One of the first realizations I had when I began hitting the public speaking circuit is that I needed to develop my own style. Too bad I didn’t have Mike Acker’s recommendations back then because he outlines exactly how to embrace a differentiated voice. His strategies for becoming a more proficient, less anxious communicator are useful whether you’re leading a four-person meeting or stirring the hearts of thousands. Plus, he adds easy-to-complete actions, such as Spilling Your Extra Energy, a great refocusing technique that I’m adding to my speechmaking quiver.”
– Rhett Power, Forbes.com
Speak With No Fear:
Go from a nervous, nauseated, and sweaty speaker
to an excited, energized, and passionate presenter
Overcome your fear and strengthen your speaking with my book series, SPEAK!
When you think of public speaking, do you get nervous, anxious, or even sweaty?
Would you prefer never to give a presentation?
Do you want to gain confidence in your communication and beyond?
This book can help you. You don’t have to be afraid any longer. You don’t have to let communication anxiety keep you from your goals. While my upcoming book will give advanced strategies to master the game of speaking, this book allows you to get in the game and get started.
Through this book you will learn 7 strategies you can begin today. These strategies will give you a new perspective, they will prepare you, and they will give you actions to practice. As you implement these strategies, your fear will begin to fade.
It can easily seem like everyone is a gifted speaker when you watch TED talks or compare yourself to skilled co-workers giving presentations. Don’t get caught up in the costly comparison trap. Instead, take action to improve your ability and to overcome your fear.
If you struggle in speaking, then first realize that you are not alone. Public Speaking is the #1 fear in America. You are not alone.
Millions of people are terrified at the prospect of going up on stage and addressing a crowd even more than they’re afraid of death. Moreover, it’s an unavoidable experience if you want to succeed in this world. Maybe it’s a business presentation for your career path, a speech in school, or a toast at your best friend’s wedding. Fear of speaking grips you. However, it doesn’t have to. Not anymore.
Full of relatable anecdotes, executable tips, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this book promises to teach you 7 proven strategies to help you find your inner presenter. Don’t wait any longer. Today is the day you take charge of your anxiety, calm your nerves, and – most importantly – speak with no fear.
Some encouragement from author and communications coach, Mike Acker:
Where you are is not where you have to be.
This sentence is included in my introduction. Do you believe it? Do you believe in yourself? At least some part of you does. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here! Let’s build on this belief. Take a moment and whisper the immortal words from the classic story, The Little Engine That Could, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”
Are you struggling? Do you find yourself dwelling on negative thoughts? “It’s not going to work for me.” “I’m just not a good speaker.” “I’m an introvert. I just can’t.” “I’ve tried in the past, and it didn’t work.”
If you are struggling to believe, will you begin to suspend disbelief?
I encourage you to read this book as a believer, not as a skeptic. Education will often teach you to think critically. Keep that mindset for work and academics. When it comes to improving your communication, you need to read this receptively. Trade in any negativity for positivity. Think well of yourself. Believe in yourself. Then invest in yourself by applying this book.
Act on these strategies and set yourself up for success in speaking, in your career, and in your life:
THE SEVEN STRATEGIES
1. Uncover & Clean the Wound
2. Imagine the Worst
3. You Be You
4. Speak to One
5. It’s Not About You
6. Channel The Power
7. Be in the Moment
About the Author
Mike Acker is a leadership coach, author, and speaker with over 19 years of experience in speaking, leadership development, and organizational management.
Known for his authenticity, humor, and engaging presence, Mike specializes in fomenting personal and organizational awareness, allowing clients to create their own personal growth track. His approach is earnest, informed, and holistic, leading to a more satisfying balance in work and life. His expertise in communications and leadership has attracted politicians, business entrepreneurs, educational leaders, and executive managers.
Mike’s training stretches from private Spanish speaking schools in Mexico, national college debate tournaments, master classes in cultural leadership, certifications in coaching, and his current MBA. Mike has been a professional speaker for 19 years and has spoken to groups of 10 to 10,000.
In 2014, Mike accepted the role of Chairman of the Board for an international non-profit, which works to lift kids out of poverty in Senegal and Mexico. In this capacity he works with the paid staff, the board of directors, and the international staff as they collaborate to sponsor families, start schools, and build dozens of feeding centers. (goonthemission.com)
Mike also enjoys rock-climbing, wake surfing, skiing, church, building Legos with his son, and going on dates with his wife, Taylor. Mike believes in the power of prayer, exercise, journaling, and real community to counter the stresses of everyday life.
SPEAK WITH NO FEAR
Public speaking is the #1 fear in America. Millions of people are terrified at the prospect of going up on stage and addressing a crowd more than they’re afraid of death. And yet, it’s an unavoidable experience in this go-getter world.
Maybe it’s a presentation in school, a business pitch for your boss, or a toast at your best friend’s wedding. Fear of speaking grips you. But it doesn’t have to. Not anymore.
Full of personal anecdotes, executable tips, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this book teaches you 7 unconventional strategies to help you find your inner presenter. Don’t wait any longer. Today is the day you take charge of your anxiety, calm your nerves, and – most importantly – speak with no fear.
WRITE TO SPEAK
This small book shows you HOW TO WRITE A SPEECH, how to craft a talk, or HOW TO PREPARE A PRESENTATION.
Write to Speak is a simple guide to creating content to connect with your audience. In it, you will learn a repeatable system that has been proven to work for novice and experienced speakers. Whether you are trying to improve your current process or are trying to find remedial help, this book will take from start to finish crafting your speech. You will learn:
How to have confidence before even beginning.
How to pick an idea.
How to come up with content.
How to organize around points.
How to write an intriguing introduction.
How to write a compelling conclusion.
How to make it better.
How to have a method that you can do over and over.