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Based on her years of experience, Carol Kent has given us a book of rich insight and practical advice about public speaking. If you plan to teach a group of five or 50,000, read this book. These principles really work. -- Luci Swindoll, author and speaker

Carol's teaching is clearly focused on assisting fellow believers to be better communicators of the work of God in their lives. Speak up with Confidence will give you great encouragement and many practical helps in developing and sharpening your speaking ability. -- Dennis and Barbara Rainey, national directors of Campus Crusade for Christ's family ministry

Speak up with Confidence is a must read for people who are committed to Christ and want to communicate their faith with greater impact. -- Kathe Wunnenberg, executive director, Christian Business Women's Association

What a joy to read a how-to book that really addresses the how-to. Carol Kent has systematically covered the details that have made her an outstanding speaker. I am delighted to recommend this book to the throngs of people who yearn to speak up with confidence. -- Jeannette Clift George, actress, author, and national speaker

You will not find a more excellent communicator than Carol Kent. In Speak up with Confidence, she unselfishly shares her effective secrets with us. This is must reading whether you are a beginner or have been speaking for years. -- Ney Bailey, speaker, author, Campus Crusade for Christ --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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According to surveys, public speaking is ranked number one among people’s biggest fears. That’s higher than death!

One of the easiest ways to combat such fears is good preparation. With years of experience, popular author and speaker Carol Kent provides a step-by-step guide that will walk you through preparing and delivering any kind of message—from sharing your testimony or a devotional to leading a meeting or workshop.

You want your audience to pay attention to your message whether you speak to a crowd of thousands or to a classroom of ten. With this practical guide, you truly can speak up with confidence.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; Rev Upd edition (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600061443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600061448
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Carol Kent is a popular international public speaker best known for being dynamic, humorous, encouraging, and biblical. Founder of Speak Up With Confidence (a communications training seminar), Speak Up Speaker Services (a speakers bureau), and Speak Up for Hope (a prison ministry), Carol is an expert on public speaking, on writing, and on encouraging people to hold on to hope when life's circumstances turn out differently from their dreams.

Carol has spoken internationally in South Africa, Germany, Bulgaria, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Guatemala, Mexico, and Canada. She regularly appears on a wide variety of nationally syndicated radio and television broadcasts.

She entered the public eye with the story of her only son's imprisonment for murder, a journey she shared in the powerful book, When I Lay My Isaac Down. This painful experience has led Carol and her husband, Gene, down a long road of sacrifice and redemption.

Carol holds a master's degree in communication arts and a bachelor's degree in speech education. Her bestselling books include: A New Kind of Normal (starred review in Publishers Weekly), When I Lay My Isaac Down (winner of Christian Retailers Choice Award), Becoming a Woman of Influence, Mothers Have Angel Wings, Secret Longings of the Heart, Tame Your Fears, Speak Up With Confidence, and Detours, Tow Trucks, and Angels in Disguise (all NavPress). She has also co-written with Karen Lee-Thorp the Designed for Influence Bible Studies (six books in the series, NavPress). Carol was the co-author and general editor of the Kisses of Sunshine Series of five books (Zondervan). Her articles have been published in a wide variety of magazines and in on-line resources.

Her new book, Between a Rock and a Grace Place, will be released by Zondervan in October. This book is the ongoing story of her journey with her son and it includes riveting letters he wrote from behind the razor wire of a maximum security prison. It also addresses the felt needs of people who hurt, and instills a surprisingly new way of thinking, leaving readers irresistibly drawn to see God's astonishing "grace places" in the middle of their roadblocks.

To book Carol for speaking engagements, or for information on her itinerary, or go to www.CarolKent.org. Join Carol on Facebook, follow her on Twitter@carolkentspeaks, or read her blog on the above website.

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A must have for new speakers!
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Kent is very well organized and the material is well thought out.
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Now I have to work on eye contact!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 1999
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I read Carol's book before I met her at a retreat where she spoke. I can affirm that she is an exemplary speaker. She practices what she preaches. The book provided practical wisdom plus numorous asides on the art of communicating while still upholding the integrity of both the message and the message-giver. I've adapted many of her suggestions to my own speaking outreach.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harold's Wife on October 9, 2008
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Speak up with Confidence is just what my instructor ordered for our Christian Rhetoric class. After reading this book you will be glad to speak in front of any audience because you will know how and what to speak on. Speaking is more than just getting up to the podium and talking. You have to know your audience, know how to capture them, keep them and give them something to chew on later. I enjoyed reading this book and strongly suggest it to speakers from all walks of life. A person doesn't have to be from Harvard or Yale to speak in front of others. This book is for the intelligent as well as the silly. Somewhere in this book you will be able to relate to Carol Kent. This is also a good book for Pastors and their ministers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Efrem on October 12, 2009
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This is a wonderful book that will help anyone who has to publicly speak. Kent is very well organized and the material is well thought out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coleen H. Johnson on April 13, 2010
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I attended a Christian Writers Conference and was asked if I had a speaking ministry---to which I laughed. I didn't have a clue how to start a Speaking Ministry, nor was I sure that I really wanted that calling. As God confirmed that again and again, I bought Carole's book and studied it cover to cover. Carol's book is a wonderful example to anyone desiring to "Speak Up with Confidence". I especially loved the pages which can be copied, to help outline developing a speach!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Trull on March 6, 2013
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I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time. I'm about to teach a ladies group for the very first time at my church next month and having a shy, reserved personality, I was scared to death. I did a google search for a guide to teaching and this book came up. I read the first three chapters in no time. By chapter 3 I was scribbling 3 pages of notes and knew what I wanted to teach at the ladies meeting. I kept a notebook next to me the whole time I was reading this book and I now have about 20 pages of notes and helpful ideas.
In the first chapter Carol says what ever you do don't get up there and say this is the first time you've done this, or how nervous you are or how you haven't had much time to prepare for the lesson so bear with me. Before I got this book this was exactly how I envisioned my first few words being. Now thanks to Carol I have a great introduction, a great middle and a great ending that ties everything together! And I've learned how to dissect a scripture and get all the nuggets out of it. Though I'm still nervous about teaching a large group for the first time, I feel confidant in my content and subject matter. Now I have to work on eye contact!!
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By S. Grotzke on November 8, 2012
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Point: God can use anyone to impact others.

Path: Kent has divided her book into 6 parts with various chapters. She asks the questions: Can I Speak? How do I speak publicly? How should I deliver my talk? What count as topics? How do I organize them? How do I start?

Sources: Popular public speaking books and 20th century Christian writers.

Agreement: There was a good amount of helpful material. Geared at the average lay person in the church, I think they would benefit from this, specifically people who have no background in public speaking.
If you are planning on becoming the next Beth Moore, this book isn't meant to take you there. Kent wants you to be willing to speak out in your own context, where you are right now.

Betterment: I don't think this is a bad book. I think it has positive elements, however, it is not as complete as other public speaking books. It is more of a "this is how I got thrown into it and how I have survived" book. I would probably go to other public speaking books before this one.

Favorite Quote: "It is the same with men as with donkeys: whoever would hold them fast must first get a very good grip on their ears." (Russian Proverb)

It would be worth another read for several of the quotes and I would recommend parts of it it to someone who is terrified of speaking up.
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By Jeannine Zwiebel on December 21, 2012
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My desire is to share my testimony with ladies groups. This shows how to present your thoughts in an effective way. This has been bathed in prayer. A must read and guide for everyone....we are all called to share our testimony!
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