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Demystifying Public Speaking


Don’t think public speaking is for you? It is—whether you’re bracing for a conference talk or a team meeting. Lara Hogan helps you identify your fears and effectively face them, so you can make your way to the stage (big or small). Get clear, practical advice through every step, from choosing a topic and creating a presentation to gathering and distilling feedback, as well as event-day prep. You’ll feel confident and equipped to step into the spotlight.

Demystifying Public Speaking

What People Are Saying

Giving a talk in public can be a frightening prospect but with Lara Hogan at your side, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish. This book is your shield and sword. Speak, friend, and conquer!
Jeremy Keith, Author of HTML5 for Web Designers
Lara’s book is the perfect step-by-step guide for coaching new and returning speakers through the process. I’ll definitely use it as I prepare for future talks!
Tracy Chou, Software Engineer
If you think you don’t belong on a stage, if you’ve felt discouraged by one-size-fits-all public-speaking rules, read this book. Lara packs practical advice and reassuring stories alike to give you the confidence to share your unique voice and expertise in front of a crowd.
Yesenia Perez-Cruz, Design Director at Vox Media

About the Author

Lara Callender Hogan is an engineering director at Etsy and the author of Designing for Performance (O’Reilly, 2014) and the coauthor of Building a Device Lab (Five Simple Steps, 2015).

In her world tour to advocate web performance to designers and developers alike, Lara has presented at Google I/O, keynoted the Velocity Conference, and given talks at organizations like the New York Times and the Hillary Clinton campaign. To connect her work with her activism, Lara donates all of the proceeds from Designing for Performance to charities focused on supporting under-represented people in tech.

Lara also believes it’s important to celebrate career achievements with donuts.

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October 25, 2016