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From the Author

Glossophobia is the Fear of Public Speaking. The word comes from the Greek glōssa, meaning tongue, and phobos, fear or dread.  It's a word, not a disease, and it can be overcome.

The Bad News
This fear can negatively affect your personal and professional life.  Passing on opportunities to make presentations puts you behind others who accept that challenge.

We perceive really great speakers to be Experts. Perception is reality, and we prefer to work with Experts.  You do want to be perceived as an Expert!

Missed speaking opportunities are missed business opportunities and missed career opportunities.

People who regularly take and make speaking opportunities grow the perception they are Experts and grow their businesses and their careers

The Good News
There are proven ways to lessen the Fear of Public Speaking.

I wrote "No Sweat Public Speaking! to be the ultimate guide to Developing, Practicing and Delivering 'Knock Your Socks Off!' Presentations.

We look at the components, parts and elements of a Speech/Presentation.  I name them, explan them, and give examples.

The Fear of Public Speaking is addressed and a host of ideas are given for handling this.

Finally, a large number of presentation tips are provided that, when utilized, will WOW the audience.

My hope is that people who read the book will keep it as a reference and use it frequently to make their presentations - No Sweat!

From the Inside Flap

For the inspiration to write this book, I owe much to the many speakers who:
  • Don't write their own Introduction.
  • Write their own Introduction, but poorly so.
  • Don't have a Strong Opening to their Presentations.
  • Don't have great Content.
  • Have great Content, but don't Deliver it Well.
  • Take Questions after Closing their talk.
  • Have non-memorable Closings.
  • Deliver Nonverbal Communication that is not in sync with their Verbal Communication.
  • Who use line after line after line of bullet points in a slide presentation, and read each of them to their audience.
  • Who use slides with a font so small it can't be read.
  • Use props incorrectly.
  • Distribute handouts before they speak so the audience can read with the speaker, behind the speaker, and ahead of the speaker. 
  • Use "ahhs" and "errs" and other fillers when they should be pausing and making no sounds.

If it were not for having done many of these things myself, multiple times, and seeing so many others do the same, I might not have written this book.

It pains me that I didn't know better.  Many others don't know how to present their ideas.

I know there are tens of thousands of presentations, with great content for target audiences that were delivered in a way that made it almost impossible for the audience to understand and process the message.  The reason for this unfortunate fact is that the speaker didn't possess the presentation skills necessary to convey their message.  It's frustrating to the audience and the presenter.

I believe there are thousands of presentations, with superb content that would benefit specific audiences, yet have never been presented.  They've never been delivered because of the Fear of Public Speaking. This is unfortunate.  Their great information is never disseminated and a person's career is often held back because of this fear.

Presentation skills can be learned!

The Fear of Public Speaking can be overcome.

If fear or lack of skills is holding your back from reaching your goals, this book will help!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Fred Co. (February 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984396705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984396702
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By UberZeiger on March 18, 2013
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I was hoping this book would provide substantial insight and depth. I wanted more than I could find from short form blog posts and generic information on the web. I didn't get that.

It's a pretty basic framework for the different parts of a good speech, with a few trite examples for each. Some of the examples were painful. "Introductions: Have a special talent or skill, like playing an instrument? Include that in your introduction!" Really?!?

I was also hoping it would have great tips for helping me get over my fear of public speaking. Instead there are a few pages devoted to a list of 21 generic suggestions. Maybe the secret really is just "practice a lot," which is fine. But at least make a compelling case, not just list it as a bullet point then move onto the next boring tip of "arrive early."

With all that said, I did use the outline provided in the book and it was an effective one. I just could have gotten it from a blog post and skipped the cheesy filler.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael Burroughs on December 4, 2011
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Twenty years in the making, this wonderful book is fresh and powerful. If influencing others is a part of your role in life, this is the book for you. If you are a leader, communication is the medium of leadership, and this book is for you.

I once was responsible for effective presentation instruction at a US Army school for mid-career officers. How I wish I had been able to provide all of my students a copy of this book at the outset, but Fred Miller was not an author then. "No Sweat Public Speaking" demonstrates that there is never the final word written or spoken on any important topic. Fred Miller's book is the right book at the right time for a whole new generation of influencers rising through the ranks.

As an executive recruiter, I will be providing all new executives I place with a copy of this book.

If you are an MBA student, buy this book. If you are a PhD candidate who will one day be required to present your ideas to your peers (not to mention your students), read this book. If you are a sales professional, read this book. I could go on...just get and read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookZombie on August 16, 2013
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I took a few key nuggets from this book and will probably re-read and find more in time! I found the suggestions very helpful but it will take practice and effort to really see the benefits. I'm considering joining Toastmasters for more experience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Rohan - Rohan Business Group on March 27, 2011
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Fred Miller's new book No Sweat Public Speaking! is a real treasure.
It's a treasure..
...For those who just can't imagine getting up actually MAKING A SPEECH in front of everyone!
...For those who now understand that speaking can give their business career a boost.
...Even for more experienced speakers.

The book is chock full of steps to help readers develop confidence, find speech subjects, practice and give great speeches. The author writes in a comfortable, reader-friendly tone and walk-in-the-park pace. He guides readers through tips. He provides resources to help develop, practice and deliver speeches. Fred Miller knows his subject. The experience shows. He organized the book to be easy to use and understand. He convincingly shows us that good speaking skills can be learned, practiced and delivered. Most importantly, the book shows good speaking is not out of reach for readers. You'll enjoy the ride, too. Fred uses his coaching skills to not preach--but to engage his reader with sequential steps, real-life examples, success stories and a laugh or two to keep it entertaining, too.

The book is going to be a reference book for all speakers, too. Lots of tips, how-to checklists, mind-mapping and other tools will help the novice get started and the speaker in all of us finally find speaking success!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Corbett on July 27, 2013
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Fred Miller has outdone all other authors who have tried to create a basic manual needed for the development of effective speaking skills. In fact, companies should make this manual a required book for all of their managers. This book contains all of the basic and mandatory requirements for any public speaker who aspires to get their audience to pay attention and become engaged in his or her presentation. One of my favorite chapters in the book is often over looked in some books on public speaking; the chapter on nonverbal communications. On page 100, Fred outline the aspects of communication that don't require listening. He focuses on eye contact, facial expression, gestures, posture and body movement, and then breaks them all down with detailed instructions on how to further master the front of the room. This book should be the text book for all college courses on public speaking. In fact, I'm taking it with me to a meeting I have scheduled with an instructor of a public speaking course at a college in my area to introduce him to it. This is the bible of effective public speaking. Get it, read it, do it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RJ on May 1, 2013
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This book is essential for anyone wanting to become a better communicator or speaker.
Fred has a unique way of communicating, in a step by step process, everything from A-Z that is needed to become an effective speaker or communicator. As for as being a former Toastmaster, Fred not only talks the talk but walks the walk. He shares with his readers insight and things that took him years to learn. It was clear to me that he wrote this book to help someone improve their skills but also to avoid pitfalls and mistakes that shave years off the learning curve.
I believe this book is must for anyone desiring to become a better communicator and should be required reading for all public speakers.
Thanks for taking the time to share your wealth of knowledge in your book, "No Sweat Public Speaking!"

RJ Stratton
Speaker, Trainer, Coach on
Principles of Positive Thinking
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