According to most studies, public speaking is the number one fear among professionals. Most suffer from stage fright, lack of basic vocal training and/or lack of delivery technique. Such individuals seek tips and tricks in books, articles, and blogs, and assume that there’s a fast and easy way for appearing eloquent and polished in front of an audience. However, these sources often fail to address the underlying issue of stage fright, and the same habitual responses to nervousness continue to plague the speaker.
Grace Under Pressure solves this issue by unveiling three areas of training that great speakers use to develop their skills. In the first section, author Lisa Wentz shares techniques that she has developed to help anyone overcome inner obstacles so they can focus on developing their outward presence. The second section outlines how to best develop the physical aspects of speech, including posture, breathing, resonance, and articulation. And the third section centres on delivery: how to use pauses, word stress, and storytelling, among other techniques, to improve your performance from novice to master. This final section offers acting techniques and directorial advice that can be applied to speeches, pitches, presentations and meeting strategies.
Simple, no-nonsense tools to improve your public speaking skills.
The author is a public speaking expert who uses examples from her client base and historically influential speakers.
Exercises provided throughout the book help the reader with anxiety, vocal training and performance technique.
Techniques are vividly illustrated through detailed anecdotes from speakers who have overcome obstacles such as negative inner critics and nervous shakes.
Lisa Wentz has her own private practice as a speaking coach with over 10 years of experience helping hundreds of people evolve from beginner to advanced speakers.
Number of pages: 270
Lisa holds a master’s degree in voice and speech pedagogy from the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London. Lisa has been featured as a public speaking expert in TIME, Wall Street Journal and L.A. Daily Journal, among others. Lisa regularly coaches executives and managers from Fortune 500 companies and the non-profit sector. She lives in San Francisco, California, USA.
This is an incredibly valuable resource for prospective speakers. Lisa Wentz draws on the breadth of her deep understanding of professional vocal training and Alexander technique to provide a practical and inspiring course which readers can use to step up not only as public speakers, but also in the rest of their lives. I particularly loved the client stories Lisa draws on to bring the principles to vivid life. Bravo!
Caroline Goyder, Author of Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority
Lisa Wentz has developed a clear, systematic analysis to train speakers. Working physically and mentally, she attacks core conceits and ideas which prevent people from expressing themselves confidently and authentically. She knows what she’s talking about.
Peter Coyote, American film actor, narrator of 175 documentaries and author of Sleep Where I Fall and The Rainman’s Third Cure
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