Butterflies Be Gone: A Hands-On Approach to Sweat-Proof Public Speaking

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McGraw Hill Professional, May 4, 2008 - Reference - 224 pages
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Beat the fear of public speaking forever--with no sweat!

Speaker’s nerves. For many of us, these words spell disaster. Whether it’s giving a speech to a conference room filled with hundreds of colleagues or simply socializing with a group of strangers at a party, the churning stomach and sweaty palms that come with speaker’s nerves can be uncomfortable at best and career-damaging at worst. When overcoming this anxiety is critical to success, Butterflies Be Gone is your solution.

An accomplished speech coach to thousands, including executives, Congressional representatives, and military leaders, Dr. Arthur Bell outlines his sure-fire seven-part plan for conquering your fear.

Using tested techniques, probing quizzes, and real-life anecdotes from fellow sufferers, Dr. Bell teaches you how to:

  • Recognize the physiological symptoms of speaker’s nerves
  • Identify your unique anxiety profile and develop a customized plan
  • Prepare and practice intelligently for any speaking engagement
  • Establish comfort by making friends with your audience
  • Use breathing and body work to calm your mind
  • Speak "off the cuff" with confidence
 

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Contents

The Experience of Speakers Nerves
1
Understanding Speakers Nerves from the Bodys
27
Putting a Face on the Fear of Speaking 41 Naming Our Fears
42
Eight Solutions to Conquer Speakers Nerves
65
Medical Approaches to Conquering Speakers Nerves
89
Speakers Nerves Under the Microscope
107
A Planning Guide for Overcoming Speakers Nerves
123
Evaluating Your Personality Characteristics with
141
Six Practice Scripts for Enjoyable Confident
159
Working with a Speech Coach
169
General Speaking Guidelines
183
Index
189
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About the author (2008)

Arthur H. Bell, Ph.D., is the director of the communications program at the University of San Francisco’s Graduate School of Management. The author of more than forty books on communication, language, and literature, he lives in Northern California.

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