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Stand and Deliver! By Ian Nichol

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Expert speaking coach Ian Nichol writes a thorough and authoritative guide to public speaking. Written in an engaging and informative style, with a great undercurrent of humour, Stand and Deliver! makes for a relaxing and highly enjoyable read, which reinforces Ian’s no-nonsense message on how readers can dramatically improve their speaking performances.  

Ian’s unfailing honesty when setting out his personal experiences of triumph and disaster will inspire readers, teaching them that what works for one person may not work for another. Stand and Deliver! provides countless practical tips and suggestions in a highly pragmatic text that will boost readers’ confidence.  

By demolishing destructive myths about public speaking, Ian shows readers how to think positively about nerves and use them to help, not hinder. Offering straightforward advice this book demonstrates that everyone can speak confidently in public by challenging preconceptions and providing a wide range of tools to success.

About the author

Ian Nichol entered a public speaking competition at the age of thirteen and has been hooked ever since. He gained first class honours in Classics at Cambridge, where his studies in oratory and rhetoric gave further impetus to his speaking career.

Ian was a tax and training partner at the leading business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. He ended his career there in the specialist group which developed and ran training courses for clients in finance and management development. Ian went on to run his own training and management development business, focusing on leadership skills and executive coaching. He has also in his time been a commissioner of both the Criminal Cases Review Commission and the Press Complaints Commission.

This varied background means that Ian has gained extensive experience of successful speaking: as a business speaker, a careers lecturer, a technical trainer in tax and finance, a TV and radio performer, and a humorous after dinner entertainer. In addition to his speaking work, he has coached individuals to give well-received presentations ranging from highly technical seminars to keynote speeches.

Ian lives in Warwickshire with his wife, Val. In his spare time he plays Scrabble, keeps fit and avoids gardening. He has previously been the author and editor of successful publications about tax: this is his first book on public speaking.

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