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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: LeaderMetrix; 1st edition (September 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450727085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450727082
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Purpose-Centered Public Speaking: How to Develop and Deliver Purposeful Talks, Speeches, and Presentations with Less Fear and More Confidence

--LeaderMetrix, Inc.


"Purpose-Centered Public Speaking is enlightening, encouraging, offering great concepts and principles that can work in all aspects of our lives." -Maggie Williams, CFO, Catholic Charities, SSC -- Professional Leader

"Whether you are speaking for the first time or have a great deal of public speaking experience, this book is filled with grand advice." - Dr. Haddon Robinson, Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary -- Educator

From the Publisher

LeaderMetrix,Incorporated is pleased to have published this outstanding book, "Purpose Driven Public Speaking" by Dr.Gary Rodriguez. The response by readers has been nothing short of fantastic! The review below will reinforce this point.

What readers are saying about Dr. Gary Rodriguez's Purpose Driven Public Speaking.... "In Purpose Driven Public Speaking, Gary Rodriguez takes the fear out public speaking. Relating years of public speaking experiences, Gary provides a great game plan for you to become a fearless public speaker. His insights and wisdom will certainly make you a better public speaker. He will also make you a stronger communicator in all areas of your life." - Brent Jones, Former San Francisco 49er Tight End and Winner of Three Super Bowl Rings "Purpose Driven Public Speaking offers aspiring as well as active speakers valuable tips and techniques for improving their communication skills. In addition to the helpful instruction, you will also find this book highly entertaining. If you are a public speaker this is a book you should read." - Stephen G. Newberry, President & CEO Lam Research Corporation, Fremont "Don't just read this book. Digest and practice the principles recorded here, and soon you will find an increasing ease in communicating and a more favorable response from your listeners." - Wayne Cordeiro, Founding Pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship, Honolulu "This book is so much more than a 'how to' on public speaking! Rodriguez inspires the reader through compelling stories both deeply personal and at times universal. Anyone who wants to feel at ease in front of audiences will gain strength, encouragement and useful resources and tools on how to step into the spotlight and create rapport and connection with one's listeners." - Pamela Mclean, CEO, Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara "Whether you are speaking for the first time or have a great deal of public speaking experience, this book is filled with grand advice." - Dr. Haddon Robinson, Distinguished Professor of Preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton "Great book and a must read for new, as well as seasoned managers having difficulty with public speaking or just looking to hone their skills. Simplifies and lays out a format that guides you through the process of speaking to large groups or smaller defined audiences. The pointed real-life examples keep the reader engaged and interested from cover to cover." - A. Mark Walter, President, Christenson Electric, Inc., Portland "Dr. Rodriguez provides this guide for the novice public speaker and helps the reader to understand the skills necessary to present a great speech while also showing the many pitfalls that aspiring public speakers fall into. Developing one's own style is a very important aspect of public speaking and Dr. Rodriguez helps the reader to understand how to accomplish this. A thoroughly enjoyable read!" - Randy Hahn, San Jose Hockey Play-by-Play Announcer "Purpose Driven Public Speaking will inspire public speakers of any caliber. It offers practical tips to improve speeches and encourages those who fear it most. A must read for any person tackling public speaking!" - Kanoe Gibson. Miss Hawaii 2003 and first runner-up at Miss America 2004 "I found Dr. Rodriguez's book, Purpose Driven Public Speaking, a superb `how to' guide to public speaking. The book held my interest by using interesting real life examples and very practical tips that any speaker can learn from. It takes the mystery out of how to prepare and deliver a compelling speech with a purpose. Whether you are preparing for a talk at a family gathering or regularly find yourself in front of an audience at work, this book will help you deliver a focused message that hits home." - Bill Munger, Chief of Staff and Vice President of HR EnergyConnect, San Jose "Purpose Driven Public Speaking is a wonderful book for speakers and an enjoyable read. Written with warmth and humor, it is enlightening, encouraging, and refreshing, offering great concepts and principles that can work in all aspects of our lives." -Maggie Williams, Chief Administration and Finance Officer, Catholic Charities, SSC "Gary's systematic methods for public speaking are practical, easy to understand, and presented with relevant illustrations that will help anyone create a better presentation, whether you're a business leader or school teacher." - Steven J. McGriff, Ph.D., Instructional Technologist, Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA "This approach to public speaking is refreshing and insightful-- from the 4 vital questions to creating a purposeful talk with a strong introduction, pointed illustrations and action-oriented conclusion. This book will enable critical skills for anyone wanting to create a purposeful, practical and productive speech." - Martin Woodrow, President, Martin Consulting Solutions, Inc., San Jose "This book provides a solid foundation on the fundamentals of public speaking for those who only speak in public on occasion and a helpful refresher for those of us that speak to groups regularly. I highly recommend it." - Jeffrey J. Rodriguez, President, Brown & Riding Insurance Services, Inc., Los Angeles "Purpose Driven Public Speaking is a fun and engaging read, and Dr. Rodriguez does a nice job of humanizing the subject. He gets to the heart of the matter by offering actionable ways to feel more comfortable with public speaking. I now utilize his approach when I speak in front of groups, and I am finally starting to enjoy public speaking again." - Lynn Fischer, VP Sales and Marketing, Title 21 Software, Inc., Las Vegas "I can honestly say that I had an epiphany as I read your book that will benefit both my organization and me for the years to come. Your `Model Message' on Vision was not only convincing but it was also very timely." - Frank Velasquez, President and Managing Partner, Cornerstone Technologies, LLC., San Jose "What impresses me most about Purpose Driven Public Speaking is that the challenge of effective public speaking is made so simple, understandable, and doable. Gary Rodriguez gives practitioners' useful and pragmatic tools and techniques that they can immediately use for all contexts of speaking and presentations. This book gives me the tools and the confidence to greatly improve my own public speaking skills and effectiveness." - Thomas G. Peterson, Former Product Division General Manager, Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara


More About the Author

Dr. Gary Rodriguez is president of LeaderMetrix (LeaderMetrix.com), a consulting company that specializes in senior-level executive coaching, conflict resolution and mentoring public speakers. His extensive resume includes eighteen years as an executive in the radio business where he spent several years as one of the original managers of Infinity Broadcasting. He also served as Vice President of Mariner Communications where he had oversight of radio stations in Boston, Cincinnati, and Kansas City. He also managed stations in Jacksonville, Florida and San Jose, California, and was twice nominated as medium market manager of the year by the Bobby Poe report, a national media publication.

Having worked successfully as both a CEO and a President, Gary understands the issues and challenges facing today's leaders. He is uniquely qualified to partner with senior leaders in public, private, and non-profit organizations. He is also certified in coaching from Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara.

For over thirty-five years, Gary has spoken in public both nationally and internationally. He also coaches speakers and senior leaders in corporations, churches, and non-profit organizations. For his service in the U.S. Army while serving in Viet Nam, he was awarded the Silver Star for valor.

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The book had interesting real life examples and very practical tips.
William F. Munger
Written by Dr. Gary Rodriguez (LeaderMetrix), this book is part inspiration, part game plan.
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"Purpose Driven Public Speaking is a wonderful book for speakers and an enjoyable read.
Maggie Williams

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William F. Munger on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I found Dr. Rodriguez's book, Purpose Driven Public Speaking, a superb `how to' guide to public speaking. The book had interesting real life examples and very practical tips. It held my interest. It's not your typical business book. It takes the mystery out of how to prepare and deliver a compelling speech with a purpose. It is applicable to casual speeches like at family gathering or more formal speeches at work. I highly recomend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr JOY Madden on July 25, 2011
Format: Hardcover
'Purpose-Centered Public Speaking' by Dr. Gary Rodriguez states on the jacket cover - 'How to Develop and Deliver Purposeful Talks, Speeches, and Presentations with Less Fear and More Confidence'. This self development book review sheds light on how the book does this.

Purpose-Centered Public Speaking - WHY WAS THIS BOOK WRITTEN?

The author begins by explaining that the book is a glimpse into his life's story, celebrating his "continuing journey and ongoing development as a public speaker." The aim of the book appears to be two-fold:

1. To empower readers to improve their ability to speak in public.
2. To show a "simple, purposeful and systematic approach to public speaking."

Even though he has been involved in public speaking for nearly four decades, the author says his growth as a speaker is continually developing. To hear that even an experienced speaker is an eternal student of public speaking makes you realise just what an art this is.

Purpose-Centered Public Speaking - WHAT DOES IT COVER?

The author recounts personal stories throughout which makes you feel that he is speaking to you directly. His section on body language and how certain mannerisms enhance your talk would be particularly interesting to anyone giving presentations, talks or speeches, whatever field you are in.

The many public speaking tips include an interesting section on how to calculate the number of words needed in your talk for different time-slots. In the second half of the book he brings together the various tips and tools, and takes you through the development of a specific topic, from initial preparation to its concluding words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leo Castro on December 23, 2010
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Dr. Rodriguez's book is refreshing and very insightful. As somebody that is in front of an audience on a weekly basis (I am a minister), I find that this book is a great tool and it will help me refine my speaking abilities. I really liked chapter 5 in particular. This chapter impressed me so much that I am seriously considering switching techniques. I have used a certain technique for the past 8 years but after reading this chapter I was moved to consider something that makes more sense. The book is challenging (in a good way) since it foments you moving from what you are used to doing to doing what improves your ROI. I have suggested this book to a bunch of my friends with the same profession I have and I will continue to do so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly K. Rauser on December 1, 2010
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As frightening as it sounds, life is a progression of "public speaking" events. Dr. Gary Rodriquez's book is a valuable guide to build your confidence as you go through his clear and easy process for creating and delivering powerful presentations. This book is both practical and entertaining. Holly K. Rauser, Etiquette Coach
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rod Boucher on November 15, 2010
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As a grandparent, retired CEO, board member, angel investor, and insatiable book reader, I reviewed "Purpose Driven Public Speaking," with hope for new insights. I was richly rewarded with an easy reading, often personal, and useful presentation. Gary has captured a nice balance, leveraging his personal experience and excellent counsel. Most "how to" books are truly boring. This one is not. The reader, as a novice public speaker or experienced hand, should come away with improved capabilities to deliver great rewarding presentations. I have already recommended this book to many friends and I intend to purchase several more as gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Williams on October 28, 2010
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"Purpose Driven Public Speaking is a wonderful book for speakers and an enjoyable read. Written with warmth and humor, it is enlightening, encouraging, and refreshing, offering great concepts and principles that can work in all aspects of our lives."
-Maggie Williams, Chief Administration and Finance
Officer, Catholic Charities, SSC
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas G. Peterson on October 22, 2010
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What impresses me most about Purpose Driven Public Speaking
is that the challenge of effective public speaking is made so
simple, understandable, and doable. Gary Rodriguez gives practitioners'
useful and pragmatic tools and techniques that they can
immediately use for all contexts of speaking and presentations.
This book gives me the tools and the confidence to greatly improve
my own public speaking skills and effectiveness.
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I think everyone, even the most polished and practiced of public speakers, gets a little nervous before stepping up to speak in front of a group of people.

Overcoming the fear and trepidation that is associated with public speaking can be hard work. But I've recently come across a goldmine of wisdom and helpful direction that can bolster the skills of anyone needing to speak in front of a crowd.

Purpose-Centered Public Speaking is a treasure trove of insight and practical guidance. Written by Dr. Gary Rodriguez (LeaderMetrix), this book is part inspiration, part game plan. A good public speaker will have a couple of things working in his or her favor: great content and strong presentation skills. This book tackles both of those areas head on.

I speak all of the time and I was amazed at how much this book increased my confidence. Dr. Rodriguez walks the reader step-by-step from the strong emotions one feels to the strong ending one desires. This book is full of great examples and is well-illustrated from Dr. Rodriguez' own experiences. He doesn't offer a cookie-cutter process, but encourages the reader to work from his or her strengths. His process is more like a compass than a detailed map. With the temptation to try and "be" like other great speakers I know, I felt like this book gave me a better handle on being myself as I step up to the podium.

Purpose-Centered Public Speaking reminded me that every presentation is important and will need some key elements to be effective. Things like...

-Capturing the audience's attention
-Identifying and surfacing a need in the listener
-Being crystal-clear on your subject matter
-Pointing the listener to the desired outcome

The book is laid out in an orderly way.
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