Purpose-Centered Public Speaking is a work of some ten chapters offered as nearly 200
pages. Included within the covers are Preface, Foreword, Introduction, Final Thoughts,
Appendix and Resources in addition to the chapter work.
Dr. Rodriguez notes, ‘This book, which is directed to active and aspiring speakers, teaches one how to build a purpose-centered presentation from start to finish.’ He goes on to state the goal intended is to provide readers with a verified, workable, organized approach for speaking which is intended to facilitate both novice as well as veteran speakers toward development and delivery of focused talks that bring into being a preferred outcome.
Chapter 1 entitled Courage Under Fire sets the tone for those wrestling with fear of speaking before groups. Dr. Rodriguez notes that generally, speaking in public is not hazardous to your health. He notes several well known exceptions from history; Christ and Dr Martin Luther King who were killed, but whose messages continue to inspire.
Chapter 2 addresses the vital questions regarding to whom the speaker is addressing, how much time is available for the speech, what subject is to be addressed and what the desired outcome is.
Chapter 3 leads the reader toward understanding how to identify the subject, while
Chapter 4 suggests beginning at the end.
Chapter 5 was one that I found particularly edifying. Dr. Rodriguez suggests hiding the structure and suggests various methods for preparing for the speech. Included are manuscript method, outline method, keyword outline method and the importance of practice as well as movement method.
Chapter 6 and the Ninety Second Rule introduces four essentials including how to capture audience attention, how to surface a need in the listener, how to identify the subject and point to the desired outcome. How to prepare a ten minute talk on any subject is filled with excellent suggestions.
I enjoyed Chapter 7 as Dr. Rodriguez illustrates Pointed as vs Pointless Illustrations.
Chapter 8 and the strong finish helped to round out the learning to be gained.
Chapters 9 and 10 offer a model of a purpose-centered talk and presentation tips.
All in all I found Dr. Rodriguez’ purpose driven Public Speaking to be very informative,
highly readable and filled with much to pique the interest. Despite my having been in
the classroom for many years; I found much to consider as I contemplate future
speaking I may find myself undertaking.
I found Purpose-Centered Public Speaking aids development as a successful speaker by
showing workable, lucid methods for dealing with natural nervousness and qualms
associated with speaking in public. Straightforward, frank information augmented by
first-rate personal anecdotes and intriguing graphics kept me reading as I gleaned
more information regarding how to ready and bring off focused discussion,
presentations, and dialogue that lead to hoped for, planned results.
The purpose-centered approach for public speaking preparation provides speakers a determined objective to aid as the speaker begins to line up each of the elements of the talk. I found this insight into public speaking to be stimulating, intriguing and perceptive. From hiding the structure of the talk itself to the 4 vital questions to creating a purposeful talk with a strong introduction, pointed illustrations and action oriented conclusion as well as discussion of pointed as opposed to pointless illustrations; I found Purpose-Centered Public Speaking to be a dandy book sure to facilitate critical thinking skills for those aiming to produce a focused, sensible and dynamic talk.
Whether novice speaker or veteran, occasional or regular speaker; Purpose-Centered Public Speaking offers a firm basis regarding fundamentals of public speaking for those who find themselves speaking in public now and again as well as being a useful and supportive energizer for those that may find themselves speaking to an assembly on a regular basis.
On the pages of Purpose-Centered Public Speaking, Gary Rodriguez helps remove much of the dread many harbor regarding public speaking. Rodriguez calls upon his years of speaking experience to provide a dandy plan of action for guiding the reader toward becoming a focused, unafraid, well prepared public speaker. Written with kindliness and filled with wittiness, excellent concepts and principles; Purpose-Centered Public Speaking is informative, heartening, edifying and revitalizing.
Happy to recommend Dr. Gary Rodriguez’ Purpose-Centered Public Speaking How to Develop and Deliver Purposeful Talks, Speeches, and Presentations with Less Fear andMore Confidence.
I do not keep all books I receive for review, Dr. Rodriguez’ Purpose-Centered Public Speaking is one such edition that I will be adding to my own library shelf.