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How to Speak Up Without Freaking Out: 30 Techniques for for Confident, Calm and Competent Presenting (Hardcover)
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Jerry Seinfeld jokes that people’s fear of public speaking is so great, that at a funeral they would rather be in the casket than deliver the eulogy.
Many of us are uneasy about speaking in public, but much of our personal and professional lives require precisely this type of communication. “Speaking Up Without Freaking Out: 25 Techniques for Confident, Calm, and Competent Presenting” (Kendall Hunt, 2010) is an easy-to-read pocket book containing practical public-speaking anxiety-management techniques based on scientifically supported theory and evidence.
Readers are encouraged to explore the anxiety-management tools through specific “Try This” guidance provided for each technique. After reading the book, readers will be calmer, more confident and more competent speakers.
About the Author
Matt Abrahams received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford University, his graduate degree in communication studies from the University of California at Davis, and his secondary education teaching credential from San Francisco State University. Matt is considered a passionate, collaborative, and innovative teacher who teaches group, interpersonal, and business communication as well as public speaking at Stanford University, Palo Alto University, and De Anza College. He is especially interested in applying communication knowledge to real-world issues. He has published several research articles on cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication. Prior to teaching, Matt held senior leadership positions at several software companies, were he created and ran global training and development organizations. In addition to his teaching and research activities, matt is co-founder of Bold Echo Communication Solutions, a successful presentation consulting and coaching practice.