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Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 I can’t see you naked

  2. Chapter 2 The attack of the butterflies

    1. What to do before you speak

  3. Chapter 3 $30,000 an hour

  4. Chapter 4 How to work a tough room

  5. Chapter 5 Do not eat the microphone

    1. Photos you don’t expect to see

  6. Chapter 6 The science of not boring people

    1. Set the pace

    2. Direct the attention (“What am I looking at and why?”)

    3. Play the part: you’re the star

    4. Know what happens next

    5. Tension and release

    6. Get the audience involved

    7. You are judge, jury, and executioner

    8. Always end early

  7. Chapter 7 Lessons from my 15 minutes of fame

    1. We perform all the time

    2. Teleprompters (and memorization) are evil

  8. Chapter 8 The things people say

    1. The sneaky lessons of Dr. Fox

    2. Why most speaker evaluations are useless

    3. The speaker must match the audience

    4. Expert feedback you can get right now

  9. Chapter 9 The clutch is your friend

    1. Why teaching is almost impossible

    2. How to teach anyone anything

  10. Chapter 10 Confessions

    1. Backstage notes

  1. Appendix The little things pros do

    1. The confidence monitor

    2. The countdown timer

    3. The remote control

    4. Give stuff away to fill the front row

    5. Hide your microphone (and wear a collar)

    6. We don’t need no stinking badges

    7. Lectern vs. podium

    8. Work the camera

  2. Appendix How to make a point

    1. Being silent makes your points

  3. Appendix What to do if your talk sucks

    1. Why your talk might suck

    2. Medium list of little things

  4. Appendix What to do when things go wrong

    1. You’re being heckled

    2. Everyone is staring at their laptops

    3. Your time slot gets cut from 45 minutes to 10

    4. Everyone in the room hates you

    5. One guy won’t stop asking questions

    6. There is a rambling question that makes no sense and takes three minutes to ask

    7. You are asked an impossible question

    8. The microphone breaks

    9. Your laptop explodes

    10. There is a typo on your slide (nooooo!)

    11. You’re late for your own talk

    12. You feel sick

    13. You’re running out of time

    14. You left your slide deck at home

    15. Your hosts are control freaks

    16. You have a wardrobe malfunction

    17. There are only five people in the audience

    18. What to do if your situation is not here

  5. Appendix You can’t do worse than this

    1. Does anyone speak Georgian?

    2. What to do when the SWAT team comes

    3. A funny thing happened on my way to the stage

    4. Death by lecture

    5. CEO demo gone wrong

    6. Do not set anything on fire

    7. No one likes surprise porn

    8. I see sleeping people

    9. At worst we will shoot you

    10. Don’t blame the trains

    11. You work where?

    12. Watch your slides

    13. Why you don’t want to be up against Bono

    14. You will never speak of this to anyone

    15. Watch where you sit

    16. Please make a new talk and give it five minutes from now

    17. Check your mirror

    18. Waterproofing cannot save you

    19. Why you should not lecture in bars

  6. Appendix Research and recommendations

    1. Annotated bibliography

    2. Studying comedians

    3. Ranked bibliography

    4. Other research sources

  7. Appendix How to help this book: a request

  8. Appendix Acknowledgments

  9. Appendix Photo credits

  10. Appendix

  11. Colophon