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Grace under Pressure
A Masterclass in Public Speaking

  • Lisa Wentz - Public Speaking Coach, San Francisco, Bay Area, US


July 2019 | 220 pages | SAGE Response
Grace under Pressure is a perfect book focused on improving your public speaking skills from novice to master.

The book focuses on the issue of public speaking by unveiling three areas of training: how an individual can overcome his/her inner obstacles and focus on developing outward presence; how can one can best develop the physical aspects of speech, including posture, breathing, resonance, and articulation; and how to give the final delivery from pauses to storytelling to improve one’s performance. The book contains success stories of individuals who suffered from the syndrome of stage fright and were able to overcome it with the help of certain techniques. The author has shared such success stories.

 Lisa Wentz has spent the past decade helping professional and amateur public speakers overcome blocks, develop their voices and craft their delivery. Her background includes extensive study in psychology and ten years of professional acting training and live performance. She moved to London, UK, to earn a master’s degree in Voice and Speech Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Upon returning to the US, she founded the San Francisco Voice Center in 2008 and has since coached public speaking clients from 37 countries.

 
INTRODUCTION
 
PART ONE: WHAT HOLDS US BACK
 
INTRODUCTION
 
STAGE FRIGHT
Anxiety, Automatic Responses and Coping Mechanisms  
 
FALSE BELIEFS
Compare and Despair, Impostor Syndrome and Early Messaging  
 
THE INNER CRITIC
Repetitive Trauma, Single-Incident Trauma, Pressure and Neglect  
 
PHYSICAL HABITS AND CHALLENGES
Unconscious Patterns and Physical Compensation after Injury  
 
PART TWO: VOCAL TRAINING
 
INTRODUCTION
 
POSTURE AND COORDINATION
The Foundation of Presence  
 
BREATHING
Reducing Nerves and Supporting Your Voice  
 
RESONANCE
Increasing the Richness of Your Voice  
 
ARTICULATION
Shaping Sound to Be Heard  
 
PART THREE: DELIVERY
 
INTRODUCTION
 
PURPOSE AND SETTING
Why Are You Speaking and Whom Are You Speaking to?  
 
STRUCTURE AND STORYTELLING
Know Your Content, Tell a Story  
 
TONE, PACING, PAUSINGAND BODY LANGUAGE
Matching Delivery and Content  
 
PRESENCE
Being a Leader and Motivating Others  
 
SUMMARY
Bringing It All Together: A Delivery Checklist  
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Essential tools to develop your speaking skills from novice to master.

“Lisa Wentz draws on the breadth of her deep understanding of professional vocal training and Alexander technique to provide a practical and inspiring course which readers can use to step up not only as public speakers, but also in the rest of their lives. I particularly loved the client stories Lisa draws on to bring the principles to vivid life. Bravo!”

Caroline Goyder,
author of Gravitas: Communicate with Confidence, Influence and Authority

“Lisa Wentz has developed a clear, systematic analysis to train speakers. Working physically and mentally, she attacks core conceits and ideas which prevent people from expressing themselves confidently and authentically.”

Peter Coyote,
American film actor, narrator of 175 documentaries and author of Sleep Where I Fall and The Rainman’s Third Cure

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Lisa Wentz

Lisa Wentz has spent the past decade dedicating her life to helping professional and amateur public speakers overcome blocks, develop their voices and craft their delivery. Her background includes extensive study in psychology and ten years of professional acting training and live performance. She moved to London, UK, to earn a master’s degree in Voice and Speech Studies at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Upon returning to the US, she founded the San Francisco Voice Center in 2008 and has since coached public speaking clients from 37 countries. More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353286095
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