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7 steps to fearless speaking
Wilder, Lilyan.
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [1999]

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vii, 227 pages ; 23 cm
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"Lilyan Wilder has trained more broadcasters, politicians, and business executives than anybody." - Charles Osgood, Anchor, CBS News Sunday Morning.

When people say they′d rather die than address an audience, they′re not kidding. Fear of public speaking has even topped death in some surveys. But now top communications consultant Lilyan Wilder offers some sound advice on how to overcome the crippling inhibition of public speaking. Her clients have included media icons Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose, former President George Bush, John Sculley, and Katharine Graham. 7 Steps to Fearless Speaking will teach you how to cope with the panic, avoidance, and trauma of speaking as you give the gift of your conviction and experience your voice for the first time.

"Lilyan Wilder is the industry′s undisputed grand dame of broadcast coaching." -The New York Times.

"Lilyan Wilder understands how to make the essential connection between a speaker and an audience. In this book, she tells you how to do it as she has told so well to so many famous communicators." -Charlie Rose.

"7 Steps to Fearless Speaking has helped me to speak with persuasion and conviction....Follow Wilder′s sage counsel, and you′ll find your public speaking much improved and more rewarding." -Ivan Seidenberg, Chairman and CEO, Bell Atlantic.

"Lilyan Wilder is simply the best. I continue to use many of her exercises on a daily basis. They′re wonderful." -Dr. Bob Arnot, Chief Medical Correspondent, NBC News.

"Lilyan Wilder is simply awesome, personally and professionally." -Maria Shriver, Correspondent, NBC News.

Author Notes

LILYAN WILDER is a communications consultant who has worked with the world′s most notable public figures, broadcast correspondents at ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN, and many Fortune 500 companies.

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Library Journal Review

Wilder, a professional consultant, shares her program to help even the most reluctant speaker gain confidence in making presentations. She focuses on two basic areas: technique and personality. The technical skills deal with discovering one's "authentic voice"Dthe voice that the speaker can use for extended periods and that offers variety, conviction, and resonance. In terms of making eye contact, she recommends talking to one person in the audience, achieving a reaction, and using this as a catalyst toward further interplay with the group. Wilder demonstrates through story and example why companies, and those they train to speak, need to find the fit between the speaker and the message. The steps she recommends offer very specific, time-tested methods for helping speakers find not only their authentic physical voice but their genuine connection with the message they wish to convey. If you buy only one audio program to help improve communication skills, this title should be considered. Highly recommended for public, academic, and corporate libraries.DKathleen A. Sullivan, Phoenix P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The Five Fears
Let's Get Started
Step One Experience Your Voice
Step Two Get a Response and Structure Your Thoughts
Step Three Establish a Dialogue
Step Four Tap Your Creativity
Step Five Learn to Persuade
Step Six Achieve Your Higher Objective
Step Seven Give the Gift of Your Conviction
The Seven Steps in Action
Special Situations
The First Aid Kit and the Emergency Kit
Be a Fearless Speaker Every Day
Selected Readings