The Captivating Public Speaker

Engage, Impact, and Inspire Your Audience Every Time

Non-Fiction - Self Help
246 Pages
Reviewed on 10/02/2022
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Reviewed by Marie-Hélène Fasquel for Readers' Favorite

The Captivating Public Speaker: Engage, Impact, and Influence Your Audience Every Time by Peter George is a comprehensive guide. It appealed to me straight away as I always want to dig deeper into topics and improve what I do. As a speaker and also as a teacher, I benefited immensely from the author’s advice, experience, and comprehensive guidance. It is everything that was advertised and much more. The author explores all the areas that could prove difficult from before the talk to well afterward. He also focuses on the audience, not only on the speaker and the talk itself. This is excellent thinking as we do not usually get such complete and deep analysis. To top it all, this book is extremely well-written, engaging, fun, and serious at the same time.

The Captivating Public Speaker by Peter George is a fabulous guide that I highly recommend and that I would have loved to read before I gave my TEDx talk in Rennes, France! However, as I keep giving talks and am in front of an audience most days of the year as a teacher and trainer, it is still going to help me greatly. I already know that I will change a few things in the future. For instance, I will focus much more on the audience, manage my nerves (not my strongest suit) and try to tame the power of the pause. I will re-read passages as I get ready for talks and try Peter’s methods. Thank you so much for such an effective and amazing book that I’ll use regularly and promote without hesitation.

Pikasho Deka

Public speaking is not an easy task. Even people who are experts in their respective fields sometimes struggle to convey their ideas or convincingly share their knowledge with their audience. Through The Captivating Public Speaker: Engage, Impact, and Influence Your Audience Every Time, speaker and speaking coach Peter George seeks to help readers learn ways to engross their audience in a dynamic and captivating manner that is not only informational but also transforms the audience. George debunks some commonly held myths associated with public speaking. The book then delves into George's AMPD Framework, which includes dynamic strategies such as Researching Your Audience, Determining Your Message, Crafting Your Presentation, and Honing Your Delivery. George also emphasizes how important it is for speakers to draw from their own life experiences to connect with the audience.

In The Captivating Public Speaker, Peter George touches upon every aspect of public speaking. He offers a step-by-step set of guidelines for readers to help them improve their public speaking skills. The chapters are meticulously organized, and every topic is handled with in-depth detail. What makes this book so impressive to read is the fact that every aspect of the process is explained in an accessible style, making it easy for readers to grasp the concepts. It doesn't matter if you're a manager preparing for a presentation or a sports coach giving a speech in front of your team, The book will appeal to readers from a wide range of fields, where public speaking is a necessity.

K.C. Finn

The Captivating Public Speaker: Engage, Impact, and Influence Your Audience Every Time is a work of non-fiction in the self-help subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author Peter George. This book is a Bible for anyone who wishes to improve their public speaking skills, whether they be a beginner still conquering stage fright or a practiced professional looking to improve their skills even further. By using a simple-to-understand method for preparing to speak as well as developing an understanding of what helps to maintain audience attention, readers of this book can learn to captivate an audience in no time.

The secret to writing a self-help book that provides useful guidance to all readers no matter their experience is for the author to present their wisdom in the way a mechanic presents the contents of their toolbox. Different needs require different solutions and within this book, there is something for everyone no matter what their current skill level is. Author Peter George presents sound wisdom and excellent advice in an accessible and easy-to-navigate format, always managing to walk the line between friendly and knowledgeable. The result is an excellent collection of experienced-based lessons that the author makes available to the reader, addressing all of the areas of concern for people learning to speak in public, ranging from preparation to body language to remaining calm when things go awry. Overall, The Captivating Public Speaker is an essential tool for those whose career relies on being able to speak publicly, no matter their previous experience or area they wish to improve upon.