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Reviewed by Tommy Wong for Readers' Favorite
Roar: Ten Simple and Easy Methods on How to be Successful in Public Speaking by Mike Harris is a book written by a well qualified and professionally trained public speaker. Mike Harris also has more than twenty years of public speaking experience. Hence, unsurprisingly, the book contains solid content on public speaking. After the introduction, the book contains ten chapters which are the ten methods that can help readers to speak better in public. The book is well written, and the content is presented logically from Chapter 1: Attention Grabber, to Chapter 4: Use Words Strategically, and then on to Chapter 9: The Closer. After the ten chapters, the book ends with a conclusion and a list of references.
In public speaking, it is undoubtedly important to get the audience’s attention at the beginning of a speech. In Roar, Mike Harris shares the story of a speaker burning food at the beginning of his speech. What an extraordinary way to get the audience’s attention without even saying a word and this is the kind of information contained in this book. I particularly like the real-life examples cited in the book, which show how the suggested methods have been used effectively. I also like the How to Apply sections which are extremely useful to readers who are attempting to use the methods. I’m in love with Chapter 10: It’s All About Love, which shows there is a place for agape, a Greek word for “unconditional love”, in public speaking. A really worthwhile read for those who aspire to be better public speakers!