Anyone in need of an easily understood self-help book to polish speaking skills will embrace this handy guide. It is based on solid, tried and true, linguistic techniques. Starting with the importance of a competent speaking voice, the development of the vocal instrument, and its use and care, the text moves step-by-step through the English language, based on the International Phonetic Alphabet-the consonants, vowels, and syllables-and their correct pronunciation and placement. The art of public speaking is addressed with helpful information on managing notes, microphones, body language, and even stage fright. The end result can be the ability to meet the challenges of communication technology and English as a second language world wide. An accompanying CD offers advice on speech giving and explains why speaking clearly is so important.
Lillian Brown is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and Yale Women's Campaign School and a guest lecturer at George Washington University, George Mason University, and elections seminars. She is also a radio host and producer of "The Georgetown Forum" broadcast on National Public Radio and Armed Forces Satellite Transmitted Radio Service, Voice of America. She serves as a media consultant and voice coach to diplomats, business executives, athletes, politician, and public speakers-specializing in English as a first or second language. Brown has authored several books, including Your Public Best: The Complete Guide to Making Successful Public Appearances in the Meeting Room, on the Platform, and on TV, and The Polished Politician: The Political Candidate's Personal Handbook.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgment Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 1. The Importance of a Competent Speaking Voice Chapter 4 2. English as a First Language Chapter 5 3. How English Evolved Chapter 6 4. The International Phonetic Alphabet Chapter 7 5. Vocabulary Chapter 8 6. English as a Second Language Chapter 9 7. Your Vocal Instrument Chapter 10 8. Public Speaking Chapter 11 9. The Media Chapter 12 10. Voice Recognition Chapter 13 11. Conclusion Chapter 14 Some Memorable Voices Chapter 15 Bibliography Chapter 16 About the Author