exceptional-speaker-bookJust as a well written article or book is a pleasure to read, so a well delivered speech is a joy to hear. Usually articles and books are edited prior to publication, and once in print don’t change. Not so the spoken word. Exceptional speaking may be related to the art of mimicry, but those that do it well will concede that it is a learned skill, and one historically mastered by few, rather than many. Indeed, exceptional speakers are highly sought after and well paid for a 40 minute keynote speech.


The good news is that exceptional speaking can be learned. It just takes perseverance and a bit of practice.


The multitude of tips contained in these pages is for that very purpose, dear reader: To help you become better and more confident at speaking to an audience. And to thoroughly enjoy yourself whilst doing so.

For whom is this book written? Professional speakers will find a treasure trove of useful tips in these pages. But it is also for toastmasters, presenters and people who may speak to an audience no more than once or twice a year – or even less.

How should one read such a book? Those that derive an income from speaking (or wish to) may prefer to read the book from cover to cover more than once, making notes as they go. Others may prefer to use this as a reference book, delving only into the specific chapters required. You choose for yourself how you can best use this book. If you speak to audiences, no matter what the context, there’s plenty here for you. If you’re short of time and would like just a short glimpse per chapter or a refresher, page to the end of that chapter for “Key Lessons”.

We’d love to hear of your speaking experiences, or if you have enjoyed the book or specific parts of it, or applied some of the principles to your speaking, do drop us a note at pdt@congruence.co.za or alan@mediacoach.co.uk. Who knows, your story might appear in a blog on our website www.exceptionalspeaker.com