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Speak Up!

 

Helpful Tips for Business People

who Need to Speak in Public

 

By: T. James Cook, CA

 

 

 

 

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE

OF GOOD ORAL COMMUNICATION

Canadian Chartered Accountant, Jim Cook, helps business people improve their speaking skills and become good oral communicators. His book includes an assessment of present skills together with practice sessions.

The objective of Jimís book is to help you become committed to the ideal of speaking excellence through an appreciation of the benefits.

The ability to communicate verbally will be one of the most important skills you will need in the 21st Century. Better speaking skills will lead you to more responsibility, authority, and material benefits. Confidence in your speaking skills will result in reduced stress levels when you know that you are going to have to speak, or when you are in a potential speaking situation.

Jimís book will help you to appreciate the advantages of becoming a better public speaker in your workplace, your community activities, and in your social interactions. Ideas that are well articulated are always given more weight and, as their proponent, you will become more successful.



CONTENTS

Section I

The Importance of Good Oral Communication

Assessment of Present Skill Level

Overcoming the Fear of Public Speaking

Practice Session

Basic Speaking Skills

a) Eye Contact

b) Gestures, Body Language

c) Vocal Variety

Common Speaking Errors

Practice Session

 

Section II

Evaluation Techniques

Organization of Your Presentation

Impromptu Speaking

Practice Session

 

Section III

Audience Analysis

Use of Notes

Visual Aids

Putting Humor Into Your Presentation

Practice Session

 

Session IV

Special Occasions

a) Toasts

b) Master of Ceremonies

c) Presentations and Awards

d) Introducing and Thanking a Speaker. . . . . . . . .

Practice Techniques

Practice Session

Re-evaluation

 

Appendices

World's Greatest Speeches

Toastmasters

Suggested Reading

 

Speak Up! Helpful Tips for Business People who Need to Speak in Public by T. James Cook, C.A. softcover; 110 pages, ISBN: 978-1-55270-256-7; published in 2007;  Canadian: $24.95.

 

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