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Roar: Ten Simple and Easy Methods on How To Be Successful in Public Speaking by Mike Harris is the self-help book you need before your next public speech. The author outlines 10 basic ways to improve communicating in public. This book isn't directed at professional speakers only, or for just one type of profession or event. These methods can be used by young and old alike, whether it's getting your point across at a community town hall meeting, giving an oral book report at school, or speaking at a political, faith-based, or social event. Regardless of who you are or where you come from, most people are a little apprehensive about speaking in public. But this book helps alleviate some of the jitters. It helps you stay focused and realize that you can get through it and that it can be easier than you think, but it takes preparation, some relaxation, and sometimes even some notes and rehearsal.
Some of the ideas that Harris covers include Power Words, Pausing, Body Language, Visualization, Purpose, and more. As you read, you'll wonder why we make it so hard to speak in public when it doesn't have to be. These tips will make the process easier. You may still have a few butterflies, but you can be confident that you can get your points across and reach your goals. I like that Harris offers real-life examples of good speeches and powerful speakers, including famous quotations, and talks about public speaking in general. For example, do you know the health benefits of smiling? Words are important. Words are precious. Words can move people and change history. If public speaking is something you'd like to improve upon, or have avoided because you feel insecure or ill-equipped, this little but powerful book called Roar by Mike Harris can change things for you.