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
The advertising industry has reached a critical and dangerous point in its development – agencies destroy themselves by doing increased work for declining fees. So what are the logical consequences of the failure to act? Growing workloads and declining fees have created a "recipe for disaster." For the first time, Michael Farmer offers a solution to avoid this seemingly inevitable disaster. This book offers the world’s first effective definition of "the real agency problem." Once the problem is understood, the author offers corrective solutions.
Now in its third edition, Madison Avenue Manslaughter has been updated to include industry developments from 2017-2018, plus new material and chapters. This book is a call to action for the 21st century breed of "mad men," which outlines the industry problems and encourages agencies and their clients to take management actions to keep this disaster at bay. These actions form the basis of a strategic response by agency CEOs as well as corporate chief marketing officers.
Author: Michael Farmer
Understanding the goals of the world of business and dealing with the development of new solutions calls for a basic ingredient: creativity. And yet, just being, or wanting to be creative is not enough – it is essential to train and develop this ability in order to achieve results. In other words, we need a guide to show us the way and provide us with the tools needed to progress. Designpedia is an essential manual for Design Thinking which brings together all the tools you need to achieve innovation and entrepreneurship goals and is organised around four basic processes: mapping, exploring, building and testing. It also reveals how, as long as you use the right tools, you can create original and effective solutions. Includes case studies to show how this is working for big companies (Orange or BBVA) as well as startups (Dovase or Bydsea).
Authors: Rafael Zaragozá and Juan Gasca
How to Buy a Gorilla presents a new agency relationship paradigm for marketers to get better-value advertising ideas from their agencies. In this book, David Meikle examines the existing paradigms of the working and commercial relationships between marketing, procurement and agencies, and offers a new approach to how they can collaborate in more trusting, more productive and more effective ways. This is a well-informed exploration of the eternal triangle of marketing, agency and procurement, and will provide valuable guidance and insights to anyone involved in the purchase, management or creation of advertising.
From Brexit to Trump, communication has never clearly been so influential, continually centre stage in influencing our hearts, minds and essentially the narrative of our civilisation. We are surrounded by the impact of good and bad communication, both in our own lives and in the world stage. And we are swayed, even against better judgement by persuasive communicators. This book will give people simple usable tools to improve and enrich their communication in 5 key areas, so they feel more confident and effective in meetings, presentations, interviews, social situations and can even have arguments more effectively! For the very first time, readers will be able to read about and apply a unique methodology that has been taught successfully to hundreds of happy clients since 2008 - and the opportunity to experience gems from that method at a fraction of the price of a session.
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This readjustment of our daily routine has had one significant effect: it has taught individuals a range of skills that would normally be in the domain of businesses. Ordinary people now behave as businesses do by using buying strategies to get costs down. We now have expectations of quality and delivery. In fact, we have become so business-like as individuals that marketers need to get rid of the processes of “Business-to-Consumer” communication, and begin to adopt the rules of “Business-to-Business” when talking to consumers. Such change of our lives is an explosion of the new – new thinking, new business, new relationships, new selling, new buying, new leisure, new humans.
InCitations offers a series of memorable quotes, aphorisms and expressions (that is, citations) and by delving into their history and meaning(s) you will find ways of applying – or just pondering on – them that incite insight and add to a sense of smartness. The range of inspiring quotes, aphorisms and words provided aim to illuminate, trigger debate, conversation and reflection that will enliven and enrich your writing and thinking.
From the arts to sciences, advertising to psychology, this book encompasses it all. You will encounter writers, lyricists, firebrands, psychoanalysts and complexity theorists, The New Yorker cartoons, Spartan mothers and tractor boys, as well as learn the difference between jumbo jets and mayonnaise, and the significance of the number 45.
This book exposes the marketing secrets and lessons learnt from one of the world’s most exciting global brands – Coca Cola – and how you can apply them to your own brand. It explores the core beliefs and principles that were needed to evolve one of the most powerful marketing machines on the planet that worked successfully across cultures and fast-changing environments.
The author was part of a team of outstanding individuals and agencies that generated better, faster and more effective marketing on an unprecedented level. Through a combination of research, theory and real-life experience, Lamelas explains why and how marketing works, and offers a proven framework to help you master your own marketing strategy.
We live in times of great change. Or so we are told. Headlines blast messages about clashes between tribes, civilisations, political factions, East and West. We are told that unless we abstain from eating meat, flying or enjoying other modern amenities, the planet is doomed. We live in times of trouble. Of crossroads. Of signs of decline. We live in special times. In turn, future thinking is often reduced to people having opinions about other people’s opinions.
As opposed to manifesto, in manifesto many small ideas are created to inspire one person, your- self. By sharing the vision of the future, we can avoid telling stories and instead strive to surround ourselves with as many strange, conflicting ideas that we can in order to immerse ourselves in future possibilities and possible futures. Incorporating recognisable examples, Minifesto will illustrate how the world changes when a single individual does something new.
The term 'omnichannel' may be a marketing buzzword, but it also refers to a significant shift: marketers now need to provide a seamless experience, regardless of channel or device. Make it All About Me suggests how to work with omnichannel marketing and artificial intelligence without getting stuck in a certain channel or silo. Drawing on insights from global marketing experts, the book centers around the Omnichanel Hexagon, a framework to help gauge your omnichannel progress and prioritize your marketing efforts to ensure that every step you take is a step closer to the perfect, tailored customer experience -- without sacrificing profitability.
The authors provide the background for understanding the six main omnichannel disciplines and demonstrate how you can manage them in a more customer centric manner. Readers will get a visual overview of how far along their organization is in working with omnichannel and what barriers might impede further progress.
Author: Rasmus Houlind & Colin Shearer
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