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Stand Up and Be Heard

Stand Up and Be Heard
Taking the Fear Out of Public Speaking at University

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  • Rob Grieve - University of West of England, Bristol, UK
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December 2019 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Public speaking is an integral skill not only in study but in life, yet giving presentations, oral assessments, or even talking in groups is a terrifying prospect for many students. This book is filled with tips and tricks cultivated through Rob Grieve’s experience in running public speaking workshops at university. 

Taking the fear out of public speaking at university, he teaches you how to develop your public speaking skills and build your confidence; so whether you’re giving a presentation or just talking with friends you can face the situation without fear. 

With a unique focus on ‘authenticity’ over perfection, Stand Up and be Heard:

  • Helps you identify and understanding your fear; what is it that you are most afraid of? How does this fear manifest
  • Provides practical exercises and strategies that will help you manage your fear 
  • Teaches you the benefits of ‘authentic’ speaking and relying on your own voice and personality
  • Offers checklists, step-by-step guidance and student testimonials to support your growth.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Chapter 1. Fear of Public Speaking
Chapter 2. Authenticity, Not Perfection
Chapter 3. Strategies to be Authentic – Part 1
Chapter 4. Strategies to be Authentic – Part 2
Chapter 5. Remember the Basics
Chapter 6. Non-verbal Techniques
Chapter 7. Practice and Preparation
Chapter 8. The Benefits of Standing Up and Being Heard


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Very clearly written book which takes the reader in a systematic way through things to think about to support becoming a confident speaker. I thought the activities, opportunities for reflection and checklists were all really helpful. Now an essential text for helping our apprentices with the skills needed for presenting in their end point assessment!

Mrs Lynda Hughes
Department of Sociological Studies, Sheffield University
May 18, 2021

A lot of my students report having high levels of anxiety when it comes to public speaking/ presenting research. Since takling these issues is only one rather short aspect of my course, but something that is on my participants' minds, I recommend this book as a very helpful resource.

Ms Sophie Charlotte Haring
Philosophy, Universität Passau
March 18, 2022

Essential book for undergraduate students to improve their presentation skills and analyse fears associated with it. it could be used for postgraduate and professionals too.

Mr Kassin Yakhlef
Nursing, NHS
February 18, 2020

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