A Novice's Guide to Speaking in Public 10 Steps to Help You Succeed in Your Next Presentation... Without Years of Training!

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-10-09
  • Publisher: Pearson FT Press
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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

Author Biography

MICHAEL FAULKNER, Ph.D., MBA, CAE, CBA is Professor, Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry University. He spent six formative years learning leadership, management and organizational style the U.S Marine Corps way as a combat NCO, drill instructor, and classroom instructor. He then spent 30 years in leadership and coaching roles with Dun and Bradstreet, the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), entrepreneur startups, and his family business. His awards include DeVry's 2010 PRIDE Award; the Master Teacher Award for Keller Graduate School, 2010; the NY Society of Association Executives Outstanding Achievement Award, 2007; and DMA of NYC's Silver Apple Award, 2003.

Table of Contents

Step 1: Think About Language - Keep It Simple

Step 2: The Fear of Public Speaking Is Real: Don’t Run From It, Embrace It, Use It

Step 3: Your Approach To The Speech/Presentation: Prepare Immediately and Prepare A Conversation Not A Speech

Step 4: Walk With Purpose to The Podium (Or To Where You Plan To Speak) Smiling: Pause, Smile, Smile, Smile

Step 5: Make and Keep Eye Contact With The Audience

Step 6: Take Control of Your Speaking And Speaking Space

Step 7: You’ll Make Mistakes, Ignore Them, Don’t Apologize Just Keep Going.

Step 8: The Worst You Could Imagine Will Never Happen, (By The Way, Neither Will The Best) But Something In Between Will Occur Which Isn’t As Bad As You Originally Thought.

Step 9: The Last Thing You Do in Your Presentation Is What Most People Will Remember, So Do It Well

Step 10: If Any of The First Nine Things Seem Out Of Place, Not Right For The Situation, Or Intuitively Awkward, You Owe It To Yourself To Ignore Them For That Situation.


Become a well-above-average speaker and presenter in 10 easy, quick steps!

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