Let's face it, you can never become a master public speaker by reading books
alone. There are only two things you can do to become a master - and take this
from someone who after years of training is finally on the right track - first,
find a good personal coach (you may be able to write off the cost; check with
IRS), and second, practice and do so in real settings, not just in front of
your bathroom mirror!
That said, this book can help you get started if the thought of public speaking
makes you hungry for two Big Macs, i.e., makes you nervous. The chapters are
laid out nicely, guiding you through the various components of giving a speech
as well as techniques on how to control your emotions. What I found most
beneficial was the part on preparation. I was always too lazy to prepare and
my instinct was to improvise, but this book showed me how to overcome that
tendency and think about what I was going to say.
In all earnest, you don't need to read this book or any other book to become
proficient in public speaking, but if a book helps you calm down and gather
your courage, this book should be on your shelf.
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