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Introduction xvii You'll discover that before the speaking event comes detailed planning, analysis, research, writing, revising, and rehearsing; and that after the speaking event comes gathering your notes, walking to your seat, and soliciting feedback. And you'll find out that how you say it can be every bit as important as what you say. Here's what the six parts of this book cover: Part 1: Clearing Your Throat first explores how people feel about public speaking. This part discuss the importance of public speaking in both your personal and public lives. It's here that we take care of everyone's No. 1 worry about speaking in public: stage fright. Last, you'll learn about common communication problems. Part 2: It's All in the Planning gets into the nitty-gritty of speech preparation: audience analysis, speaking to inform, speaking to persuade, and speaking to entertain. In this part, you'll learn how all speeches are the same--and different. Part 3: Writing Your Speech explores speech style as well as techniques for clearly communicating your meaning, suiting your personal speaking style to audience and purpose, and fitting the audi- ence and occasion. Here's where you'll find out all about organization, with a special focus on the backbone of complete speech preparation: outlining. I'll take you through the process of writing a speech from the beginning (the opening), through the middle (the body), to the close (the conclu- sion). Then you'll learn all about using humor in your speeches and meeting the needs of multi- cultural and international audiences. Part 4: Take It On Home: Tackling Specific Kinds of Speeches provides a detailed description of informational, persuasive, and entertaining speeches. Here you learn to master impromptu and extemporaneous speaking, the skill of thinking and speaking on your feet. This section also covers the rules of debate and parliamentary procedure. Part 5: Master of Your Domain helps you prepare visual aids, audiovisual aids, and props to add a fuller dimension to your speeches. Here's where you'll learn all about using PowerPoint, too. This section also tells you in detail why and how you should rehearse your speech. Finally, Part 5 de- scribes how to use your voice, body language, and appearance to maximize your chances for suc- cess. Part 6: The Moment of Truth describes how to actually deliver the speech. Then come ways to evaluate your performance. The last section explores how speaker's bureaus may suit your pro- fessional speech needs. Finally, there's a glossary of key words and definitions and an appendix containing sample speeches, both new and classic examples. More for Your Money! In addition to all the explanations and teaching, this book has sidebars to make it even easier for you to learn how to speak in public with confidence. Here's how you can recognize these features: Encores and Exits These contain interesting, useful background information that can streamline the learning process. They're the facts that you can skip, but they're so interesting that you won't want to!