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How To Present To Absolutely Anyone: Confident Public Speaking and Presenting in Every Situation



How To Present To Absolutely Anyone: Confident Public Speaking and Presenting in Every Situation

Mark Rhodes

ISBN: 978-0-857-08773-7 January 2019 Capstone 224 Pages


Master the art of public speaking with a mind- and content-based approach to success

How to Present to Absolutely Anyone is the ultimate guide to successful public speaking. Presentations, talks, and speeches are unavoidable in school, work, and even social occasions (have you ever had to deliver a wedding toast?)—but fear of public speaking is statistically more common than fear of death. Author Mark Rhodes once pretended he had crashed his car to avoid doing a presentation! Permanent avoidance will eventually hold you back, but mastering the art of the successful presentation can take you to new heights! This book shows you how Mark eventually learned to love public speaking: by setting himself up for a self-sustaining cycle of presentation success.

It takes more than stage presence to make a great presentation—you need great content. Without it, you won’t get the result you’re after, and you will dread the next talk. But if your presentation stands on its own two feet and you manage to banish the stage fright, you get a taste of success that ignites your passion and gets you excited to present every time! Packed with practical advice for both mental anguish and content creation, this book approaches public speaking holistically to arm you with real skills for success:

  • Build confidence, reduce fear, and develop the right mindset for public speaking
  • Engage your audience from the start, and reduce first-minute jitters
  • Develop great content that you look forward to presenting each time
  • Go beyond simple body language to reach your audience in a more authentic, organic way

Don’t mumble your way through a PowerPoint or try to put flash over substance. Craft an engaging, informative presentation that people want to see and that you want to present! This book covers performance anxiety, speaking skills, ideas/content, practice, preparation, and audience interaction. How to Present to Absolutely Anyone guides you from fear, to excitement, to success!

Foreword xi

1 How to Deliver Presentations Without Fear, That You and Your Audience Will Love and You’ll Enjoy Doing 1

2 My Change: From Extreme Public Speaking Fear to Total Confidence 11

Part One: The Mindset and Confidence To Present 21

3 Getting Your Mindset Right: Building Confidence and Reducing Fear 23

4 Building the Motivation, Enthusiasm and Desire 65

5 Being Yourself and Dealing with Mistakes 97

Part Two: Delivering a Great Talk or Presentation 103

6 The ‘In-Motion’ Start 105

7 Creating Great Content 115

8 Dealing with Objections 143

9 Getting the Audience to Take Action 151

10 Dealing with Audience Questions including Difficult Questions 167

11 How to Prepare 175

12 Delivering on the Day 191

13 Final Thoughts: What Will Being Better at Presentations Mean to You? 201

Index 205