Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Step 1: Think about Your Language and Keep It Simple 5 Chapter 2 Step 2: The Fear of Public Speaking Is Real-Embrace It and Use It 35 Chapter 3 Step 3: Prepare Immediately and Prepare for a Conversation, Not a Speech 63 Chapter 4 Step 4: Walk with Purpose to the Podium; Smile, Pause, Then Smile, Smile, Smile 99 Chapter 5 Step 5: Make and Keep Eye Contact with the Audience 105 Chapter 6 Step 6: Take Control of Your Speaking Space and Your Speaking 109 Chapter 7 Step 7: You'll Make Mistakes-Don't Apologize, Just Keep Going 127 Chapter 8 Step 8: Don't Worry-The Worst You Can Imagine Will Never Happen 135 Chapter 9 Step 9: The Last Thing You Do Is What Most People Will Remember-Do It Well 137 Chapter 10 Step 10: If Any of the First Nine Steps Seem Awkward, You Owe It to Yourself to Ignore Them 145 Index 147
Making a presentation or speech? Learn how to be a great presenter in just 10 easy steps: you'll be amazed how easy it can be! In this quick guide, Dr. Michael C. Faulkner shows how to deliver a really good speech or presentation the very next time you need to: one that will delight your audience and pleasantly surprise you. Faulkner shows how to keep it simple (and keep your audience happy); embrace your fear and make it work for you; stay conversational; stride to the podium with purpose; make and keep eye contact; take control of your speaking and space; sail smoothly past your mistakes; finish well; and stop worrying about bad things that won't happen. With this book and just a little practice, you'll be better than 90% of the presenters and speakers you'll ever hear and compete with. And that'll be enough to handle practically any speaking assignment you'll ever face.
Dr. Michael Lawrence Faulkner is the author or coauthor of 17 books. He is a professor at the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University and a former U.S. Marine. Michael spent 30 years in a variety of leadership and executive management positions with Fortune 500 firms and major nonprofit trade associations. He also helped run the family business before beginning his second career in academics more than ten years ago. Michael is a Rotary International Fellow and a member of MENSA. He holds a Silver Certification by the Toastmasters International and has won the Keller Master Teacher Award and the Silver Apple Award by the NYC Direct Marketing Association. In addition to his Ph.D., Michael has earned two master's degrees, one from NYU, and an MBA from NYIT.
"This is a remarkably insightful guide to giving successful presentations or speeches-something we all need help with, no matter our level of familiarity. Given Dr. Faulkner's 40+ years of presentation experience to C-level executives, I only wish that he had written this book first in his prolific career because I needed this advice ten years ago! So, don't hesitate to perfect your whole presentation-read it today!" -Kevin Noonan, Sr. Consultant, NBCUniversal "At some time in our lives, nearly all of us will be called upon to give a speech of some sort. Whether it be a wedding toast or a business presentation, a seminar or a eulogy, we all want to do a good job and not embarrass ourselves in the process. In A Novice's Guide to Speaking in Public, Michael Faulkner provides sensible, easy-to-follow guidelines on how to make sure that whatever presentation you might give will be interesting and effectively delivered. If you are an infrequent public speaker, this book is definitely for you. And, if you are an experienced presenter, you will find valuable tips to help you be even better. Bravo, Dr. Faulkner-finally a book on public speaking for the rest of us." -Steven Isaac, Former CEO, Forbes Education, and Founding CEO, Education Dynamics "Read this book. Dr. Faulkner is a dear friend of mine. He speaks. People listen." -Richard Vincent Kelly, NCW "'You need the right tools to do the right job' is a phrase we hear all too often. And as a master craftsman in his field, Michael Faulkner empties his toolbox of wisdom out for all to see. The ten things you will learn here will demand and command the attention of your audience. This book is a must-have for presenters and speech givers; period!" -Dan Barr, M.A., B.S. "Like he has in his other books, Dr. Faulkner is able to draw on his vast education, life experiences, and work history to create easy-to-understand and concise information on complex topics. Dr. Faulkner's books and teachings have helped me to better myself and strive for maximum potential out of a small start-up business." -Eliot Spindel "Bon voyage to the plague of public speaking! Dr. Faulkner is a prolific writer, meticulous researcher, and ardent pragmatist with a can-opener aptitude for dissecting and conquering problems. His academic, military, and corporate experience are here married to common sense. This book will transform the quality of your talks with strategies proven under fire." -Ken Boyer, English Professor (Retired), St. Louis Community College/FV "We often hear the quote 'begin with the end in mind,' and this couldn't be more relevant when it comes to public speaking. Dr. Faulkner does a great job of breaking down a presentation into ten easy steps in order to overcome and harness the fear that comes with public speaking. In the end, you'll walk away with tips to tactfully and successfully engage any audience!" -Kristine Lester, Marketing Manager in Higher Education field
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