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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 7, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764559540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764559549
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Public speaking is one of the major fears people have, right up there with death and dentists. Now, two authors have put their advice for aspiring speakers on audio, and while the material may overlap some, listeners will find much to learn from each. Kushner, a professional speaker, narrates Public Speaking for Dummies and packs it full of solid information and advice. While this covers most aspects of public speaking, the majority of the tape focuses on preparationApicking a topic, finding out about the audience and location of the speech, and organization. Although some of his advice is common sense, all of it is quite helpful, and listeners will find several tips they may never have thought of. The tape clearly is an abridgment of a much more in-depth work (Successful Presentations for Dummies), and while Kushner's delivery is fine, the overall tone is that of a good book with most of the humor and elaboration removed for time's sake. Still, this is a solid instructional work that covers its topic well; an ideal purchase for audio collections, especially in libraries that have much demand for the Dummies series. The set by Chorbajian demonstrates how the audio medium can be used to its full potential. Although she covers some of the same topics as Kushner regarding preparation and content, she also offers instruction on the actual oratory of the speech, reflecting on such skills as pausing and stressing certain words for effect. She also gives tips on dealing with the fear of speaking before groups and how to triumph over such things as suddenly "going blank" in the middle of a speech. Packed with clear illustrations of speaking skills and full of extremely helpful information, Public Speaking & You is very highly recommended for all audio collections (and all librarians preparing for a speaking engagement!).ASally G. Waters, Stetson Coll. of Law Lib., St. Petersburg, FL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

Tried-and-true tips for dazzling your audience

Conquer your public speaking jitters and deliver a dynamite speech

Anxious about public speaking? Have no fear! Use this friendly guide as your personal arsenal of tools to overcome stage fright and build a rapport with your audience. From researching your topic and preparing the room to crafting a riveting address, these savvy tips will help you deliver a masterful presentation.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

Discover how to:

  • Speak with confidence
  • Create spectacular visual aids
  • Add power with body language
  • Address international and virtual audiences
  • Answer questions the right way

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I am starting my speaking career and this book was recommended by a fellow speaker.
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The author's style of writing is easy to understand and funny.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been giving speeches for the past 16 years, and am well acquainted with the ropes. I was looking for a book that wouldn't just tell me "how not to be nervous" etc., but a book that would sharpen my speeches and make me a more polished speaker. Well, that's exactly what happened. I took Malcolm's ideas and started incorporating them into all my talks, classes, and speeches. It seems that overnight, I was being complimented more and more, and I myself feel that my speeches have much more "pizzaz" - but not only. They also are more well-built, educational, and get my points across fast. Malcolm Kushner's book is also very humorous. Perhaps sometimes the humor is just a little bit TOO much, but the easy, informative way he writes is a real treasure. Recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Bennett VINE VOICE on May 4, 2006
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While I am not a huge fan of buying a book advertised as being for "dummies," I find the "...for Dummies" series to be very helpful for those of us unfamiliar with a certain topic. Needless to say, I am very unfamiliar with public speaking, unless you count the class I had in high school ten years ago, which I barely remember.

I am grateful for Kushner for taking a complex topic and making it easy to understand. Even though I am naturally outgoing and like to talk to groups, I wanted to learn an effective method of public speaking. I picked up the book because some friends and I have started an internet broadcast (called a podcast) and I wanted tips and suggestions on how to improve my speaking ability and organizational skills. I eventually want to branch out and do public speaking.

Generally, I liked the book, and even read it in a single day. I especially enjoyed the chapters about speech organization and the ones about voice and body language. I am going to practice his techniques during my spare time before either the mirror or a camera, to try to make them come more naturally. I am also going to thoroughly prepare for any speech I make, using the methods outlined in this book. He gives plenty of tips on how to start a speech, how to end one, and how to fill the speeches with humor and other interesting elements. Even though the book is an overview, putting his many suggestions into practice will keep anyone busy for awhile.

The only drawback to this book is that being a "...for Dummies" book, I feel like I need to read another more advanced book to actually get the best handle possible on public speaking.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mollie on December 22, 2004
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While the author entices the reader with a fair measure of humor, ensuring that the book is a lot more interesting than the generic title would suggest, the humor doesn't detract from the informative nature of the work. The writing style is clear and the author takes a comprehensive approach to his subject. He provides an abudance of advice to various types of speakers. I have already put some of Mr. Kushner's ideas into practice, and have noticed that my audiences are more attentive -- and I am more confident. I recommend this book highly!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. McAndrew on July 2, 2004
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This is filled with good tips for speakers. As past president of Toastmasters in Monticello, I highly recommend this as a good review for polished speakers and a good introduction to the basics for beginning speakers.
I would have liked to know alittle bit more, however, how speakers can connect with different kinds of audiences..that could have been explored a little bit deeper.
Basic messages are be prepared and know your audience.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Celine Ravell on September 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am new to this Public Speaking business! In my new position, I must make lots of presentations. Public Speaking for Dummies is a very helpful manual. Lots of good tips and suggestions. I also really liked the book called, Speech Communication Made Simple: A Multicultural Perspective. Both of these books have given me a lot of confidence when public speaking and have helped me to overcome much of my nervousness when speaking before groups.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on May 6, 2006
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I do a fair amount of public speaking and have found this book very helpful in many respects. It does an excellent job of covering the basics, includes some great tips that you might not think of on your own and also introduces some advanced topics without overwhelming you with lots of detail.

Like most of the "For Dummies" series, the book has an encouraging tone and is written in a humorous or light manner. It's an easy and pleasurable read and I believe everyone interested in public speaking would pick up something useful from it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By RC Schwartz on August 3, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've made speaches for many years and this book has helped me to polish my presentations and deal with fears more than any other resource I have seen. The tone and pace are refreshing for any business self help book.

The author has an obvious wealth of knowlegde and experience. He delivers insights with acute humor and sincerety.

I whole heartedly recommend this book for anyone that makes public presentations of any kind.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book covered a lot of info, so I'll start by stating its strengths. This book would be a great book for a business profession who was required to give pre-written speeches, introduce other speakers, or do other types of professional, business oriented speaking. It covered great details about writing speeches, body language, etc.

However, it was extremely weak in covering informal and online speaking engagements. In fact, while it mentioned speaking in coffee houses, it didn't give any relative tips. Inspirational speakers will get little if anything out of this book. If you are going to be speaking in an interactive setting with small group of people or online, this is not the book for you. I was extremely let down by the contents.

I also want to mention that while it addressed stage fright, the content there was extremely weak as well. With an entire chapter on the subject, it didn't contain any really helpful tips. Suggesting you use the adrenalin it to give yourself an edge - with no tips on how to do that. Suggesting arriving early to calm your fears (again, not practical for online meetings where you are waiting for someone else to initiate them or show up). Essentially, it sounded like a lot of platitudes than anything remotely helpful -- however, if you are speaking in a corporate setting, they might be helpful, but since that isn't my platform, it wasn't.
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More About the Author

Malcolm Kushner, "America's Favorite Humor Consultant," is an internationally acclaimed expert on humor and communication. Since 1982, he has trained thousands of managers, executives and professionals how to gain a competitive edge with humor. His clients include IBM, Aetna, HP, AT&T, Bank of America, American Bar Association, American Medical Association and the IRS.

A co-creator of the humor exhibit at The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, he also co-authored "Well...There You Go Again": The Humor That Shaped America (Volume I) -- the first multimedia CD-ROM devoted solely to Ronald Reagan. He has lectured about presidential humor at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Smithsonian Institute and numerous leadership conferences.

Kushner is the author of "The Light Touch: How to Use Humor for Business Success" (Simon & Schuster). A main selection of the MacMillan Business Book Club, it has been translated into five languages. He is also the author of "Public Speaking For Dummies" (Wiley Books) and "Presentations For Dummies" (Wiley Books) which has sold over 100,000 copies. His latest books are "The Little Book of Humorous Quotes" (aka associates), "The Official Book of Mob Humor" (Robert D. Reed Publishers) and "The Ultimate Lawyer Quote Book" (American Bar Association).

Kushner holds an M.A. in Communication from the University of Southern California. and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the Law. He has served as a staff attorney for the California Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, and practiced law with a major San Francisco firm.

Frequently interviewed by the media, he has been profiled in Time Magazine, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post and numerous other publications. His television and radio appearances include CNN, National Public Radio, CNBC, "Voice of America" and "The Larry King Show."

Kushner is also the creator of the widely quoted "Cost of Laughing Index" -- a price index of the 16 leading humor indicators in America. The annual Index has been featured on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show and the front page of The Wall Street Journal. It is routinely picked up for April Fool's Day by wire services around the world.

A popular speaker at corporate and association meetings, Kushner is based in Sacramento, California. For more information, and lots of humor you can use in your next presentation, check out www.kushnergroup.com or www.museumofhumor.com.

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