Public speaking creates anxiety for most people. Speaking Up Without Freaking Out: 50 Techniques for Confident, Calm, and Competent Presenting is an easy-to-read pocket book containing practical anxiety management techniques that are based on scientifically supported theory and evidence.
Readers are encouraged to explore the anxiety management tools through specific “Try This” guidance provided for each technique. After reading this book, readers will be more confident, calm, and competent speakers.
The book begins with an explanation of public speaking anxiety — its origins and manifestations. Second, the specific management techniques are explained. Third, the value of structuring your message and connecting it to your audience is explored as it relates to reducing speaking anxiety. Then, suggestions are provided on how to better remember your content and avoid blanking out when presenting. Next, you are provided with advice on three common pitfalls that often intensify speaking anxiety. Finally, you are given suggestions and examples of how to find the right techniques for them by creating a tailored anxiety management plan. The book also includes: (1) public speaking anxiety management advice to non-native English speakers, (2) how to reduce disfluencies, such as “um” and “uh,” (3) specific guidance on how to reduce anxiety associated with Q&A sessions, and (4) how to manage anxiety that comes from presenting via the web and conference calls.