As William Hewlett, Co-founder of the Hewlett Packard Corporation said: "How can I trust someone to manage multi-million dollar projects if he or she can't manage a half-hour speech?" Effective presentations can change your buying habits, influence your vote, inspire and motivate but, they do not happen by chance. What is not well known is that public speaking is an art that can be learned. Regardless of your profession, e.g., business, science or engineering, government ... communicating in front of others is involved in ...
As William Hewlett, Co-founder of the Hewlett Packard Corporation said: "How can I trust someone to manage multi-million dollar projects if he or she can't manage a half-hour speech?" Effective presentations can change your buying habits, influence your vote, inspire and motivate but, they do not happen by chance. What is not well known is that public speaking is an art that can be learned. Regardless of your profession, e.g., business, science or engineering, government ... communicating in front of others is involved in most office jobs and more critical the higher up a person progresses. Thus, presentation skills are useful at all levels and in today's world are a necessity. In "A Complete Guide to Public Speaking" the steps for preparing and delivering an effective presentation, whether to a large audience, to your management, or even to your colleagues in a meeting, are described in a straightforward and easy-to-follow manner. Many topics are presented as: Factors to Consider Before Speech Preparation, Research on Message Retention, Winning Over an Audience, Opening & Closing Techniques, Developing Each Part of Your Speech, Taking the Terror Out of Speaking in Public, Pros & Cons of Various Visual Aids, Deadly Mistakes to Avoid and much more. Many vital speaking tips are also discussed regarding: the use of humor, awareness of your eyes / body as well as verbal language / gestures, avoiding "brain death" during your speech, strong words to use & weak words to avoid, speaking speed and pauses, handling hostile questions and audience members ... even clothing to wear. The author uses his extensive education, 35 years of management consulting and executive experience plus, research on public speaking to present a useful guide for public speaking in any arena.
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It would be a great public service if everyone called on to address an audience of more than a few people was first required to read this book. In less than forty succinct pages, the book quickly identifies the key areas speakers need to concentrate on and provides a brief listing of practical do?s and don?ts for each of them. The beauty of Grippo?s approach is that it is flexible and can be adapted to the unique needs of each audience and the particular capabilities of each speaker. He does not have a rigid model for what a public speaker should do or sound like and wastes no time presenting specific techniques in the abstract. Instead, he recognizes that the most critical element in successful public speaking is the importance of the speaker?s message to his or her audience.
Many speakers have a tendency to get lost in their introductions and never find the way out. Grippo?s ?inside out? method of constructing an address prevents this by getting to the core of matter first. He challenges speakers to put their audience first and consider how what they have to say is relevant to that audience. He is well aware that rhetorical flourishes cannot enliven a rehash of what the audience already knows nor humor compensate for unfamiliarity with the subject matter. But he is confident that, with proper preparation, all speakers who truly care about their audience and are thoroughly conversant with their topic will find the method of communicating most suitable to their capabilities and the circumstances of the speech.
Consistent with his own advice, Grippo takes his theme and elaborates on it in a way that is direct, easy to grasp and immediately helpful. Of course, no book can transform any individual into a brilliant orator overnight, but the first task of any guidebook should be to help readers get where they need to go as efficiently as possible by warning them about blind spots and keeping them out of dead ends. Grippo draws on his extensive experience with public speaking of all types to help speakers steer clear of many obvious mistakes that seem to be as hard for speakers to avoid as they are easy for their listeners to recognize.
The writers of many ?complete guides? fall into the trap of thinking they need to be exhaustive in order to be effective. Joseph Grippos? book distinguishes itself by concentrating on the areas most crucial to a speaker?s success. These he identifies with such clear logic that they appear to be obvious (although the fact that most public speakers are oblivious to them is evident to us daily). He then provides helpful tips readers can use to master these areas, as well as memorable examples that keep their importance fixed in their minds.
Even though I consider myself a reasonably proficient public speaker, I found quite a few of the suggestions in this book immediately helpful in preparing for an upcoming event. Certainly, those with little prior experience will find it well worth their while to become familiar with this handy little book and review it each time they are called on to speak publicly. If they continue to practice and concentrate on the basics that Grippo brilliantly identifies, it shouldn?t be long until they achieve what he suggests is the proper objective of all public speaking?a standing ovation.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author, but received no compensation for writing this review and have no personal or business relationship with him.
Feb 18, 2012
Joseph A. Grippo's "A Complete Guide to Public Speaking" is a short book presenting information on how one can give a speech on any topic in an informative, interesting manner. He explains how presentation skills are a necessary part of all professions, and everyone should have profficiency in them.
I found the book useful for anyone, from those still in school to those in the working world. I will use the information myself at work, where I provide group counseling services to prisoners.
The book presents topics such as Winning Over an Audience, Deadly Mistakes to Avoid, Factors to Consider Before Speech Preparation, Opening and Closing Techniques, and many more. The author has much experience to provide and uses this in his book. I give this book 4 stars.
Sep 11, 2009
A Complete Guide to Public Speaking
In his book, ?A Complete Guide to Public Speaking,? author, Joseph A. Grippo, presents a step-by step guide on preparing a public presentation in an a effective and professional manner using audio and visual aids. When one plans an event with the purpose of delivering important information intended to inspire creative thought and motivate the audience, a speaker becomes a critical tool to the event?s success. The speaker will stimulate people to look at situations in a new way and bring innovative ideas into the organization. The purpose of Grippo?s book, as he states, is to teach people that ?public speaking is an art that can be learned.?
Grippo presents 12 sections that include: I) The Purpose of Information, II) Factors to consider beforehand, (Why one speaks and what you should know about the speaking occasion) III) Research on message retention, (How to hold the audience?s attention) IV) Selecting the topic and organizing the presentation, V) Developing the body of the speech, VI) Developing the introduction and using closing techniques, VII) Rehearsing the presentation, IX) Taking the terror out of making a presentation (Overcoming fear of giving a presentation.) X) The pros and cons of visual presentations. XI General speaking tips for effective presentation and XII) Final Remarks (Positive Reinforcement.)
Within the guide, Grippo manages to filter out any unnecessary information and focus on the ?nuts and bolts? of becoming a successful public speaker. It is a comprehensive and easy to follow and understand booklet that touches on all aspects of public speaking. Common mistakes and concerns are highlighted with effective advice on overcoming any hindrances to a successful public speaking event. He provides an account of what makes a good public speaker and how one can achieve that status.
Part of overcoming the fear of public speaking is implementing Grippo?s guide and following through. I think the section on Overcoming Fear may be better suited at the beginning of the book, near the introduction, to demonstrate that the following sections will not only teach the mechanics and craft of public speaking, but also overcoming one?s fears by boosting self-confidence.
?A Complete Guide To Public Speaking? is highly recommended to those embarking on a career as a Public Speaker and those who want to maintain and improve their current public speaking skills. It would be particularly useful for those wishing to make business and technical presentations.
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