Painless Presentations: The Proven, Stress-Free Way to Successful Public Speaking

Book description

A simple road map to the world of professional presentations

What happens when you're asked to give a speech, professionally or personally? If you get nervous, start sweating, and hope it's all just a bad dream then you aren't alone, but you need help. Painless Presentations proves that speaking doesn't have to be painful, or even stressful. A speech is a means to giving great, helpful material to an audience and the speaker is the vehicle to achieve that goal. This simple-to-read book guides those just beginning their journey into the world of speaking. Painless Presentations teaches the "Dozen Deadly Dangers" to avoid and much more.

  • Explains how to gather information and materials

  • Details the structure of a presentation

  • Describes uses of visual aids and vocal variety

  • Demonstrates how to handle questions

Painless Presentations offers wisdom derived from Lenny Laskowski's thirty-five-year speaking career, delivering more than 2,700 programs to clients in over 178 countries. It will give you no-sweat tips for delivering speeches that win over your audiences every time and teaches you that giving speeches doesn't have to be painful.

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Contents
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Chapter 1: The Seven Aspects of Speaking
    1. Aspect 1—The Speaker
    2. Aspect 2—The Message
    3. Aspect 3—The Audience
    4. Aspect 4—The Channel
    5. Aspect 5—The Feedback
    6. Aspect 6—The Noise
    7. Aspect 7—The Setting
  6. Chapter 2: Gathering Information and Materials
    1. Librarians
    2. Catalogs
    3. Periodicals
    4. Newspapers
    5. Reference Works
    6. The Internet
    7. What Visual Aids Will You Use during Your Presentation? Will You Use Any Visual Aids?
    8. Where Will You Stand during Your Presentation?
    9. Presentation Preparation as a Process
    10. Information Overload
    11. Using Videos and Music during Your Presentation
  7. Chapter 3: The Structure of a Presentation
    1. The Introduction
    2. The Body
    3. The Conclusion
    4. Monroe’s Motivated Sequence—Special Format for Sales Presentations
    5. The Dozen Deadly Dangers—Reasons for Poor Presentations
  8. Chapter 4: Use of Visual Aids
    1. Validity of the Data
    2. Use of Visual Aids
    3. Types of Visual Aids
    4. More about Using Visual Aids
    5. The Most Important Visual Aid
  9. Chapter 5: Learning Styles
    1. Visual or Spatial
    2. Auditory or Aural
    3. Verbal or Linguistic
    4. Physical or Kinesthetic
    5. Logical or Mathematical
    6. Social or Interpersonal
    7. Solitary or Intrapersonal
    8. Mixed Learning Styles
    9. Presentation Environment
    10. Myers-Briggs
  10. Chapter 6: Nonverbal Messages
    1. Gestures—Let Your Body Speak
    2. Performance Orientation versus Conversational Mode
    3. Types of Gestures
    4. Locations of Gestures
    5. How to Gesture Effectively
    6. Body Movement
  11. Chapter 7: How to Handle Questions
    1. Question-and-Answer Period
    2. The Five-Step Process for Answering Regular (Nondifficult) Questions
    3. Dealing with Difficult or Hostile Questions
  12. Chapter 8: The Effective Speech
    1. More on Preparation and Presentation
    2. Your Call to Action
  13. Index

Product information

  • Title: Painless Presentations: The Proven, Stress-Free Way to Successful Public Speaking
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: October 2012
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781118361771