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I'd Rather Die Than Give a Speech Hardcover – 1 Nov 1993


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Irwin Professional Publishing (1 Nov. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556239513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556239519
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,032,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
First-hand account by an author who overcame serious fear problems to become a leading communication consultant and trainer. Solid material in the hows - and whys - of speech preparation, performance strategies, making nerves work for you, and the importance of preparing for the Q&A, to name just a few. No Freudian analysis of why we develop anxiety, just a great "tool-box" of proven techniques to become a confident and masterful speaker. A solid asset for Toastmasters, sales people, managers, or anyone who needs to make public speaking a part of their life.
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The smell of the greasepaint 21 Mar. 2008
By Linda Bulger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Have you ever fainted while giving a speech? Author Michael M. Klepper tells the story of one poorly prepared speaker who did just that. But if you're among the 40 percent of Americans who name public speaking as their greatest fear,* you can still get up in front of a group, stay conscious, and survive.

The formula is simple and common-sense; in summary: know what you want to achieve, know your audience, prepare and rehearse thoroughly, and get there early. The step-by-step chapters are designed to build confidence and give you the edge you need.

Klepper's material is clear and matter-of-fact. Some of his tips are obvious--know exactly how to get there, eat wisely before your speech, check the pronunciation of names--but it's not a bad thing to be reminded of the obvious when facing your greatest fear. He guides the reader through sections on body language (yours and theirs), seating arrangements, lighting, and the effective use of humor and statistics. Will there be a Q & A session after your talk? Don't miss the great chapter on avoiding Q & A troubles.

Although projection techiques have advanced since this book was published, the general advice on visual aids is still useful. Perhaps the scariest advice in the book is to always be prepared to give your speech without your visuals in the event of an irretrievable equipment malfunction.

Even if you have some experience in addressing groups, I'd Rather Die Than Give a Speech will help you kick it up a notch. It's an easy and informative read and well worth your time.

*Source: 2001 Gallup Poll

Linda Bulger, 2008
One of the best books on public speaking - ever! 7 Aug. 2013
By J. P. Reynolds - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found Klepper's book more than a decade ago when I was teaching a public speaking undergrad course at Loyola-Marymount U. I was looking for a book, not necessarily a textbook, that would lay out the basics of public speaking in a way that also helped students break-through any fear they had--especially fear based on misconceptions of what real public speaking is all about. Klepper's book answered all those needs.

Cut to a few weeks ago when I was asked to teach a Pub. Speak course to business professionals. Again, I wasn't looking for a textbook, rather, I needed a book to help me structure a course for busy professionals. I found this book on a neglected bookshelf in my office and once more, Klepper came to my aid.

He strips the speaking process down to its basics and helps people who are never going to be professional speechwriters or givers the tools they need to present their ideas in an intelligent and engaging manner.

This book needs to be reissued!
Clear guidebook for those who need to speak in public. 16 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
First-hand account by an author who overcame serious fear problems to become a leading communication consultant and trainer. Solid material in the hows - and whys - of speech preparation, performance strategies, making nerves work for you, and the importance of preparing for the Q&A, to name just a few. No Freudian analysis of why we develop anxiety, just a great "tool-box" of proven techniques to become a confident and masterful speaker. A solid asset for Toastmasters, sales people, managers, or anyone who needs to make public speaking a part of their life.
Best book on Public Speaking 14 Oct. 2012
By Terry Blaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is by far the most comprehensive book on public speaking since "Public Speaking as Listeners Like It" by Richard Borden. I recommend this for everyone, not just for those who have to give speeches. The tools the author gives us to make speeches more effective work in everyday communication to enable us to clearly state what we want the others to hear. Definitely a must have book and probably the most valuable asset to give to your high school graduate.
Speaking Step by Step! 6 Jun. 2014
By Maurice Troop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great book! I will keep it simple. This book walks the reader through everything you need to know to prepare, execute, and finish a speech. I recommend this book for all prospective and potential public speakers. We know that preparation can help to create confidence.
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