experiences in a creative, meaningful, and lasting way. A MUST HAVE in your professional library!!!
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I read this book as a supplement to an honors undergraduate communications class taught by Christine Clapp, the author. I had never taken a public speaking class before and was overwhelmed at the thought of it. However, this book is anything but overwhelming. It is straight-forward, easy to read, and still extremely informative. The chapters are short and to the point, telling you all the information you need to know about the topic without unnecessary fluff. It is also an easy reference for specific topics, such as persuasive speeches, outlining, and even toasts, so it is not necessary to read the whole book if a certain section doesn't pertain to you at the moment. I never thought public speaking could be so easily broken down into comprehensive steps, from the early stages of planning to the final delivery and beyond. This book has given me the tools to feel more confident when public speaking and to speak extemporaneously, something I have had difficulty with in the past. In an age where we hardly ever have to talk to people face-to-face anymore, this book is absolutely integral in developing skills needed in the workplace! I highly recommend it for anyone at any stage in their school and/or career life.
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Bottom line upfront: Presenting at Work is an easy to use guide for someone looking to improve their public speaking. The text is well organized so you can easily filter through sections, honing in on what you need to work on. I really appreciate the sub headings in each chapter. It starts with the basics and builds and builds and builds to the point of addressing all sorts of public speaking engagements, not just work-oriented. From job interviews, to teleconferences, to toasts, this book has you covered in about 250 pages (the font is large so it reads even easier than it sounds). The sample outlines in the back are perhaps the best tool for would-be public speakers as they help the speaker coherently gather his or her thoughts and put it down in a format that is easy to rehearse. I used to think I delivered solid speeches, only relying on self-taught methods. I mean, it's just talking, we do it every day, of course I can teach myself! But Presenting at Work showed me I was grossly presumptuous in such thinking. If you want to improve your skills but aren't ready to commit to something like Toast Masters, Presenting at Work is a good option for those of us who like to learn on our own.
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As a 33 year old graduate student, I have always had difficulty communicating effectively in a public setting. I lacked the skills to put together a formal speaking outline, was fidgety and nervous, my speeches were plagued with “ums” and “so,” and I did not possess the fundamental tools to be the professional communicator I had always dreamt of becoming. Christine Clapp’s new book addressed all of my communication shortfalls and provided me with the necessary knowledge to rectify all of the discrepancies that hampered my ability to communicate effectively in public. The book is written in a manner that easy to use and can be pulled out while preparing for your next speech or in order to assist a struggling co-worker. If you want to improve your public speaking skills look no further! I highly recommend purchasing Christine Clapp’s book ‘Presenting at Work: A Guide to Public Speaking in Professional Contexts’ as a must have for those with the same aspirations as me – becoming a professional communicator, especially in a public setting!
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