Scarborough, QLD, Australia, June, 2014 - Public Speaking: Beyond Fear, the new book by Stephen Outram, is now available in paperback and ebook formats.
Public Speaking: Beyond Fear is designed for people who experience difficulty with public speaking and performance. It will also benefit people who think they have it all handled. What if your journey with public speaking was really an adventure unfolding before you with each new choice you make?
"As a teacher I communicate concepts and ideas, deliver instructions, present explanations and explore possibilities on a daily basis. Concepts presented by Stephen have made me question how I use language, and has made me explore new ways how to present and check for understanding."—Simone Phillips, Dip. Teach (Languages)
About Stephen Outram, MScCAAD, has a background in architecture followed by a career in graphic art and the Internet. He has written books, spoken and presented seminars globally. Stephen studied at Brisbane’s University of Technology in 1970 and returned to study in 1995 at Dundee University, Scotland. An active member of Toastmasters he was Club President, representing his club in speaking competitions and official events. He is author of several books and numerous Internet articles. stephenoutram.com
Book Review, for Toastmasters International Magazine, of Public Speaking: Beyond Fear
Reviewer: Jacqueline Hamilton. Toastmasters International. District 69, Area 6 Governor 2006-2007 (Australia).
I knew I was going to die when I first stepped into the arena of public speaking. My heart beat wildly, I was sweating, my knees shook so much I could barely stand … and yet what began as the worst day of my entire life turned into the most liberating and exhilarating that I have experienced. Once I had accepted my role I found myself firmly committed to becoming an able and effective communicator. And I think as Toastmasters we can all relate to that!
Speaking to an audience of your peers can be a daunting task if you are unwilling to receive judgment.
During a seminar I gave on public speaking, Dr. Andy Rogger-Amies described to me how he had once given a talk to a group of 20-30 medical colleagues. He was very careful about what he said in-case he said or did something stupid. Dr. Rogger-Amies thought that his peers might know more than he did and would judge him harshly for any slip-ups or indiscretion. This created a difficulty for him in delivering the speech because he was watching every word, and speaking from a place of protection.
Speaking in front of a group of professionals can be daunting if you are unwilling to receive their judgments as just an interesting point-of-view.