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Throat closing up, dry mouth and heart pounding - we've all been there, but how can you get past those moments
of paralysis and change your mindset to make public speaking a far less daunting prospect?

In The Confident Speaker - Beat Your Nerves and Communicate At Your Best in Any Situation (McGraw-Hill, £10,99, September 2007) international speaking coaches, Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase, combine breakthrough research on how to conquer speaking anxieties with battle-tested strategies to give you the confidence and skills to become a top class speaker in any situation. So get ready to banish your fears and start unleashing your fantastic powers of persuasion!

Monarth and Kase believe that to beat anxiety you have to first understand how it works and then how eradicate it. Using a combination of self-assessments to first identify your own level of public speaking anxiety, they incorporate practical exercises, checklists, work sheets, benchmarks and time-lines to get you on the road to public speaking success.

So whether you are a chairman who is intimidated by shareholder meetings, a project manager who wants to share new ideas with your boss but is too afraid to speak up, or student about to give a presentation and is terrified at the prospect, The Confident Speaker provides a unique mix of clinical, academic and practical real-world experience to give you a proven system to become a confident speaker in any situation.

For busy readers the book also incorporates a ground-breaking ‘shortcut system’ to rapidly build excellent presentation skills. Chapters include top speaking myths; getting into your personal fears; relaxation and managing anticipatory anxiety; what to do and not do before a talk; change your thoughts and behaviours; using your body, face and voice, techniques to increase confidence and how to work your audience.

Further chapters also cover impromptu speaking; large-scale presentations and workshops; techniques specifically for men and women; how to recover from a speaking crisis or blunder, and social interactions.

By applying and practising all the strategies, exercises, checklists and tools in the book you will not only ease your fears of speaking in public, but will learn everything you need to become an effective and confident public speaker.


About the authors: Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase are the co-founders of a public speaking and communication coaching website. Monarth is also the founder of GuruMaker, a professional speaking consultancy and Kase is a peak performance and anxiety management expert. Their combined coaching experience includes small businesses, professional organisations, universities and top corporate leaders to members of the US congress .

The Confident Speaker by Harrison Monarth and Larina Kase
£10.99, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 9780071481496
September 2007

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