Sunday, January 13, 2019

Book Review: 'Public Speaking Made Easy How to Master the Art of Public Speaking' by Aaron Freeman

Public Speaking Made Easy  How to Master the Art of Public Sp... by Aaron Freeman
Glossophobia – fear of public speaking

New York author Aaron Freeman is a pragmatic writer as his published books attest – LIFE COACHING MADE EASY, I AMAZON: How to edit, design, publish and promote your masterpiece on Amazon, and PUBLIC SPEAKING MADE EASY. His books are short, to the point, practical, accessible – and very useful. As he states, ‘my passions are progress and transparency.’

Aaron opens is book with a fine and reassuring discussion of why public speaking is frightening – ‘Simply accepting that our fear is a very normal thing is a good place to start.’ And it is this calm reassuring manner in which he discusses that planning what we are going to say or speak about is key to a good public speaker, and proceeds to selecting our topic, making slides for a more informative presentation, responding to an audience with dignity and genuine warmth, being fully present in a moment (fine ideas on how to prepare ourselves before speaking, ‘the strong presence of looking, feeling and being confident lays the groundwork for the rest of your public speaking session. Smile, be personal, professional and at ease.’ He even offers suggestions about what to do after the speaking mission is over – feedback means!

The practical, gentle approach Aaron takes makes just reading his book a reassuring step one in overcoming glossophobia. Read, think, learn and relax. Highly recommended for all readers. 

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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