Chapter Ten

Focus on public speaking

It is a cliché that most of us would rather be the subject of a eulogy than the person giving it. It is not true, but it is true that few people have both a real talent for speaking to an audience and the confidence to do it. Yet those who do appear to have a talent use a range of techniques that anyone can follow, to become confident, capable and influential when speaking in public.

This chapter is for anyone who needs to speak in front of an audience, whether at a sales meeting, a professional business presentation or an after-dinner speech. It will show you the techniques that speakers have honed and used over many centuries to ensure that their audiences listen.

The five parts of speaking

The great ...

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