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Speak with Courage
First EditionMartin McDermott©2014
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Overcome your fears and rise above speech anxiety. Learn the right techniques to guide you through the entire speechmaking process with Speak with Courage. From getting started picking a topic to making the actual speech, the text helps you learn from the overall experience and build your confidence.
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Table of Contents
Speak with Courage Table of ContentsI. Opening VistasFear of Public Speaking is Commonplace Even the Famous Get Scared Great Fear Can Precede Great Growth Indulge Your Self-Interest Big Brother Isn’t Watching You All Survive, None Perish II. Basic StrategiesLet Fear Energize you Think of Public Speaking as a Conversation Prepare, Prepare, Prepare Ask for a Little Help Hold Dress Rehearsals Familiarize Yourself with the Speech Setting Have a Backup Plan Exercise Before Speaking Gain Performance Experience Get Some More Speech Training III. Cognitive StrategiesRethink How You Think about Speaking Focus on the Benefits of Presenting Fear Management, Not Extinction, is the Goal Take Baby Steps It’s All in Your Head Break the Boulder into Stepping Stones Fill in the Blanks with Sentence-Completion Exercises Demolish Fear with Implosion Therapy Try Gestalt Chairwork Shyness is Not a Crime Try the Talking Cure IV. Managing ContentFollow Your Bliss Your Voice Is Unique Choose Your Words Wisely Select Ideas that Support You Snap the Pieces into Place Familiarize, Don’t Memorize You Must Remember This Visual Aids Can Be an Ally Use Mental Rehearsal V. Stepping Onto the PodiumPeople Want You to Succeed Find Friendly Faces Be Audience-Centered Harmonize Your Voices Practice Deep Breathing Stay in the Moment Dress for Speaking Success Ignore this Second-rate Advice Turn the Tables, if Needed "Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead!" VI. Stepping Down & Looking BackGive Yourself Approval Gaze into the Magic Mirrors See the Tree, Not the Leaves Do Your Best and Let it Go VII. The Big PictureYou Just Might Change the World Dedicate Your Speech Why Fear Ghosts? Speak as a Spiritual Act 100 Years From Now, Will it Matter? Your Life is a Speech