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A Novice’s Guide to Speaking in Public: 10 Steps to Help You Succeed in Your Next Presentation... Without Years of Training! by Michael Faulkner

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3. Step 3: Prepare Immediately and Prepare for a Conversation, Not a Speech

It usually takes me more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech.

Mark Twain (Source: Facebook.com/authorstream)

The moment has arrived. You have been selected, picked, assigned, required, or otherwise found yourself in a position where you will be asked or required to stand up before a group of people and speak. This occurs more frequently for students than others, but almost everyone will face the situation in which you have to make a presentation or speech. Communication skills are seen by executives and hiring managers as the most sought after skill in new hires and as such are considered one of the most important career development skills.

Whether you ...

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