52 Weeks, 52 Books – Week 3, Book 3

This week’s book has actually been a few weeks in progress and is one of the many books I listen to rather than read. My job involves a lot of travelling, and one of the things that passes the time while I’m driving is to listen to audio books of all types. This one happened to be Speak with Impact by Allison Shapira.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time speaking in front of other people for various reasons, but I found that my speaking skills have been slipping over the past few years. Just a few months ago, what I had planned as an impactful (if short) 3 minute speech did not go well for me, so I decided that I needed to revisit some of the basics of speaking. The personable and warm feel to this book made me feel comfortable, even as I was challenged about some of my own arrogance.

While I was a bit put off by the constant referrals to the website associated with the book (though I’ll admit it was useful in getting me to remember and visit the site), I found this to be useful and insightful. I had reached a point where I was actually quite arrogant about my speaking skills, so much so that I thought I could be impactful without rehearsing. Turns out that my arrogance was a problem…as arrogance usually is!

The reminder of some of the basics of good speaking and good speechwriting have made me recognize some of my self-defeating behaviours and the ways in which I sabotage myself. Whether you are speaking in public regularly, or just trying to be more confident in how you speak in meetings, this is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone who has to speak in any type of setting.

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