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Speak Without Fear: A Total System for Becoming a Natural, Confident Communicator Paperback – March 15, 2005
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was clearly written and I found the material easy to follow. The author shared very valuable advice for a new speaker or a seasoned speaker as well.Published 4 months ago by Judith Quate
A very excellent book with great tips and instruction. I would recommend it to everyonePublished 10 months ago by Mindi Green
The author of this books is sincere and truthful. Follow the recommendations in this book and you'll notice a world of difference.Published 10 months ago by Frances G. Lubin
I think this book will help me with most of my stage fright issues and job interview worries. I felt like fate drew me to this book even though it was the last one on my... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Denis M.
Good book to learn about what you don't know when it comes to public speaking. Good for introduction to public speaking courses.Published on August 22, 2013 by Plow Man
Thank you for writing this book! Purchased this book to help me prepare for an upcoming presentation and found it to be extremely valuable. Read morePublished on November 27, 2011 by Tracey K.
Overly cheery and annoyingly trite examples. Few lasting messages and really stretches to make the 200pg mark. Buy another book.Published on October 25, 2011 by Lucho