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How to be Brilliant at Public Speaking: Any Audience. Any Situation [Paperback]

Sarah Lloyd-Hughes
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Book Description

13 Sep 2011 How to Be Brilliant at

Speaking in public can be fun – honestly!

Whatever the occasion, whatever the content, whatever the situation, this book will teach you everything you need to know to plan, prepare and deliver any speech or presentation and will give you the skills to deliver it with style, wit, charm and confidence.

Discover expert tips, tricks, tools and techniques that will help you build on skills and abilities you already have so you can stand up in front of any audience and really wow them.

Whether you’re looking for help in overcoming your fears and building your confidence, or whether you’re already quite good and want to polish your performance, this book will help you.

Anyone can learn to speak in public. This book will show you how even you can do it brilliantly.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson Life; 1 edition (13 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273755218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273755210
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Enlightening, insightful and savvy – this book is packed with brilliant ideas. Probably one of the most clear, concise and useful books I have ever read on the subject."

Paul McGee, ‘The Sumo Guy’ and author of Self Confidence: The Remarkable Truth of Why a Small Change Can Make  A Big Difference


“This is an outstanding book. As a professional speaker of many years, I only wish it had been around when I started out”

David Thomas, International Speaker,  Bestselling Author, Memory Champion and Guinness Record Breaker

From the Back Cover

Don’t  you wish you could be one of those magnetic public speakers who effortlessly hold an audience in the palm of their hand? What have they got - some magic gene that enables them to razzle dazzle with intelligence and charm?




They started exactly where you are and they’ve battled their fears, scratched their heads about what to speak about and pushed themselves beyond what they thought possible. The results can knock the socks off any audience. So there’s no reason why you can’t do the same.


In fact, anyone who can carry a conversation can be a brilliant public speaker.  How do I know? Because I’ve done it myself.


Sarah Lloyd-Hughes



Whether you are getting ready to present at your next company conference, or facing the daunting prospect of making a speech in front of friends and family, this book will give you every trick, tactic, tip and technique to become a truly brilliant public speaker.



“This is an outstanding book. As a professional speaker of many years, I only wish it had been around when I started out”

– David Thomas, International Speaker,  Bestselling Author, Memory Champion and Guinness Record Breaker



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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, useful and smart! 24 Sep 2011
By Lukasz
I found this book easy to read, fun, and packed with all sorts of useful tips and strategies to make your public speaking shine. What I love about this book is that it's not about 'faking it' as a speaker - the author encourages you to be yourself on stage and to let your passion for your subject show. Definitely my preferred approach to speaking.

A quick summary of each part:

Awareness - The first part starts with what you might consider the basics - how body language and vocal delivery affect your speaking. The angle here is that by becoming more aware of what your body and voice do whilst you're speaking, you can choose to act in a more powerful way.

Empathy - looking at how you build rapport with your audience and understand their needs. I particularly liked the bit about different audience types you might come across and how to handle them (I've definitely seen a sniper or two!)

Freshness - how to add interest to what you say to make it more memorable. This is a useful checklist of all of the ways you might use visual aids, the words you say and interactive techniques to wow your audience.

Balance - how to create a decent structure in your speaking that people can make sense of - and that has some power behind it.

Fearlessness- this is my favourite part - it looks at how we become nervous about public speaking and what to do to overcome the fear. It's packed with some really useful tools which I'll definitely try out on my next bit of speaking.

Authenticity - another favourite bit of mine, this section shows you how you don't have to pretend to be someone else to be a great public speaker.

All in all, a really handy read. The illustrations make it a very friendly and approachable book - it's a good one to dip in and out of when you need a refresher.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Painless public speaking success... and cake 24 Sep 2011
By Paul P
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Having done one of the author's workshops, I was eager to get something that I could use to continue to practice at home. I can say I was not disappointed!
Sarah's workshop was fun and engaging, and she managed to take this style over into the book.
Public speaking can be a daunting prospect, and even reading a whole book on the subject can seem like a big ask. What's nice about How To Be Brilliant is that each chapter is split up into bite-size sections, sprinkled with quotes and home-grown illustrations, which often use the author's fairly apparent fetish for cake.

Even the best advice is not much use if you can't relate to it and recall it when you need it. Each topic in the book is nicely tied together using the metaphor of the House of Public Speaking, which makes it easy to remember. And the hundreds of examples and real-life stories mean that the principles never become abstract.

I have to give public talks every few weeks, and the examples and methods I learned from the book really helped me to be more confident and engaging as a speaker.
The one thing that sums up the book for me is the roof of the House of Public Speaking, Authenticity - in the end, getting through all the nerves and using the techniques is just to bring out your own true voice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This book inspired me and I think it is a great tool for rookies and people who have to speak in public on a regular basis. I had many eye openers and WOW moments relating to where and how to improve my own speaking skills. Especially to learn more about awareness helped me a lot.

Furthermore Sarah not only provides a huge source a profound knowledge, she also manages to present it in a way that makes it easy to read and to digest.

Reading the book almost felt like listening to an authentic, emphatic & fun speech and truly seemed to come from the heart.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 26 Sep 2011
This is a really good introduction to public speaking, and it doesn't involve making yourself into someone you're not. Shows you how to be an authentically powerful speaker who can command the room yet keep the stillness within - a rare combination. Liked Sarah's Buddhist approach - a calm mind and sense of purpose is obviously important to this area.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Within minutes of reading this book I felt bits of my brain untangle themselves - those bits that had got themselves in knots from an early age associating speach-giving with something close to a near-death experience.

Sarah's style of writing is relaxed, fresh and humourous. I could feel her voice speaking through the words on the page with an enthusiasm and groundedness that made me just want to keep on reading. She pretty much covers every aspect of public speaking with an ease which is contagious and reassuring. The illustrations reinforce the key points in a light-hearted and memorable way that also serve to unravel decades of taking the subject far too seriously.

This is a book I would have loved to have had as a teenager - infact would have loved everyone I know to have had because it does so much more than guide you to be a good public speaker - it supports you in valuing and expressing your authentic nature which would benefit all aspects of your life immeasurably.

Buy it for yourself. Buy it for everyone you know for Christmas - why not?
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 24 Sep 2011
I was really impressed by the way Sarah put across her personality and humour into this book, as this helped me to over come some confidence issues with talking in public and stop taking myself so seriously. She makes it fun and I feel happier about being in situations where I am put on the spot. This book will make a big difference to anyone who feels under pressure when speaking in public. I really recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I am still reading it and I find all the tips and advice are so easy to follow and practical too.
Published 13 days ago by Mrs O
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit dull
Found it quite hard to read. Some of it appears to be written for babies. Doesn't go into to much depth of psychoanalysis or examples.
Published 4 months ago by Mr Jamie Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was skeptical about becoming a good public speaker, without the face to face training. But this book gives you the tools to take away and put into place. Read more
Published 5 months ago by T.C "Freethinker"
5.0 out of 5 stars Managed to show that speaking in public can be fun if we take care of...
“How to Be Brilliant at Public Speaking: Any audience. Any situation.” written by Sarah Lloyd-Hughes is a nicely illustrated and approachable book that shows that not every public... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Denis Vukosav
4.0 out of 5 stars How to be Brilliant at Public Speaking:
A very good lecture. Sarah has given all the expert tips. It is like being in a university classroom, listening to a lecture about public speaking. Very good, and well done.
Published 6 months ago by Margaret Serwah
3.0 out of 5 stars A good Xmas present for a friend that is about to make a maiden spe...
You will impress everyone that is lucky enough to receive this as a present this Xmas especially the shy ones. Dot Dillow
Published 9 months ago by Dot Dillow
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read
This book is easy to read and has some helpful information. The little illustrations throughout the book make this fun as well as informative. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Gray
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for
Didn't like this book, purchased it to improve my own public speaking and also to help a colleague that struggled with speaking to an group. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ken B
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical
Good, well-written book. I've flicked through a few similar books but this one I had to buy and really read as there is no unnecessary waffling. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nikksy
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth three times the price
I attended Sarah's Introductory public speaking day course, and I bought this book thinking it would be a good refresher. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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