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Engage and Inspire Your Audience

This guide focuses on the elements of speaking effectively from a design and a delivery perspective. It shows you how to engage, stimulate, and maintain an audience's attention.

Table of Contents
Part I - Getting Ready to be a Powerful Speaker
Chapter 1 - How Public Speaking Adds to Your Power
Chapter 2 - Break Through the Fear Barrier
Chapter 3 - Preparation: The Source of a Speaker's Power
Part II - How to Overcome the 6 Major Speaker Faults
Chapter 4 - Fault #1: An Unclear Purpose
Chapter 5 - Fault #2: Lack of Clear Organization and Leadership
Chapter 6 - Fault #3: Too Much Information
Chapter 7 - Fault #4: Not Enough Support for Your Ideas, Concepts, and Information
Chapter 8 - Fault #5: Monotonous Voice and Sloppy Speech
Chapter 9 - Fault #6: Not Meeting the Real Needs of Your Audience
Part III - Conquer the Trouble Spots: The Basics—Openings, Transitions, Conclusions, Questions and Answers, and Visual Aids
Chapter 10 - Starting on the Right Foot: Openings That Capture Your Audience
Chapter 11 - Bridging the Gap: Building Smooth Transitions
Chapter 12 - Finish with Style: The Importance of Powerful Conclusions
Chapter 13 - Professional Secrets of Question-and-Answer Sessions
Chapter 14 - Visual Aids: When a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Part IV - Master the Fine Points of Powerful Speaking
Chapter 15 - Power Language: Turn Everyday Words into Persuasion
Chapter 16 - Positive Body Language
Chapter 17 - Harness the Power of Humor
Chapter 18 - Stage Managing: Staying One Step Ahead of Murphy's Law
Part V - Special Speaking Situations
Chapter 19 - How to Handle the Media Like a Pro
Chapter 20 - How to be an Outstanding Audio- or Videoconference Leader
Chapter 21 - How to Read a Speech or Script Effectively, No Matter Who Wrote It
Chapter 22 - Ongoing Advancement: Use Meetings to Polish Your Public-Speaking Skills
Part VI - Success is Turning Knowledge into Positive Action. Keep Growing!
Chapter 23 - How to be Your Own Coach
Chapter 24 - Delivering with Style: Individually or with a Team
Chapter 25 - Your Final Source of Speaking Power
Index
List of Figures
List of Sidebars

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