A Novice's Guide To Speaking In Public: 10 Steps To Help You Succeed In Your Next Presentation... Without Years Of Training! by Michael Lawrence FaulknerA Novice's Guide To Speaking In Public: 10 Steps To Help You Succeed In Your Next Presentation... Without Years Of Training! by Michael Lawrence Faulkner

A Novice's Guide To Speaking In Public: 10 Steps To Help You Succeed In Your Next Presentation…

byMichael Lawrence Faulkner

Hardcover | October 9, 2015

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This book has one simple goal: to help you succeed in your next presentation or speech.


You don’t need decades of training to achieve this goal. You don’t need the eloquence of Lincoln or Churchill or Martin Luther King. You just need to learn and practice 10 simple rules…and we mean simple.


Michael Lawrence Faulkner helps you apply basic truths about human nature and nonverbal communication to get your audience on your side, and keep them there–from the moment you walk on stage to the moment you leave. You’ll learn how to prepare well, enter with confidence, own your space, and deliver a message that is clear and powerful.


Nervous?  Of course you are! Everyone is. But Faulkner shows how to make your fears serve you, not immobilize you.

Imagining the worst?  Everyone does. But, as Faulkner shows you, those disasters just won’t happen.

Made a mistake?  Everyone will. But you can move right past it, like it never happened.


Other public speaking books aim to make you brilliant…and they fail. This book aims to make you very good: better than most speakers. That’s a goal you can achieve–and with Faulkner’s help and a little practice, you will.


Practical, simple ways to

  • Keep your language simple
  • Make your fears work for you
  • Prepare a conversation, not a speech
  • Walk with purpose and confidence
  • Make and keep eye contact
  • Own your speaking and your space
  • Ignore your mistakes and keep going
  • Stop worrying about worst-case scenarios
  • Finish strong
  • Know when to ignore the rules
Dr. Michael Lawrence Faulkner is the author or coauthor of 17 books. He is a professor at the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University and a former U.S. Marine. Michael spent 30 years in a variety of leadership and executive management positions with Fortune 500 firms and major nonprofit trade associations. He also hel...
Title:A Novice's Guide To Speaking In Public: 10 Steps To Help You Succeed In Your Next Presentation…Format:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 9.1 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 9, 2015Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0134193865

ISBN - 13:9780134193861


Table of Contents

Introduction     1
Chapter 1     Step 1: Think about Your Language and Keep It Simple     5
Chapter 2     Step 2: The Fear of Public Speaking Is Real—Embrace It and Use It     35
Chapter 3     Step 3: Prepare Immediately and Prepare for a Conversation, Not a Speech     63
Chapter 4     Step 4: Walk with Purpose to the Podium; Smile, Pause, Then Smile, Smile, Smile     99
Chapter 5     Step 5: Make and Keep Eye Contact with the Audience     105
Chapter 6     Step 6: Take Control of Your Speaking Space and Your Speaking     109
Chapter 7     Step 7: You’ll Make Mistakes—Don’t Apologize, Just Keep Going     127
Chapter 8     Step 8: Don’t Worry—The Worst You Can Imagine Will Never Happen     135
Chapter 9     Step 9: The Last Thing You Do Is What Most People Will Remember—Do It Well     137
Chapter 10   Step 10: If Any of the First Nine Steps Seem Awkward, You Owe It to Yourself to Ignore Them     145
Index     147

Editorial Reviews

“This is a remarkably insightful guide to giving successful presentations or speeches—something we all need help with, no matter our level of familiarity. Given Dr. Faulkner’s 40+ years of presentation experience to C-level executives, I only wish that he had written this book first in his prolific career because I needed this advice ten years ago! So, don’t hesitate to perfect your whole presentation—read it today!”—Kevin Noonan, Sr. Consultant, NBCUniversal   “At some time in our lives, nearly all of us will be called upon to give a speech of some sort. Whether it be a wedding toast or a business presentation, a seminar or a eulogy, we all want to do a good job and not embarrass ourselves in the process. In A Novice’s Guide to Speaking in Public, Michael Faulkner provides sensible, easy-to-follow guidelines on how to make sure that whatever presentation you might give will be interesting and effectively delivered. If you are an infrequent public speaker, this book is definitely for you. And, if you are an experienced presenter, you will find valuable tips to help you be even better. Bravo, Dr. Faulkner—finally a book on public speaking for the rest of us."—Steven Isaac, Former CEO, Forbes Education, and Founding CEO, Education Dynamics   “Read this book. Dr. Faulkner is a dear friend of mine. He speaks. People listen.”—Richard Vincent Kelly, NCW   “‘You need the right tools to do the right job’ is a phrase we hear all too often. And as a master craftsman in his field, Michael Faulkner empties his toolbox of wisdom out for all to see. The ten things you will learn here will demand and command the attention of your audience. This book is a must-have for presenters and speech givers; period!”—Dan Barr, M.A., B.S.   “Like he has in his other books, Dr. Faulkner is able to draw on his vast education, life experiences, and work history to create easy-to-understand and concise information on complex topics. Dr. Faulkner’s books and teachings have helped me to better myself and strive for maximum potential out of a small start-up business.”—Eliot Spindel   “Bon voyage to the plague of public speaking! Dr. Faulkner is a prolific writer, meticulous researcher, and ardent pragmatist with a can-opener aptitude for dissecting and conquering problems. His academic, military, and corporate experience are here married to common sense. This book will transform the quality of your talks with strategies proven under fire.”—Ken Boyer, English Professor (Retired), St. Louis Community College/FV   “We often hear the quote ‘begin with the end in mind,’ and this couldn’t be more relevant when it comes to public speaking. Dr. Faulkner does a great job of breaking down a presentation into ten easy steps in order to overcome and harness the fear that comes with public speaking. In the end, you’ll walk away with tips to tactfully and successfully engage any audience!”—Kristine Lester, Marketing Manager in Higher Education field