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Instructors and students understand that fear of public speaking is one of the biggest challenges in the introductory course. And that’s where Speak with Courage comes in. Author and master teacher Martin McDermott has helped over 3,000 students overcome their fears and rise above speech anxiety by applying the right techniques. Speak with Courage offers 50+ diverse strategies—class-tested, rhetorical, practical, and fun—that help students at every stage of the speechmaking process, from getting started and choosing a topic to delivering the presentation and learning from the experience. Helpful and effective, this well-written and appealing text is the tool you need to get your students up and speaking—with confidence. Speak with Courage is also available as an inexpensive e-book, a great add on to any course with a public speaking component.
Martin McDermott is Associate Professor of Speech Communication at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. A graduate of Rutgers University, he pursued graduate studies at Ohio State University, and was awarded a Distinguished Scholar Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a master’s degree in Communication Studies. Martin has taught more than 3,500 students during his tenure at several colleges and universities, grading over 15,000 presentations in the process—and counting. An active member of the National Communication Association (NCA), Eastern Communication Association (ECA), and New Jersey Communication Association (NJCA), he also conducts continuing education workshops and coaches speakers of all levels in support of their personal and professional goals. A native of Trenton, New Jersey—with family roots stretching back to Brazil, Italy, England, and Ireland—he enjoys travel, film, song writing, athletics, and learning about a broad range of subjects. For more information about Martin McDermott’s training and coaching services, please visit www.martinmcdermott.com.
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