For many of us, public speaking is at best a chore marked by great anxiety and at worst a potential career stopper. Ours is a time when the ability to communicate in front of individuals or groups in all types of business and other situations is becoming paramount. Speak Without Fear offers a unique, practical process for combating the stage fright that plagues us every day in these situations.
Unlike other books on public speaking, Speak Without Fear goes beyond the external techniques, such as how to breathe properly and keep eye contact, to delve deeply into the reason for your performance anxiety. It gets to the root of what's giving you the sweats so you can identify what's in the way and work through it to communicate naturally and comfortably before audiences of any size.
Ivy Naistadt's easy-to-follow, step-by-step program will help you:
Identify the degree and type of your nervousness Pinpoint the incidents and issues that, directly or indirectly, cause you fear and loathing in the spotlightDevelop and master a technique for over-coming your anxiety that's adaptable to your level of experience and needUse your new skills to shine in a variety of situations -- whether speech making, interviewing, auditioning, or presenting
No matter how anxious you are about going before an audience -- any audience, whether it's 1 or 1,000 -- Speak Without Fear will give you the tools to speak powerfully and persuasively.
In this approachable how-to book, a former actor turned professional speaker lays out a path to confident public speaking, an asset that she says has become increasingly valuable in today's business environment. Divided into two parts, the book first seeks to determine (and diminish) a person's level of anxiety; then, it guides readers through tips and exercises that should help them learn to address an audience comfortably. Naistadt believes that the presentation of a natural,"authentic" self is the key to successful public speaking and that stage fright, which she defines as"a crippling form of anxiety that stops us in our tracks," is usually what prevents people from being themselves when they're behind the podium. The book helps readers deal with those issues that cause stage fright, such as fear of embarrassment or bad past experiences. Suggestions for overcoming public speaking paralysis include simple breathing exercises, maintaining good posture, clearly defining the objective of the speech, studying the subject matter and, most important, rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing. Though none of this information is ground-breaking, Naistadt's anecdotal tales of her own experiences as an actor who struggled with inhibitions and anxiety, as well as her tales of clients and their public speaking travails, give this manual a friendly, conversational tone that should appeal to any person facing a big presentation, whether it's a high school senior planning for college interviews or a high-level employee making a year-end report.