Public Speaking For Dummies by Malcolm Kushner

Tried-and-true tips for dazzling your audience, conquering your public speaking jitters and delivering a dynamite speech.

Anxious About Public Speaking?

Have no fear!


Use this friendly guide as your personal arsenal of tools to overcome stage fright and build a rapport with your audience. From researching your topic and preparing the room to crafting a riveting address, these savvy tips will help you deliver a masterful presentation.


  • Explanations in plain English;
  • ‘Get in, get out’ information;
  • Icons and other navigational aids;
  • Tear-out cheat sheet; top ten lists; and
  • A dash of humor and fun.


  • speak with confidence;
  • create spectacular visual aids;
  • add power with body language;
  • address international and virtual audiences; and,
  • answer questions the right way.



Part I: Getting Started.

  • Chapter 1: Giving a Speech.
  • Chapter 2: Getting Ready to Speak.
  • Chapter 3: Making the Most of Research.
  • Chapter 4: Organizing Your Speech.

Part II: Preparing Your Speech.

  • Chapter 5: Body Building: Strengthening the Content of Your Speech.
  • Chapter 6: Getting Off on the Right Foot: Introductions.
  • Chapter 7: All’s Well That Ends Well: Conclusions.

Part III: Making Your Speech Sparkle.

  • Chapter 8: Making Sense of Your Speech
  • Chapter 9: Getting the Words Right
  • Chapter 10: Making Eye Contact Count: Visual Aids.

Part IV: Delivering Your Speech

  • Chapter 11: Overcoming Stage Fright.
  • Chapter 12: Body Language: What’s Out, What’s In, and What’s International.
  • Chapter 13: Handling Questions.
  • Chapter 14: Handling the Audience.

Part V: Common Speaking Situations.

  • Chapter 15: Speaking to the City Council and School Board.
  • Chapter 16: Small Talk: Impromptu Speaking and Introducing Other Speakers.
  • Chapter 17: Panels and Roundtables.
  • Chapter 18: Debates.
  • Chapter 19: International Speaking.
  • Chapter 20: Virtual Meetings: Phone, Video, and Web.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

  • Chapter 21: Ten Types of Humor That Anyone Can Use.
  • Chapter 22: Ten Things to Check Before You Speak.Index.


Malcolm Kushner is an internationally acclaimed expert on humor and communication who has been profiled in a number of publications and appeared on CNN, NPR, and The Larry King Show


Format: Paperback, 288 pages, 2nd Revised edition Edition
Published In: United States, 07 May 2004
Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
ISBN: 0764559540
EAN: 9780764559549
Dimensions: 23.0 x 161.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.32 kg)