Community Leadership book cover

Table of Contents

  • Myths and Realities of Leadership 7
  • The Fear Factor in Public Speaking 9
  • Learning to Overcome 11

Chapter 1: Learning the Skills

  • Physical contact 13
  • Dress to improve mental attitude 13
  • Posture: With and without the podium 13
  • Using your eyes to connect with an audience 15
  • Body language: Gestures 15
  • Speaking voice 16
  • Be loud: Learning to increase the power of your voice 16
  • Be clear: Improving articulation 17
  • Be interesting: Practical ways to improve your voice 18
  • Practice reading exercises 20

Chapter 2: Organizing and presenting short talks

  • Clarifying your ideas: A talk to inform 23
  • Incident followed by a consequence 24
  • A talk to persuade 25
  • Impromptu and extemporaneous talk 26
  • A talk with a prop or visuals 27
  • Suggestions for using an aid 28
  • Tips for using computer slide presentations 29

Chapter 3: Preparing a longer talk

  • Structure 32
  • Opening your talk 33
  • Ending your talk 34
  • Persuading people to act 36
  • The editorial rant 38
  • How to introduce a speaker 40
  • How to thank a speaker 41
  • Answering questions at the end of speeches 42

Chapter 4: Leading a formal meeting

  • Positions and duties 44
  • The order of business 45
  • Conducting the meeting 45
  • Holding elections 48
  • Types of vote 49
  • Methods of voting 49
  • Motions 50
  • Nine steps to a main motion 50
  • Amendments 51
  • Privileged 51
  • Subsidiary 52
  • Incidental 52

Chapter 5: Leading an informal meeting

  • Listening 54
  • Organizing and summarizing 55
  • Making a decision 56
  • Finding the cause of a problem 57
  • Appendix
  • Duty roster 60