The Complete Idiot's Guide to Public Speaking

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You're no idiot, of course. You can hold your own in water cooler conversation, are the life of the party at get-togethers, and have no problem firing a quick comeback at your smart-alecky friends. But when it comes to standing onstage in front of a group of people, you feel like you're the one in your underwear—not the audience.

Don't hide behind the lectern just yet. The Complete Idiot's Guide‚ to Public Speaking, Second Edition, helps you feel confident and build the skills you need to deliver winning speeches and presentation. In this completely revised and updated Complete Idiot's Guide‚, you'll find:

--Professional guidance on identifying your audience and adapting to the situation.

--Expert advice on effective wardrobe and body language.

--Useful pointers on how to tell jokes.

--Valuable tips on handling hecklers and negative audiences.

--Cutting edge information on using Powerpoint and other visual aids.

 

 

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Contents

What Fresh Hell Is This?
3
Fright
11
All the Worlds a Stage
21
Do You Hear What I hear?
31
Common Communication Problems
39
Its All in the Planning
47
Fun with SPAM
49
Getting to Know You Audience Analysis
57
Informational Speeches
195
Persuasive Speeches
203
Entertaining Speeches
215
Speaking OfftheCuff
229
Debate and Parliamentary Procedure
239
Master of Your Domain
253
A Thousand Words Visual Aids
255
Preparing and Using Visual Aids
263

Types of Speeches
67
Hear Ye Hear Ye Speaking to Inform
77
My Way or the Highway Speaking to Persuade
87
The Life of the Party Speaking to Entertain
99
Writing Your Speech
107
Whose Speech Is It Anyway? Speech Style
109
Getting Organized
121
Time to Outline
131
Start at the Very Beginning A Very Good Place to Start
141
Body Building
153
Are We There Yet? Conclusions Revisions and Titles
165
Ever Hear the One About? Using Humor
173
Taking the Show on the Road Multicultural Concerns and International Speeches
181
Take It On Home Tackling Specific Kinds of Speeches
193
Byte Me Using PowerPoint
275
Smashing the Sound Barrier
281
An Ounce of Prevention Rehearsing
291
Let Me Hear Your Body Talk Body Language
299
Dress and Grooming
309
The Moment of Truth
317
Delivery
319
Last Licks
327
Word Power Glossary
333
Appendix B
337
Appendix C
347
Index
349
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About the author (1999)

Dr. Laurie E. Rozakis has published dozens of books, including Shaum's Quick Guide to Writing Research Papers, Study Skills for the Utterly Confused, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Grammar and Style. She is a full professor of English and humanities at State University of New York at Farmingdale, and has taught English and research skills for more than 15 years.

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