Alan Mars is the author of ‘Confidence Tricks – Presenter’ a book on public speaking and presentation skills. He has taken the best techniques from the performing arts and adapted them for use in the workplace.
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In April of this year – 2013 – I had a panic attack! My daughter’s wedding was just 8 weeks away and I would have to face my greatest fear: public speaking. I had to do something urgently as the up-coming event was making me physically ill; such was my fear. So I Googled and found that Alan lived just 15 minutes away from me in Hove. So I booked a few 121 lessons and bought this book. I read it cover to cover and practiced simple breathing techniques, how to stand properly and reading out loud to project my voice. My confidence grew week on week and I practiced my speech. On the day I felt nervous but fine. The wedding organiser said it was one of the best speeches he had ever heard; all thanks to Alan and this wonderful book; a must get!
By Rick Clarke21-Jan-2014
I would heartily recommend this book to anyone wanting to improve their presenting skills or feel more comfortable – and even begin to enjoy! – speaking in public. I have been taking Alexander Lessons with Alan for the past few years and whilst some knowledge of the Alexander technique is helpful in getting the most from this book it is by no means a prerequisite.Alan writes in a very warm and accessible way drawing on a wealth of theoretical knowledge and practical experiential know how. The book is generously packed with easy to understand practical tips, tricks and exercises that address all the stages from preparing to delivering a presentation. Whilst this book is seriously good it is based upon ‘playful experimentation’ rather than serious or earnest striving to master public speaking. Confidence Tricks does exactly what it says on the tin and allows you to add Alan to your own personal claque – you will have to read the book to find out what a claque is!.