I Would Rather Be Audited By The IRS Than Give A Speech

More Than 40 Ways to Control Your Anxiety to Become a More Confident and Effective Speaker/Presenter

by David H. Brown



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/21/2006

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781425904647

About the Book

Anxiety leads to nervousness, which leads to mistakes, which leads to embarrassment, which leads to ineffective speech, which lowers self-esteem. What makes you this way?


Ø      You are not properly Prepared.

Ø      Your material is not sensibly Organized.

Ø      You do not know the techniques to Present successfully.

Ø      You do not have a clue how to Improve.


Put the bold-faced capital letters together, and you have my exclusive POPI (pronounced “Popeye”) method. Here are other exclusives in the book:


Ø      BROWN’S BROMIDES (take any two and call him in the morning).

Ø      Formula 10–10–80.

Ø      PA/PAT Systems.

Ø      Tailored Talk.


Brown practices what he preaches, and preaches what he practices. Theory becomes practicality. He shows how speaking/presenting can be measured in bottom line financial terms, an approach you will be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.


Will this book work for you? There are no guarantees. You do not have to be perfect to be effective. But, if you learn even just a few ways to improve — or even brush up — your return on the investment in this book pays off plenty.


Use this book for yourself. Give a copy to a colleague as a present. It makes an ideal adjunct for trainers and teachers, or as a supplement to a formal text book. And, it will be available at seminars/workshops.

About the Author

DAVID H. BROWN has been a speaker, presenter/coach/speech writer for half a century. He has created and conducted seminars, workshops, and formal classes. Five of his talks have been published in Vital Speeches of the Day. And, he has been cited as a reference source in several books.


This unique book is based in part on his seven years of teaching at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD, where he became an adjunct professor. It also is based on the various kinds of speeches and presentations he has made over the years.


Brown was an Ohio newspaper reporter for nearly 15 years before beginning a 24-year career as a federal government public information officer. He was a government spokesman on several occasions, most especially as the press officer for the Federal Aviation Administration’s anti-skyjacking task force during 1969-70. He founded and was first president of the National Association of Government Communications. He also served on the Mass Communications Committee of the Agriculture Department’s Graduate School, where he originated and taught media relations courses.


He has been a columnist for suburban papers both in Maryland and Florida.


A combat infantry rifleman during World War II, he later joined the Army Reserves as a second lieutenant, retiring 28 years later as a lieutenant colonel. He served the final 12 years in the Office of the Chief of Information in the Pentagon.


In University Heights, OH, a suburb of his native Cleveland, he served on its Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission before being elected a city councilman. In Rockville, MD, he became rotating chairman of the city’s Board of Appeals.


Brown served on the Montgomery College Foundation’s board of directors, where he headed its scholarship committee. He also graduated from the college’s Leadership Institute. Spending half of the year in Florida with his wife, he served on the Advisory Board of the Lifelong Learning Institute at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.


In retirement, he has written two books on airport security/terrorism; a murder mystery and a novel, both based on stories he covered half a century ago; and, an unpublished autobiography. More books are in the offing.


His bachelor’s degree is in journalism, with a minor in speech. His master’s degree is in public relations, with a minor in government public information. He and his wife have between them six children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.