Public Speaking Skills

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Copyright © 2010 LearningExpress, LLC. All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions. Published in the United States by LearningExpress, LLC, New York. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data: Public speaking success in 20 minutes a day. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN-13: 978-1-57685-746-5 ISBN-10: 1-57685-746-8 1. Public speaking. I. LearningExpress (Organization) II. Title: Public speaking success in twenty minutes a day. PN4129.15.P838 2010 808.5’1—dc22 2010010695 Printed in the United States of America 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 ISBN-13 978-1-57685-746-5 For more information or to place an order, contact LearningExpress at: 2 Rector Street 26th Floor New York, NY 10006 Or visit us at:

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Preparing to Speak Publicly Dealing with Anxiety Who Will Be in the Audience? Choosing a Topic What Will Be the Setting? Good Speaking Requires Good Listening Limited Attention Span External Distractions What’s Bugging You? The TMI Problem Make Eye Contact Spice Up Your Speech—Carefully When the Messenger Hinders the Message Pushing Their Buttons Organizing And Spicing Up Your Speech Using a Computer The Old-Fashioned Method Collecting Your Spice Doing Your Homework Taking Notes Using Personal Experience Interviewing Other People Using the Internet Responsibly Visiting the Library v

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The Major Types of Speeches Informative Speeches Demonstrative Speeches Persuasive Speeches Special Occasions Preparing an Outline Hit the Target Speech Body Parts Using Your Research Outlining from Your Notes Conclusion Body Building Selecting Your Main Points Adding Flesh Explaining the Significance of Your Sub-Points Arranging Your Sub-Points Writing and Rewriting Writing for Speaking, Not Reading End with a Bang Restate Your Thesis Summarize Your Major Points Provide Closure Call the Audience to Action Be Brief Concluding Our Examples Start with a Bang Keep the Audience’s Attention State Your Credendials Introduce Your Topic or Thesis Introduce Your Major Sub-Points Give Them a Reason to Listen Be Brief Introducing Our Examples Don’t Lose Your Place Reading from a Manuscript Memorizing a Pre-Written Speech Speaking Extemporaneously Impromptu Speeches

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Speaking Responsibly Tell the Truth Present All Sides to an Argument Do Not Plagiarize Empowering Your Speech Spoken Words versus Written Words Alliteration, Repetition, Sequence Metaphors and Similes Clichés Active Voice versus Passive Voice What to Avoid In the Eye of the Beholder Good Gooming Good Posture Eye Contact Gestures and Motion Control Your Voice Seeing Is Believing Objects Maps, Charts, Graphs Blackboards and Whiteboards Slides Overheads PowerPoint Handouts The Cardinal Rules for Visual Aids Avoiding Distractions Um. . . Ah. . . Like. . . You Know. . . See What I Mean? That Twitch Nervous Motion The Best Laid Plans Overcoming Anxiety The Fear of Fear Itself Pretend to Be Confident Take a Deep Breath Be...
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