From the Inside Flap
Why is a public speaker like an eager suitor? In this adroit guide to wooing your audience, James Wagstaffe explains how to get your message across by using techniques drawn from more personal encounters. Romancing the Room
identifies the most important elements of public speaking: making a great first impression, presenting thoughts and ideas with charm and clarity, and getting people to agree with and commit to your proposals. Wagstaffe, a highly successful trial attorney and public speaking expert, reveals the ingenious tricks of the trade employed by top-notch communicators, including:
* Establishing common ground with an audience
* Using visuals and stories to captivate even the most restless of listeners
* Avoiding filler words and distracting voice patterns
* Winning an audience with substance, not sound bites
Filled with anecdotes and sage advice and written in a witty yet authoritative tone, Romancing the Room
will help even novice speakers conquer podium fears, steady their voices, and convey informative messages like a pro.
About the Author
JAMES WAGSTAFFE a celebrated trial attorney, teaches Practical Speech Communications at Stanford University and is a regular columnist for the Los Angeles Daily Journal
and the San Francisco Daily Journal
. He lives in San Mateo, California.