This book is for anyone who is, from time to time, asked to deliver a talk, to share a devotion, or to make an announcement at a social gathering or a sports club. It is for those who deliver training sessions, sermons, openings, or inspirational talks at conferences or events.
It is for those of you who have a passion about a topic and who want to inspire and touch people’s hearts with a life-changing, powerful message. It is for those who need to inform, convince, persuade into action, or educate through public speaking.
This book is for people who may not have the time or the opportunity to attend workshops, yet still want to be effective public speakers.
In Chapter 1, I discuss 10 methods that will make you a popular speaker.
In Chapter 2, I explain how to prepare for your speaking assignment, i.e., knowledge about the occasion, about the content of your talk, and about your audience.
Chapter 3 takes you through the 5 steps on how to develop powerful talks.
Chapter 4 shows you how to prepare an attention-catching introduction and an effective, satisfying closing.
Chapter 5 explains how to use notes during public speaking.
Chapter 6 discusses the secrets of body language, with an easy-to-remember acronym.
Chapter 7 shows you how to deal with stage fright.
Chapter 8 teaches you how to make language come to life and how to speak fluently.
Chapter 9 provides tips for good time management for talks.
Chapter 10 deals with the professional use of visual aids, and white boards flipcharts, chalkboards and whiteboards, and other props.
Chapter 11 teaches you all you need to know about developing an effective speaking voice, and it guides you through exercises for developing your best voice ever.
In Chapter 12, I take you through the steps of developing a talk, incorporating all the knowledge you have gained from the preceding chapters.
There are many checklists inside the book, but on most readers you wouldn't be able to check them right on the screen. Therefore I made a PDF containing all checklists for you to download and print.
Use these audio files in conjunction with the information you read in chapter 12 (the 5 most common speech bumps) of my book:
These audio files contain narrated voice-demonstrations of the 5 most common speech bumps or errors, as described in Chapter 12. As you read about each of the 5 speech bumps, play the corresponding audio file for a dynamic demonstration of what each error sounds like, when spoken.