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PUBLIC SPEAKING SUCCESS IN 20 MINUTES A DAY
The content in this book has been reviewed and updated by the LearningExpress Team in 2020.
CONTENTS INTRODUCTION ix LESSON 1 1 7 LESSON 2 11 12 12 13 13 LESSON 3 LESSON 4 Preparing to Speak Publicly Good Speaking Requires Good Listening Organizing And Spicing Up Your Speech Doing Your Homework v The Major Types of Speeches Preparing an Outline Body Building LESSON 5 LESSON 6 LESSON 7
vi CONTENTS 37 LESSON 8 64 64 65 65 65 LESSON 9 69 70 70 71 71 72 LESSON 10 76 77 End with a Bang Start with a Bang Don’t Lose Your Place 79 Speaking Responsibly Empowering Your Speech In the Eye of the Beholder Seeing Is Believing Avoiding Distractions Overcoming Anxiety LESSON 11 LESSON 12 LESSON 13 LESSON 14 LESSON 15 LESSON 16 Practice, Practice, Practice! What Comes Next? Common Speech Situations Learning from the Pros LESSON 17 LESSON 18 LESSON 19 LESSON 20 APPENDIX GLOSSARY
INTRODUCTION P ublic speaking is a vital skill in any area of success. If you are a student, speaking well in public will enable you to explain your ideas and persuade others to your opinions. If you are pursuing a career—in virtu- ally any feld—good speaking skills will enable you to advance far more quickly than your peers. Perhaps you feel that you’re not a gifted speaker, that public speakers are born and not created. But the truth is that you speak publicly all the time; whenever you gather with a group of friends or answer a question in class or explain something to coworkers, you are speaking publicly. Speaking well is a skill, and no skill is gained with- out practice. This book will help you increase your skills as a public speaker. Over the course of the next 20 lessons, you will learn how to be a good listener, analyze your audience, do research, organize your thoughts and notes, prepare an outline, and craft a memorable speech. You will also learn how to use stage fright to your advantage, how to control the audience’s responses, how to use visual aids, how to use language, and much more! Use the lined pages in the back of the book to take important notes as you make your way through the lessons. Each lesson also presents exercises that will help you hone what you’ve learned, one step at a time. The fnal lesson presents the texts of several famous speeches so that you can read for yourself how to craft a great speech. All types of speeches are covered: speeches to persuade, to demonstrate, to inform, and to honor special occasions. With this book, some practice, and just 20 minutes a day, you can become a skillful public speaker! ix
L E S S O N 1 PREPARING TO SPEAK PUBLICLY Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense. —Ralph Waldo Emerson , 1803–1882 LESSON SUMMARY In this lesson, we will consider the most important element of your upcoming speech: the audience. We will also consider several other factors, such as the setting where you’ll be speaking. B

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