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2016-12-07 06:01

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The Magic of Public Speaking - A Complete System to become a World Class Speaker
Author: Andrii Sedniev

The older I get, the more I realise that any skill is attainable with practice and the right teacher. Public speaking is no exception. Though it’s more terrifying for some than death (look it up), many have proven that it can be mastered with time and effort.

In this short yet invaluable read, Sedniev studies hundreds of public speakers, from politicians to stand-up comedians, and reveals the common traits among them in a quickly-digestible and entertaining format. Learn why some passages look good on paper yet don’t translate well when read in front of an audience.

Understand the power of storytelling and the numerous ways you can convey emotions, and know how to have your audience on the edge of their seats instead of wondering when you’re going to be charitable enough to get to the point.
Even if you don’t plan on taking up public speaking as a career, this is a helpful tool to elevate you from a cringe-worthy conundrum to an overnight average, ensuring that you are swiftly forgotten at the next family wedding instead of being remembered for all the wrong reasons.

Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch

In Dark Matter, Crouch (author of The Wayward Pines trilogy) takes cutting-edge science and wields it into a warm and thought-provoking story. There’s a reason why many are calling it the best science-fiction novel since Andy Weir’s 2011 breakout hit The Martian. If that’s enough to make you want to read it, turn away from the next paragraph. The book reads better if you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. For those who need a little more motivation:

What if you created a device that could introduce you to every possible version of yourself on an infinite number of worlds? Who would you be today if you had made different choices? Does happiness come from success, relationships, or a mixture of both? And, what if the only thing standing between you and your perfect life was murdering a copy of yourself?

With his latest effort Crouch has made the shortlist of authors I’ll be keeping a close eye on. Yes, the book suffers from a pet peeve of mine found in many thrillers ("we need to get from A to B before giving you more of the plot"), but there's more going on here than your average mystery. If you have nothing else to read this month, this one is worth a look. - Omar Sayed.

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