The Instant Public Speaker found its origin in my experience as a jazz musician, teacher, and minister. I graduated from Cal-State University at Los Angeles in 1969 and began a career as a professional musician and a music and fine arts teacher in inner city LA, Burbank, and San Juan Capistrano. I became a minister in 1984 and spent over 26 years as a public speaker with the unique requirement of having to compose an original talk each week and deliver it without notes (if you do the math that’s over 1300 original speeches). I developed my approach to public speaking over 20 years ago because I saw my colleagues struggling to write inspiring talks every week and deliver them with enthusiasm and inspiration. It was and still is a contributing factor in ministerial burnout.
I started teaching my methodology in 1995 and in 1998 I published my first book on this subject, Instant Public Speaking from the Heart. I printed 2200 copies and sold them all. My book is still being used by seminaries and individuals across North America and is available on Amazon as a used book—with some like-new copies selling for hundreds of dollars.
In 2010, I decided to rewrite my book and create a website that could help people become effective public speakers. It’s now called The Instant Public Speaker and has new sections that highlight ways to quickly organize your thoughts and deliver effective and credible speeches that can influence behavior and open hearts and minds to infinite possibilities. There are also new sections on the Tools of Composition, and the Eight Secrets to Speaking without Notes. The five levels available on the website help speakers develop their skill sets. They include videos that expand and explain advanced techniques on getting to know your audience, becoming a more credible expert on your subject, learning logic, advanced story telling, and the power of metaphor, simile and words.
My approach to public speaking without notes is based on my experience as a jazz musician. Once you understand melody, form, and chord progressions, and develop a musical vocabulary based on different types of scale patterns, you can easily play without having to look at the music. The same is true for my approach to public speaking. Once you study and become familiar with the Tools of Composition and memorize the HeartTalk Template, you can easily organize your ideas about your subject and put them into a context (order) that makes it simple to recall and share. This method works because it’s based on a sound methodology that hundreds of others have learned and regularly applied.
This new and expanded version capitalizes on the latest additions and applications I have developed over the last 18 years. While there is no substitute for a live class, the utilization of the video lessons is an effective way to extend the reach of this methodology to a much broader audience.
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