Fearless Public Speaking
April 19, 2019
Author, Teacher and Performance Artist, Joy Jones released her new book, Fearless Public Speaking. A guide for persons new to the art of public speaking. The book provides candid conversation about one of humanity’s most common fears. Jones inspires readers not to surrender defeat in this area “You don’t have to face any villains or fight with your fists. You just need to face a scary feeling and push through it.” Fearless Public Speaking is targeted to newbies, but would benefit anyone trying to improve. Jones uses humor and technique from her years of teaching to advise those who dare to speak publicly. Discussing supportive tools, Jones writes “Thesaurus sounds like an animal you’d find in Jurassic Park, but it’s something a lot more practical…” Fearless Public Speaking reads like a comprehensive speaking handbook, tackling practically every issue a speaker would encounter from stage fright to dramatic speaking. Fearless Public Speaking does more than just discuss the challenges of public speaking. It offers practical advice and strategies to help build this skill set. Each chapter invites readers to ‘Try This,’ listing a variety of exercises readers may actively attempt while feeling the fear. This gives readers the flexibility to practice their speaking skills anywhere a book is allowed. A great option for those who don’t have time to attend speaking programs, such as Toastmasters or speaking conferences, which can be costly. Fearless Public Speaking is an informative and delightful read, and a must have for those hoping to master the art.
If you have weak, wobbly knees and a pounding heart when you face an audience--don't worry, that's good! In Fearless Public Speaking: A Guide for Beginners, Joy Jones shows teens and tweens how to make stage fright your friend. Jones takes on public speaking with funny, friendly, and a slightly irreverent approach in hopes of helping the youth of today feel comfortable and confident when speaking in front of a crowd. Jones covers how to write and organize your speech, how to outline, and of course how to deliver it with the use of PowerPoint or video equipment, and what to do and how to troubleshoot when things go wrong because those of us in the world of public speaking know and understand that things will go wrong. It’s how you handle them that counts and makes all the difference.
As a communication professional and professor it is my opinion that Jones has taken much of the fear out of speaking in public and will be of great help to your young adult. One of my favorite sections of the book is when she explains how to escape the “yawn zone” or in other words, “how not to be boring.” This is great information considering that the youth of today and many adults have an attention span that is shorter than a goldfish!
If you want to be a better public speaker and get over your fear this is the book for you!
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from YA Books Central. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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