Why did I pick this book?

This is one area, that gives me the jitters. Every time I am (which are far and few) at a stage to give a lecture, all my arm chair philosophies get grounded. If I feel I have to be a slave for the rest of my life, I would willingly do it if I am spared from the arduous nightmare of taking the stage.

So, what I fear is a topic that I am interested and overcoming that fear is something that I fight relentlessly.

I have to accept that this fear is something that I have not gotten over with.

What do I like about the book?

The author’s earlier book ‘The Art of Project Management’ is  a very well written narrative and this one does not disappoint either. The author’s trajectory about public speaking is no different from mine , but he was willing to do something about it, conquer it and write a book about it.

What is one interesting idea that I learned?

Like every other field, getting used to public speaking is no rocket science. ‘Practice’, ‘Practice’ and ‘Practice’ is the theme that recurs throughout the book.  The book elaborates on the science of preparation and academically I am able to appreciate that.

How long would it take?

3 -4 hours

Paras or Quotes that I liked

To prepare well, you must do four things

  • Take a strong position in the title
  • Think carefully about your specific audience
  • Make your specific points as concise as possible
  • Know the likely, counterarguments from an intelligent, expert audience

A title divides the universe into what you will talk about and what you won’t. There are million ways to do this, but most of them are boring. If you can’t figure out a smart way to divide up the topic, odds are poor that you’ll find useful points to make. If you had only one single point, what would it be ? That’s what your title should communicate.

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)