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10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking
By Lenny Laskowski
Read by Peter McHugh

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10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking: Say Good-Bye to Stage Fright Forever!
By Lenny Laskowski
Read by Peter McHugh
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2002)
An Abridged Audio Recording on 2 Cassettes
ISBN: 1-58621-263-X
Genre: Self-Help
Other editions: Standard Print (Paperback)
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - March 10, 2002

Do you have trouble speaking in public? Do you have a big speech coming up and need to get over your nervousness - fast? Or do you simply want to become a better speaker? Whether you are speaking before an audience of one or of thousands, this tape will help you to become a more confident and proficient public speaker. 10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking was written by Lenny Laskowski who is a professional speaker and a speech coach. To this work he has brought his years of experience, and he shares with you the tricks and techniques that he has learned and developed over the years.

"Ah, another self-help tape." I hear you say. Well yes, this is another tape, but it is an important one. Being able to speak in public is a skill that is essential if you want to advance in almost any career. Speaking in public also tends to be a universal fear. When I gave my first speech, a well wisher told me to picture everyone in the audience naked. Big mistake, I did and had to struggle not to laugh during the entire speech! In only ten days, according to the tape's author, you can learn solid, workable 'tricks' that will give you all the tools - and self-confidence - that you need to become a proficient and effective speaker.

The lessons on this tape are divided into ten sections that can easily be completed in ten days. Throughout, Laskowski offers confidence building exercises and practical advice on building your speech skills. He also offers tips on how to memorize your speech so you don't have to fumble with note cards or squinting at a Teleprompter. It will also help you learn how to translate your ideas into a coherent and informative form that you can then articulate in a clear and self-assured manner.

This audio edition of 10 Days to More Confident Public Speaking does represent an abridgement of the print edition. However, there are no noticeable gaps in the narrative. This audio edition is read by Peter McHugh, who has a strong, clear, and commanding voice that is perfect for the reader of a book on public speaking. Not only will this tape help you prepare and give major speaking engagements, but it will also help you with 'little' speaking tasks, such as recording a voice mail message and speaking on the phone. Also included are 'quick tips' that you can use to increase your everyday speaking skills.

While listening to this tape does not do away with the need to practice, it will help you on your way to becoming a better public speaker. By the way, I've found that dogs and children make great practice audiences, if you can get them to sit still long enough. For those of you facing your first public speech - this book will help you to prepare for that momentous occasion. And you'll find that if you are well prepared before the speech begins the actual act of giving it will not be as painful as you might have feared. If nothing else, this tape will help you to relax when giving a speech, and if you can relax, half the battle is won.


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