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要提高讲话水平,请读这些书

Moira Lawler,Monster 2017年06月24日

你无论要在一群投资者面前讲话还是在论坛发表主旨演说,读一读这几本书能帮你进入状态。

无论你从事哪种行业,随着责任变大,公开讲话的机会也会增多。

除了向客户介绍工作情况,你也许还要向董事会成员作汇报,在大会上发言,做主旨演讲,甚至接受媒体采访。虽然这些可能成为新的岗位要求,但你也许没接受过这方面的培训。

不用担心。除了参加公开演讲培训班和参与公开发言,还有一些关于公开讲话的书籍可以帮你成为用人单位渴求的那种有信心、善言辞的员工,他们会希望由你来推介他们的品牌。

Monster网站和一些专家进行了交流,目的是找到演讲指导书籍,以解决一系列普遍存在的问题并介绍几种大家或许需要做好准备的情况。基于其中某一本书进行足够的训练后,你就会进入状态,无论是在一群投资者面前讲话还是发表主旨演说。毕竟,有效而自信地讲话会有助于你的职业发展,无论你是对目前的职位感到满意,还是正在Monster上找工作。

最能提升自信

《惹不起的你:怎样停止质疑自己的卓越之处并开始过上精彩的生活》(You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life),作者:珍·辛西罗

“在工作中围绕公开讲话跟客户打交道时,我发现他们普遍怀疑自己。我见过客户不相信自己的技巧和能力,而且认为自己的技能不如同行。辛西罗的书直指这种自我怀疑,正是它在妨碍人们发言、做演讲以及和这个世界分享他们的才能。另外,这本书给人动力、有趣,读者也很容易把它和自己的情况联系起来。”

—克里斯蒂·海斯,学士、注册职业顾问、职业发展机构Wolfgang Career Coaching顾问兼教练,得克萨斯州奥斯汀

最能增加幽默感

《道格·史蒂文森的故事剧场法》(Doug Stevenson's Story Theater Method),作者:道格·史蒂文森、山姆·霍恩

“许多精彩演说,甚至是商业性发言的核心都是故事,特别是个人故事。许多演讲者都觉得‘讲故事很难’。他们尤其不知道怎样变得幽默起来。道格·史蒂文森非常善于帮人编织故事并‘找到其中的笑点’。”

—唐·马鲁斯卡,商业教练,办公室设在加利福尼亚州莫洛湾

最能克服怯场心理

《成为史上最无敌的演讲者:打破规则、犯错误并把他们争取过来》(Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over),作者:凯伦·霍夫

“这本书的有用之处在于它的作者并不是什么有天赋的演讲者,而是曾经和读者处于同样状态的人——她在提高演讲水平的过程中犯了各式各样的错误。读‘专家’的作品往往让人惶恐,知道作者是‘我们芸芸众生中的一员’,像我们一样害怕过,也像我们一样错误百出则会消除这种惶恐不安的感觉。”

—比尔·特雷热,管理人员咨询机构Giant Leap Consulting首席激励官,北卡罗莱纳州阿什维尔

最适合苹果粉丝

《史蒂夫·乔布斯作报告秘籍:怎样在任何观众面前都酷毙了》(The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience),作者:卡迈恩·加洛

“无论介绍什么,图片(或者生动的例子)都胜过千言万语。把史蒂夫·乔布斯作为展示核心概念的‘图片’非常有效。它让这个学习过程变得很有吸引力。在YouTube上观看乔布斯的演讲,然后发现所有的要点都活灵活现也会变得易如反掌。”

—罗伯·赫尔曼,Hellman Career Consulting总裁,纽约市

最能消除演讲前的紧张

《秘密》(The Secret),作者:朗达·拜恩

“这本书的内容就是具体展示一个人的成功以及所谓‘吸引法则’的力量。它对此的理念是,如果高管们总是把注意力集中在自己如何不善于公开讲话以及是怎样的紧张,他们在讲话时就总会焦虑不安。”

—凯特·卢波,公开讲话和职业前景教练,纽约市

最能治愈冒名顶替综合症

《出场:用最勇敢的自己面对最大的挑战》(Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges),作者:艾米·卡迪

“卡迪阐述了怎样通过姿势、手势、声调和面部表情等非语言沟通方式的调整来增强个人信心、冲击力和影响力,甚至是细微的调整。‘假装成功,直到你真的成功’,这样的想法确实有效;随着你让自己相信你控制着自己的思想、情绪和行为(包括那些非语言沟通行为),你就会真的进入角色。”

—朱迪·迈克尔,高管教练,芝加哥

最适于完善短时演讲

《效仿Ted演讲者:全球顶尖头脑的九个公开讲话秘诀》(Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds),作者:卡迈恩·加洛

“观众想听简短而吸引人的演讲。实际上,现在有些会议会给发言人15-20分钟的讲话时间。卡迈恩·加洛了解这种方式,也知道怎样付诸实施。”

—唐·马鲁斯卡(财富中文网)

原文最初刊登在Monster.com网站。

译者:Charlie

Read These Books to Improve Your Public Speaking

Photograph by Photofusion—UIG via Getty Images

Regardless of what industry you’re in, as your responsibilities increase, so do your opportunities for public speaking.

In addition to sharing work with clients, you may find yourself presenting to board members, speaking at conferences, delivering a keynote, or even speaking to the media. And while these may become new job requirements, they may not be skills you’ve trained for.

Fear not. Aside from taking public speaking classes and practicing speaking in public , there are books on public speaking that can help you become the kind of confident and persuasive employee that companies crave—and want to have representing their brand.

Monster spoke with several experts to find books that offer public speaking tips that address a variety of common challenges, and the types of situations you may need to prepare for. Pair one of these books with plenty of practice and you’ll be set—whether you’re talking in front of a group of investors or delivering a keynote. Because after all, speaking effectively and confidently can help advance your career , whether you’re happy in your current role or searching for your next job on Monster.

Best for boosting self-confidence

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

“In my work with clients around public speaking, I have seen a common theme of self-doubt. I've seen clients express that they don't believe in their own skills and abilities and view their skills or abilities as less than their peers. Sincero's book takes a direct approach to the self-doubt that is holding people back from speaking up, presenting, and sharing their talents with the world. Bonus: It's motivating, funny, and easy to relate to.”

—Christie Hays, MA, LPC, a counselor and coach with Wolfgang Career Coaching in Austin, Texas

Best for adding humor

Doug Stevenson's Story Theater Method by Doug Stevenson and Sam Horn

“At the heart of many great presentations—even business talks—are stories, especially personal stories. Many speakers feel ‘story challenged.’ They particularly struggle with how to be humorous. Doug Stevenson is excellent at helping people develop their stories and ‘find their funny.’”

—Don Maruska, a business coach based in Morro Bay, California, and author of How Great Decisions Get Made.

Best for conquering stage fright

Be the Best Bad Presenter Ever: Break the Rules, Make Mistakes, and Win Them Over by Karen Hough

"This book is helpful because it’s not written by some naturally gifted presenter. It’s written by someone who has been where the reader has been: someone who did everything wrong before getting better as a presenter. Knowing that the author is 'one of us regular folks' and has experienced our fears and has made all the mistakes we have takes away the intimidation that often comes with reading a book by an 'expert.'"

—Bill Treasurer, chief encouragement officer at Giant Leap Consulting in Asheville, North Carolina

Best for Apple lovers

The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience by Carmine Gallo

“In any presentation, a picture (or a good example) paints a thousand words. And using Steve Jobs as the ‘picture’ to illustrate the key concepts is highly effective. It makes the learning stick. It’s so easy to go to YouTube, watch a video of one of Jobs’ presentations, and see all the points come to life.”

—Rob Hellman, president of New York City-based Hellman Career Consulting and author of Peak Presentations

Best for calming pre-speech nerves

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

“This book is all about visualizing one's success, and the power of what is called the ‘law of attraction.’ In this case, it's the idea that if executives constantly focus on being bad public speakers and how nervous they are, they will always be nervous when they speak.”

—Kate Lupo, a public speaking and visibility coach in New York City

Best for those suffering from impostor syndrome

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

“Cuddy describes how making even minor adjustments to your non-verbal communication, including your posture, gestures, tone of voice, and facial expressions, can significantly enhance your confidence, impact, and influence. The notion that you can ‘fake it until you make it’ truly works; as you convince yourself that you are in control of your thoughts, moods, and behaviors (including your non-verbal communication), you actually shift into the driver’s seat.”

—Jody Michael, Chicago-based executive coach

Best for perfecting a short presentation

Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo

“Audiences want short, compelling presentations. In fact, some conferences now include opportunities for presenters to give 15-to-20-minute talks. Carmine Gallo understands this medium and how to deliver.”

—Maruska

This article originally appeared on Monster.com.

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