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Our books on public speaking will help get your voice heard. The best books and guides on public speaking are full of tips that will boost your success and make your speech a success.

  • TED Talks

    Chris Anderson

    Product Code: AVXPR
    Paperback
    In the New York Times-bestselling Ted Talks Chris Anderson, head of TED, reveals the inside secrets of how to give a first-class presentation. Where books like Talk Like TED and TED Talks Storytelling whetted the appetite, here is the official TED guide to public speaking from the man who put TED talks on the world's stage. 'Nobody in the world better understands the art and science of public speaking than Chris Anderson. He is absolutely the best person to have written this book' Elizabeth Gilbert. Anderson shares his five key techniques to presentation success: Connection, Narration, Explanation, Persuasion and Revelation (plus the three to avoid). He also answers the most frequently asked questions about giving a talk, from 'What should I wear?' to 'How do I handle my nerves?'. Ted Talks is also full of presentation tips from such TED notable speakers as Sir Ken Robinson, Bill Gates, Mary Roach, Amy Cuddy, Elizabeth Gilbert, Dan Gilbert, Amanda Palmer, Matt Ridley and many more. This is a lively, fun read with great practical application from the man who knows what goes into a truly memorable speech. InTed Talks Anderson pulls back the TED curtain for anyone who wants to learn how to prepare an exceptional presentation.
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  • How to Own the Room

    Viv Groskop

    Product Code: BSXDO
    Hardback
    'Inspirational.' Mary Portas 'Indispensable ... written with style and wit.' Mishal Husain Most books about public speaking don't tell you what to do when you open your mouth and nothing comes out. And they don't tell you how to get over the anxiety about performance that most people naturally have. They don't tell you what to do in the moments when you are made, as a woman, to feel small. They don't tell you how to own the room. This book does. From the way Michelle Obama projects `happy high status', and the power of J.K.Rowling's understated speaking style, to Virginia Woolf's leisurely pacing and Oprah Winfrey's mastery of inner conviction, what is it that our heroines do to make us sit up and listen - really listen - to their every word? And how can you achieve that impact in your own life? Here's how.
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  • Goodbye Glossophobia

    Esther Stanhope

    Product Code: BZUHB
    Paperback
    "Can you believe standing on a stage in front of hundreds of people has become my comfort zone? It could be yours!" Once upon a time, Esther Stanhope was just like you. She was shaky, red-faced and stumbling on stage. Now she speaks to audiences all over the world - and it's her mission to help you say goodbye to glossophobia too. This book is for you if you...; hate having all the eyes on you; would rather stick pins in your eyes than speak in public; think `Oh ****' in the Q&A after a presentation; need to be more visible to build your career and your business; dread the thought of introducing yourself round the table (creeping death); need confidence to do it and help NOW!
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  • Grace Under Pressure

    Lisa Wentz

    Product Code: BXYJF
    Paperback
    According to most studies, public speaking is the number one fear among professionals. Most suffer from stage fright, lack of basic vocal training and/or lack of delivery technique. Such individuals seek tips and tricks in books, articles, and blogs, and assume that there's a fast and easy way for appearing eloquent and polished in front of an audience. However, these sources often fail to address the underlying issue of stage fright, and the same habitual responses to nervousness continue to plague the speaker. Grace Under Pressure solves this issue by unveiling three areas of training that great speakers use to develop their skills. In the first section, author Lisa Wentz shares techniques that she has developed to help anyone overcome inner obstacles so they can focus on developing their outward presence. The second section outlines how to best develop the physical aspects of speech, including posture, breathing, resonance, and articulation. And the third section centres on delivery: how to use pauses, word stress, and storytelling, among other techniques, to improve your performance from novice to master. This final section offers acting techniques and directorial advice that can be applied to speeches, pitches, presentations and meeting strategies.
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  • Five Stars

    Carmine Gallo

    Product Code: BPYDG
    Paperback
    How to get to master the art of persuasion-from the bestselling author of Talk Like Ted. Ideas don't sell themselves. As the forces of globalization, automation, and artificial intelligence combine to disrupt every field, having a good idea isn't good enough. Mastering the ancient art of persuasion is the key to standing out, getting ahead, and achieving greatness in the modern world. Communication is no longer a "soft" skill-it is the human edge that will make you unstoppable, irresistible, and irreplaceable-earning you that perfect rating, that fifth star. In Five Stars, Carmine Gallo, bestselling author of Talk Like TED, breaks down how to apply Aristotle's formula of persuasion to inspire contemporary audiences. As the nature of work changes, and technology carries things across the globe in a moment, communication skills become more valuable-not less. Gallo interviews neuroscientists, economists, historians, billionaires, and business leaders of companies like Google, Nike, and Airbnb to show first-hand how they use their words to captivate your imagination and ignite your dreams. In the knowledge age-the information economy-you are only as valuable as your ideas. Five Stars is a book to help you bridge the gap between mediocrity and exceptionality, and gain your competitive edge in the age of automation. In Five Stars, you will also learn: -The one skill billionaire Warren Buffett says will raise your value by 50 percent. -Why your job might fall into a category where 75 percent or more of your income relies on your ability to sell your idea. -How Airbnb's founders follow a classic 3-part formula shared by successful Hollywood movies. -Why you should speak in third-grade language to persuade adult listeners. -The one brain hack Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci, and Picasso used to unlock their best ideas.
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  • Speechmaking

    Susan Jones

    Product Code: BIZGC
    Paperback
    In a high-tech world, the speech is a low-tech tool of communication, but it remains as important a mode of persuasion and entertainment as it ever was. In "Speechmaking" Susan Jones distils a career of professional speechwriting experience - much of it for the highest levels of British government - to demonstrate how anyone can make the most of a speech, from political party leader to best man. With examples from more than 200 speeches by Gordon Brown, David Cameron, Tony Blair, Winston Churchill, Barack Obama, George Bush, the Clintons, Helen Mirren, the Queen and many others, she produces an essential guide for all who write and make speeches in politics and business - including how not to do it. This new edition, comprehensively revised, contains all that made the original indispensable, with yet more how-to sections, including presentations and party conferences. Unaccustomed or accustomed as you may be to speaking in public, don't begin a speech without this book.
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  • Great Speeches for Better Speaking

    Michael E Eidenmuller

    Product Code: BIVAY
    Other
    Learn the secrets of captivating an audience from the greatest orators of all time. What person faced with speaking in public wouldn't want some pointers from great speakers like John F. Kennedy or Ronald Reagan? Now you can. Michael E. Eidenmuller, founder of American- Rhetoric.com, outlines the six areas that are critical for making an impact with a speech - situation, content, structure, style, delivery, rhetorical strategies and tactics. He then shows the best uses of these elements in practice by featuring six great speeches on an audio CD. The unique combination of text and audio will help you understand what makes a particular speech memorable and inspiring and incorporate this knowledge into your own speeches. It features speeches by: Ronald Reagan; John F. Kennedy; Douglas MacArthur; Barbara Jordan; Edward Kennedy; and Mary Fisher.
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  • Public Speaking Confidence

    Glenn Harrold

    Product Code: BEUME
    Audio
    CD one "Become The Speaker You Know You Can Be!" is a 35-minute recording by Aly Harrold. This recording is full of tips and technical information to help you excel on your path to being an amazing Public Speaker. CD two by Glenn Harrold is a powerful hypnosis recording which will guide you into a deep state of mental and physical relaxation where you will receive hypnotic suggestions to help you deliver great speeches every time. This recording includes two hypnotherapy tracks, the first one you can use in the daytime as it will guide you back to full waking consciousness at the end. The second track is identical except that it guides you into a sleep state at the end, which makes it ideal for using before you go to sleep at night. Both tracks include tried and tested techniques to get you into a peak performance state when you actually make your speech. This recording will help you to overcome any nerves and make very effective public speeches every time. Glenn Harrold is a highly experienced clinical Hypnotherapist and best-selling author. His hypnosis CD and MP3 downloads have sold over 1,000,000 units worldwide. This title is number 30 from the highly successful Glenn Harrold hypnosis range which is well established as the UK's best selling self-help CD series.
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  • Confessions of a Public Speaker

    Scott Berkun

    Product Code: BENLV
    Paperback
    In this hilarious and highly practical book, author and professional speaker Scott Berkun reveals the techniques behind what great communicators do, and shows how anyone can learn to use them well. For managers and teachers -- and anyone else who talks and expects someone to listen -- Confessions of a Public Speaker provides an insider's perspective on how to effectively present ideas to anyone. It's a unique, entertaining, and instructional romp through the embarrassments and triumphs Scott has experienced over 15 years of speaking to crowds of all sizes. With lively lessons and surprising confessions, you'll get new insights into the art of persuasion -- as well as teaching, learning, and performance -- directly from a master of the trade. Highlights include: *Berkun's hard-won and simple philosophy, culled from years of lectures, teaching courses, and hours of appearances on NPR, MSNBC, and CNBC *Practical advice, including how to work a tough room, the science of not boring people, how to survive the attack of the butterflies, and what to do when things go wrong *The inside scoop on who earns $30,000 for a one-hour lecture and why *The worst -- and funniest -- disaster stories you've ever heard (plus countermoves you can use) Filled with humorous and illuminating stories of thrilling performances and real-life disasters, Confessions of a Public Speaker is inspirational, devastatingly honest, and a blast to read.
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  • Do You Talk Funny?

    David Nihill

    Product Code: ASOAK
    Paperback
    Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change. In what doesn't sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be a comedian called "Irish Dave" for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible. One part of the plan was at least logical: he was already Irish and already called Dave. In one year, David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand-up comedy and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. And he did it by learning from some of the best public speakers in the world: stand-up comedians. Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready. You'll learn how to: - Craft a story and content that your audience will want to listen to - Find the funniest parts of your material and how to get to them faster - Deal with stage fright - Master the two most important parts of your performance: timing and delivery Ten percent of the author's proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou via Help Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet and thereafter to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.
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  • How to be Brilliant at Public Speaking

    Sarah Lloyd-Hughes

    Product Code: APAMJ
    Paperback
    Speaking in public can be fun - honestly! Whatever the occasion, whatever the content, whatever the situation, this book will teach you everything you need to know to plan, prepare and deliver any speech or presentation and will give you the skills to deliver it with style, wit, charm and confidence. Discover expert tips, tricks, tools and techniques that will help you build on skills and abilities you already have so you can stand up in front of any audience and really wow them. Whether you're looking for help in overcoming your fears and building your confidence, or whether you're already quite good and want to polish your performance, this book will help you. Anyone can learn to speak in public. This book will show you how even you can do it brilliantly.
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  • Voice and Speaking Skills For Dummies

    Judy Apps

    Product Code: AEOMC
    Paperback
    Find your voice, and communicate with confidence. Ever wondered why nobody hears you in meetings, or wished people would take you more seriously? Or maybe you're unhappy with your accent, or you feel insecure about your high-pitched or monotonous voice? "Voice and Speaking Skills For Dummies" will help you to discover the power of your voice, understand how it works, and use your voice like a professional whether in meetings, addressing an audience, or standing in front of a classroom. Take a deep breath, relax those vocal cords, and make your speech sparkle! We're not all planning to become politicians, or likely to address large audiences on a regular basis, but we all need to be able to communicate well to achieve success. Certain professions require a high level of vocal confidence, notably teachers and business leaders. As well as using body language effectively, we also rely on our voice to convey passion, exude enthusiasm, and command attention - and that's before we've considered the content of our words! A clear understanding of how your voice works, how to maximize its effectiveness, and ways to overcome voice 'gremlins' such as speaking too fast, stuttering, or sounding childish, is pivotal to enabling you to succeed, whatever the situation. This book: highlights the importance of your voice, explains how to use it effectively; gives you confidence in public speaking; helps you use your voice to make a great first impression in all aspects of your life; and, includes a CD with vocal exercises to help you communicate with confidence. Whether you're looking to improve your speaking skills for work or personal gain - or both - "Voice and Speaking Skills For Dummies" gives you everything you need to find your voice and communicate with confidence.
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  • Talk Like TED

    Carmine Gallo

    Product Code: AJGOD
    Paperback
    TED talks have redefined the elements of a successful presentation and become the gold standard for public speaking around the world. TED and associated Tedx conferences are held in more than 130 countries and are being viewed at a rate of 1.5 million times a day. These are presentations that set the world on fire, and the techniques that top TED speakers use are the same ones that will make any presentation more dynamic, fire up any team, and give anyone the confidence to overcome their fear of public speaking. Communications coach and bestselling author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, Carmine Gallo has broken down the top TED talks and interviewed the most popular TED presenters as well as the top researchers in the fields of psychology communications to get their cutting-edge insights and to reveal the 9 secrets of all successful TED presentations. From 'Unleashing the Master Within' and 'Delivering Jaw Dropping Moments' to 'Sticking to the 18-minute Rule' Gallo provides a step-by-step method that makes it possible for anyone to create, design, and deliver a TED-style presentation that is engaging, persuasive, and memorable. Ideas are the true currency of the 21st century, and Carmine Gallo's Talk Like TED gives readers a way to create presentations around the ideas that matter most to them, presentations that will energize their audiences to spread those ideas, launch new initiatives, and reach their highest goals.
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  • Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking

    John Seely

    Product Code: AHYUO
    Paperback
    The Oxford Guide to Effective Writing and Speaking is the essential guide for everyone who needs to communicate in clear and effective English, both written and spoken. John Seely looks at the key factors to consider in tailoring your material so that you get your message across, such as understanding the demands of particular audiences, subjects, and situations. Clearly organized, the book is arranged in four sections: A Communicating in everyday life - covers a wide range of communications including writing emails to giving presentations and preparing reports. B Getting your message across - focuses on important factors such as the audience, the subject, time, and purpose. C Communication tools - offers advice on grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and punctuation to ensure that communication is accurate as well as appropriate. D The process of writing - looks at what's involved in writing longer pieces, including planning and drafting, research, summaries, editing, and presentation. Full of practical guidance, this book also includes helpful 'You Try' sections and 'guidelines' to practise and reinforce what you've learnt. The answers to the exercises in the 'You Try' sections can be found at the back of the book. This is the most comprehensive guide to using English for effective communication available; it covers an unrivalled range of situations and requirements, making it ideal for use at work, at school and university, or at home.
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  • What to Say When...You're Dying on the Platform

    Lilly Walters

    Product Code: AHJCV
    Paperback
    A heckler is in the audience; the overhead projector breaks; the allotted speech time runs out - these are just some of the panic-producing crises, interruptions, or distractions easily dealt with in this first-aid guide for business speakers. Here, first-timers and experienced pros alike will find everything they need to organize, write, and deliver effective, entertaining speeches - from installations to toasts and roasts. The guide pinpoints every possible speaking contingency - from failed electricity to a bored audience - and for each one tells how to prevent it, what to do about it, and what to say about it. Its treasury of witty, off-the-cuff lines and audience participation devices helps speakers access the perfect words to cover any situation and captivate any audience.
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  • Power Presentation

    Patsy Rodenburg

    Product Code: ADBQL
    Paperback
    Patsy Rodenburg is the leading acting coach in the UK (she has worked with Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Ian McKellen and Cate Blanchett). Patsy has discovered the principles of speech in theatre apply extremely effectively when transferred into the workplace. Do you want to be more persuasive? Do you want to enthuse and inpsire and feel good whenever you present or speak in public? This practical programme will make you as effective as Judi Dench is on screen in every meeting, pitch and conversation in person or on the phone. You will learn how to impress your boss without being overbearing, connect with people if you are introvert and you will have true confidence in all your communication. There are practical exercises and example throughout and Patsy's results are amazing.
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