By Sarah Lloyd-Hughes
Speaking in public can be fun – honestly!
Whatever the occasion, whatever the content, whatever the situation, this book will teach you everything you need to know to plan, prepare and deliver any speech or presentation and will give you the skills to deliver it with style, wit, charm and confidence.
Discover expert tips, tricks, tools and techniques that will help you build on skills and abilities you already have so you can stand up in front of any audience and really wow them.
Whether you’re looking for help in overcoming your fears and building your confidence, or whether you’re already quite good and want to polish your performance, this book will help you.
Anyone can learn to speak in public. This book will show you how even you can do it brilliantly.
I found this book easy to read, fun, and packed with all sorts of useful tips and strategies to make your public speaking shine. What I love about this book is that it’s not about ‘faking it’ as a speaker – the author encourages you to be yourself on stage and to let your passion for your subject show. Definitely my preferred approach to speaking.
A quick summary of each part:
Awareness – The first part starts with what you might consider the basics – how body language and vocal delivery affect your speaking. The angle here is that by becoming more aware of what your body and voice do whilst you’re speaking, you can choose to act in a more powerful way.
Empathy – looking at how you build rapport with your audience and understand their needs. I particularly liked the bit about different audience types you might come across and how to handle them (I’ve definitely seen a sniper or two!)
Freshness – how to add interest to what you say to make it more memorable. This is a useful checklist of all of the ways you might use visual aids, the words you say and interactive techniques to wow your audience.
Balance – how to create a decent structure in your speaking that people can make sense of – and that has some power behind it.
Fearlessness- this is my favourite part – it looks at how we become nervous about public speaking and what to do to overcome the fear. It’s packed with some really useful tools which I’ll definitely try out on my next bit of speaking.
Authenticity – another favourite bit of mine, this section shows you how you don’t have to pretend to be someone else to be a great public speaker.
All in all, a really handy read. The illustrations make it a very friendly and approachable book – it’s a good one to dip in and out of when you need a refresher.