- 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: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 146 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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I reviewed several books before settling on this one. This book was easily devoured by the students. It was insightful with good advice, yet did not have the boring flavor of an academic text. It contained humorous anecdotes and personal illustrations the students could relate to. Thus, they enjoyed reading it and by reading it were able to apply the lessons it taught. I am using this book again for my next term of public speaking classes.
I think this book is applicable to many different settings. I find it very suitable for academic instruction but I also think it would be equally suitable in less formal settings (i.e. in-house company training or personal enrichment).
I am a college professor who teaches public speaking and FINALLY found a book that speaks to college students as well as myself.
I have required this book not only for my public speaking classes, but ALL of my classes where giving presentations is required.
If influencing others is a part of your role in life, this is the book for you. If you are a leader, communication is imperative to leadership; this is YOUR book!