Mastering the Art of Public Speaking

Author and executive leadership coach Michael J. Gelb, who recently discussed his book “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day” with the Roundtable, has published a new book called “Mastering the Art of Public Speaking.”

Following is an excerpt from the introduction to Mastering the Art of Public Speaking:

Do you know how to ask for what you want? Can you formulate request that others can readily fulfill? One of the simplest keys to happiness

is knowing our most vital needs and enrolling others in helping us to fulfill those needs. We do this by developing our skill in advocating for what we want.

These same skills are essential if we want to be effective in changing the world for the better. If you want to help save the Earth, raise funds for a charity, or champion the rights of others, you’ll need to speak in a compelling and memorable way.

In this book you will learn a simple, powerful, practical approach to

improving your effectiveness in any kind of public-speaking situation, from a job interview to a formal speech, from a wedding toast to a eulogy. You’ll learn to do this in a way that feels natural, enlivening, and enjoyable for both you and your audiences. You’ll learn how to persuade, sell, engage, influence, inspire, and enroll others so you can become a powerful advocate for your ideas and ideals, both personally and professionally.

Michael J. Gelb is a Senior Fellow at The Center for Humanistic Management and a member of the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business’ Leading People and Organizations Advisory Board. He co-taught the acclaimed Leading Innovation Executive Seminar at the University Of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business for more than 10 years and was awarded a Batten Fellowship in Innovation.    He is the author of 17 books, which have been translated into 25 different languages. Michael has served as an executive coach and leadership development consultant for organizations including Dupont, Genetech, KPMG, Merck, Microsoft and YPO.

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