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"In "Speak Without Fear, Ivy Naistadt provides you with very powerful and practical tools to express your deepest, most genuine voice as you powerfully connect with your audience. I highly recommend this book!"

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Ivy Naistadt has been helping business professionals and others communicate more effectively through seminars and one-on-one consultations for 15 years. Her diverse client list includes senior management from such leading corporations as The New York Times, IBM, Kodak, Hershey, and Pitney Bowes as well as universities and private schools throughout the Northeast. A member of the National Speaker’s Association and American Society for Training and Development, she lives in New York.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (March 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060524499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060524494
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #662,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Speak Without Fear is one of the most insightful and meaningful books into the cause of fear, that I have ever read. This book is amazingly clear and understandable. The author has drawn upon her several years of life and professional experience to identify, and actually solve the reasons behind stagefright and lack of self-confidence. This magical book is for everyone. Anyone who is afraid to speak in public, or who has a poor self image, or who has confidence problems and doesn't understand why, will be helped tremendously. I think this book will also be especially useful to artists (musicians, comedians, singers, actors, etc.)who want to perform or speak in public, but lack the courage and self belief necessary to achieve success.
The book is designed in two parts, which is very appropriate because the first part explains the "why" behind the mystery of fear, while the second part actually shows you how to become a natural, professional performer. The book reveals an uncomplicated and effective approach to solving one of life's most crippling conditions: fear.
The author, Ivy Naistadt, is obviously an expert in understanding, and conveying how fear gets into your mind in the first place. It comes in the way of "transmitters", the people you have been in close contact with all your life. She also identifies "The Six Dreadly Fears" and she shows you how to clear them out of your life once and for all! There are simple step by step instructions that teach you how to identify the source of your fears. This, I thought, was the most important part of the book because what I found out about myself, were things that I never thought of before, or maybe blocked out. The book's methods actually work. Once you know where your fears come from, you naturally become empowered to get rid of them.
Finally, one of the BEST things about the book is it's kindness. You will feel like a human being again after reading it.
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This is a very strong tool for those looking to improve their public speaking skills. The author is evidently very experienced in this area, and she offers very valuable insights into the tools, tricks and methods of success in her profession.
One thing I did not like about this book, is that the author continually tries to connect a speaker's anxiety or poor performance to some traumatic episode that occurred in their childhood. For example, a business executive who, as a child had his parents continually remind him that kids "are to be seen and not heard" had trouble being confident and articulate in front of an audience. This is great for those who have such experiences, but leaves many of us out in the cold.
I have had no such traumatic experiences, but still get anxious before and during a presentation. Although this "natural anxiety" is not covered in much detail, the author does do a good job explaining how to channel the anxiety into a productive energy, and she does well explaining the importance of rehearsing before presenting.
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Great book. The thing I really like about this book is that it helps the reader identify all the reasons for why we all get nervous and gives us a blueprint for getting past them and/or working through them. The nervousness profiles are terrific - I had a presentation a few weeks ago and normally I just "wing it" but this time I realized I didn't know the material as deeply as usual and it was pretty technical. I had a bad experience presenting a few years ago under similar circumstances so I started getting nervous and dreading it. I used the profiles to narrow down my type, followed the recommendations and it worked! The methods for preparing and organizing are first rate and there's a gold mine of tips of all kinds. The author's real world experiences are often amusing and those of her clients are insightful. The book has a delightful tone that keeps it light and easy even when uncomfortable topics are discussed. As a senior manager, my responsibility is to guide others to improve and I'm recommending it to my team. I think just about anyone who speaks or gives presentations could benefit greatly by reading this.
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Format: Hardcover
I've never written a book review before, but I just finished Speak Without Fear and I wanted to let others know if you've got any fear of speaking in public - THIS is the book to read. I found it to be an enormous help in breaking down why I have and how I can overcome my fear of public speaking. Ms. Naistadt obviously has a great deal of experience in helping others conquer this fear. I was personally encouraged by the examples she gives of people she's worked with, especially those in the corporate world. Her descriptions of their problems really hit home. And her own anecdotes working as an actress and public speaker made me laugh - alot! The book moves from defining the various fears of speaking (and why we might have them) to describing, very specifically, how to break down and prepare a speech as well as give one. And it does this with humor, insight and obvious expertise. (Her "Fearbusters" alone are worth the price.) I'm glad she wrote it - and grateful I found it!
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This book is right on. When you read it you connect with it, no matter what type of speaking or presentations you do or what size groups you are in front of I believe this will help. I will be giving this book as a gift to a number of people I know who can use the suggestions Ivy makes. I have read many other business self-help books but this is the first that is so clear and concise and actually fun that you feel you can change what you're doing immediately. Ivy's friendly style and personal examples makes you think you've known her for many years.
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