Speaking in public can put fear in the bravest of people. Known as glossophobia, symptoms of speech anxiety can be physically debilitating and affects as many as 75% of people. Despite this, there are many demands on us to speak in public – at work, social and special events, family occasions, celebrations and ceremonies. When asked to give a speech, it’s important not to panic – there is help about and 808.5 is a good start for some great oratory tips!
Part of the Life Skills series, Panic-free presentations by Greg & Elisa Paulk, is aimed at younger would-be orators, and provides practical tips and a stepped guide for presenting to an audience. Although the book approaches the topic from a student’s perspective, the layout, coupled with clear simple text and easy pace, makes it a useful entry-level introduction to the topic of public speaking.
According to Stand, speak, deliver! by Vaughan Evans, ‘conquering the fear’ of public speaking involves ‘feeding like PACman’, that is, Practising (at every opportunity); Attracting (by engaging with the audience); and Chilling (taking your time). Evans aims to give readers the essentials of public speaking from the perspective of an experienced Toastmaster. The book is divided into five parts, which can be categorized as preparing, structuring, delivering, speaking and presenting. It is designed to both instruct and entertain, and includes sample speeches and notes in seven Appendices.
While many may focus on the fear associated with public speaking, key to successful speaking is focusing on the message, be it a wedding speech, a thank you, a lecture or a pitch for funding. What’s your message : public speaking with twice the impact, using half the effort by Cam Barber is based on the premise that all other titles on public speaking work on the ‘performance of the act of speaking’, rather than the reason we speak in public. He argues that this approach adds unnecessary pressure to speakers, forcing them to be what they are not. By focusing on the message, Barber asserts speakers can be more relaxed and therefore more engaging, improving their communication. The book is structured into two parts – The Power of Messaging with examples from great leaders, public figures and company CEOs; and The Vivid Method for Public Speaking which demonstrates a 3-part method to prepare and deliver speeches.
You can sample the e-book here: Whats-Your-Message-Public-Speaking-ebook
There is the perception that there is a gender divide in what is considered great examples of public speaking, and certainly, a quick look at ‘famous speeches’ through history, will return a male dominated result. In Speaking out : a 21st-century handbook for women & girls , Tara Moss gives practical, easy to follow advice to women and girls on speaking out and negotiating public spaces. With a particular focus on social media and online safety, she offers tips on how to research, form arguments, find support and handle criticism. Moss argues convincingly about the importance of making the voices of women and girls heard. She notes: ‘to speak is to be human… our voices connect us… and… all voices matter’.
You can read an extract on the topic, from Moss’s website here: taramoss.com
TED talks : the official TED guide to public speaking by Chris Anderson, head of TED, reveals the inside secrets of how to give a first-class presentation in this official TED guide to public speaking. Anderson shares key techniques for presentation success in the 5 sections of the book; (Foundation, Talk Tools, Preparation Process, On Stage, Reflection). Topics discussed in these sections include connection, narration, persuasion and revelation. Anderson also answers the most frequently asked questions about giving a talk, from ‘what to wear’ and to ‘how to handle nerves’. TED Talks includes tips from key speakers such as Bill Gates, Mary Roach and Matt Ridley. An easy, engaging, instructive read on the art of public speaking.
This week’s Preschool Storytime theme is NIGHT ANIMALS
Join us tomorrow at Evanston Gardens Library at 10.15 and enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a simple craft to take home. No need to book, just come along and join in the fun!
Monday: Start-up Monday – Friends of Para Wirra at 10.30am
Tuesday: Craft-it 3.30pm
Thursday: Children’s Storytime 10.15am and Micro:bit Club 3.45pm