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  • Book Review: The New Talkpower

    by Mitchell Levine

    In the introduction to her latest book, The New Talkpower, Natalie Rogers relates the story of one of her seminar students, a full Colonel in the USAF, who ruefully told her “If you put a gun to my head I would be able to face [dying] with dignity; put me in front of a group and I would totally fall apart.”

    Even a hardened military veteran, unafraid of staring down the barrel of an enemy weapon, could vapor-lock in anticipation of the stressful act of getting up before an assembled group and making a speech, regardless of how short or extensively prepared it might be. And yet, as she demonstrates, the ability to accomplish this is a necessary skill for the pursuit of advancement and self-fulfillment in many areas of life today.

    In this newly expanded edition of the print version of her seminar, the author provides a practical program which addresses the psychological roots of Public Speaking Phobia. Through correct breathing techniques, visualization and proven rehearsal methods, she outlines a system which has been used successfully by executives at major corporations like IBM and Texaco, as well as the United Nations. If you have a need to overcome this debilitating anxiety and cannot attend a workshop, buy a copy of this book and see why the Kirkus Review has proclaimed it “probably the best speaking guide around... a Godsend altogether for those tied up in knots.” #

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