Lessons from the Podium

Public Speaking as a Leadership Art
By Steven D. Cohen
©2011, 144 pages

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    Powerful public speakers often seem magical. They have an incredible ability to impress their audience and convey leadership savvy every time they speak.

    In Lessons from the Podium: Public Speaking as a Leadership Art, public speaking expert Steven D. Cohen lifts the curtain to reveal the techniques effective presenters use to craft powerful speeches, engage audiences, and lead through discourse. Moving beyond the fundamental concepts of speech preparation and basic speaking techniques, Lessons from the Podium encourages readers to identify their baseline public speaking ability and significantly improve upon that ability. By engaging in advanced speech construction exercises and studying sophisticated delivery concepts, readers will break bad habits, master the art of the first impression, improve emotional resonance, and learn how to expertly drive home key concepts in order to influence, educate, or inspire.

    Whether you’re a novice public speaker looking to find your voice or a seasoned orator who wants to take your speeches to the next level, Lessons from the Podium is the book that will unlock your true presenter potential.

    Steven D. Cohen is a leading expert on public speaking and effective presentation skills. A professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, he is well known for helping leaders and professionals speak with authority, confidence, and influence. Dr. Cohen has been quoted in publications such as the Financial Times, Slate, HuffPost, and New York Magazine. He also was featured in the BBC Radio documentary “Churchill’s Secret Cabinet.” Dr. Cohen earned a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

    To learn more about Dr. Cohen, please visit www.stevendcohen.net.

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    This book is a terrific guide for every speaker who wants to learn how to lead through speech. A master speaker himself, Steven Cohen offers valuable strategies for preparing and presenting speeches that connect with listeners. This is a 'must-have' book for speakers who are serious about their professional presence.
    –Andrew D. Wolvin, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Maryland

    Steven captures his own inspirational presentation style by speaking directly to his readers. He makes them want to become better public speakers, and he gives them the tools to do it.
    –Marie Danziger, Director, Communications Program, Harvard Kennedy School