Effective Speaking provides the hard scientific information about audience psychology, text preparation, presentation methods, voice production, body language and persuasive advocacy which will help would-be speakers improve their performance. The emphasis throughout is on practical self-help, on methods which have been shown to work, with clear explanations of just why they are effective.
Table of Contents
Communicating in speech. The audience. Selecting, planning and arranging the material. Starting, carrying-on, and ending. Making notes. Coping with nerves: the credibility problem. Timing and bad timing. Intonation and variety. Non-verbal communication. Arranging the physical environment for a talk. Visual aids. Persuasive advocacy. Question time: leading a group discussion and answering questions. Conclusion. A specialist bibliography. Index.
'A book for almost everyone who has to stand up and speak in front of an audience...' - The Book Exchange
'A thoroughly practical guide for speakers of all kinds which should enable them to gain a significant improvement in their ability to communicate via the spoken word.' - ASLIB Book List
'A clear and straightforward approach...eminently readable.' - Teaching English
'A stimulating handbook for managers and others.' - British Business