Tips of the Tongue: The Nonnative English Speaker’s Guide to Mastering Public Speaking
Wed March 21 2018, at 9:00 AM
Nonnative English speakers face unique challenges when trying to get their ideas across in a presentation. Tips of the Tongue: The Nonnative English Speaker’s Guide to Mastering Public Speaking helps global professionals improve their confidence, competence, and cultural comfort when presenting in English. Here you’ll find a wealth of tips, tricks, and techniques to help you deliver a presentation in English that is professional, persuasive, and powerful.

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The Book

Dozens of books provide instruction in how to improve your presentation skills. After all,   public speaking is on most people’s top ten list of things to avoid (and for some people, it’s on their top one list). But for a growing subset of global business professionals—those who need to present in English when English isn’t their native language—the anxiety related to speaking in public is even more pronounced. Considering the language barriers they need to overcome, the cultural norms they need to learn, and the general challenges associated with public speaking, nonnative English speakers have it harder than most.

This book makes it easier.

Tips of the Tongue: The Nonnative English Speaker’s Guide to Mastering Public Speaking, is a practical, tactical, and supportive how-to book aimed at addressing the unique problems that nonnative English speakers experience when they attempt to deliver a presentation in public.

Specifically, this book covers 10 essential skills that all speakers, but especially nonnative English speakers, need to master. In this book you will learn how to

  1. Design an effective structure for your presentation to help you stay focused and on topic.
  2. Establish a positive and productive rapport with your audience.
  3. Use simple and specific language to explain yourself clearly and eloquently.
  4. Employ effective gestures, movement, and facial expressions.
  5. Project your voice for maximum impact.
  6. Engage your audience by partnering with them.
  7. Rehearse sufficiently to sound spontaneous.
  8. Respect gender roles in different cultures.
  9. Become more culturally aware of your audience’s frame of reference.
  10. Control the Q&A.

 

What Our Readers Are Saying
 
The Nonnative English English Speaker’s Guide to Master Public Speaking” is a gem with its simple, yet powerful, tools and advice.  Having worked in several countries with a highly diverse cross cultural workforce, this book is a reminder that people can make deep and meaningful connections with their audience without ever mastering the local language.
Maeve Coburn
Senior Vice President

L’Oreal Learning for Transformation, Americas

 

As a communication professor, I’m so excited to have this great resource to offer my nonnative English speaking students who give presentations. It has practical advice and general wisdom that will be immediately relevant not just to nonnative English presenters but to anyone who gives presentations.

Rebecca Heino
Executive Director & Faculty of Communication

Columbia University

 
 
If you ever present, read this book! It is a clear and concise collection of tools and techniques, written from a practitioner’s standpoint. Being German myself, and having worked in international roles for many years, I had to learn some of the lessons described in here the hard way. And frequently standing in front of American, British or Australian audiences, I have experienced my share of nerve-wracking moments. I wish I had this book available earlier in my career because it provides some of the simplest yet highly effective ways to make an impact. By the way, despite its title and primary target audience, a lot of these principles apply to most any presenter, regardless of their mother tongue. So, even if your first language is English I will repeat my advice: if you ever present, read this book!
Timo Gorner
Director of OD and Training

Fox Entertainment Group

 

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