Book Review: Public Speaking Super Powers! By Carma Spence

If public speakers were superheroes, what would their superpowers be?


Author Carma Spence asked these questions of dozens and dozens of speakers and discovered the answer was, “Yes!”

Three out of every four people suffer from speech anxiety, and research suggests that people who don’t confront and overcome that fear are less successful in their careers and lives. However, people often look at successful speakers as superheroes with superpowers they, as mere mortals, could never possess.

Drawing from extensive research and interviews with business and professional speakers, Public Speaking Super Powers will show you how to:

↪ How to overcome the fear of speaking
↪ Develop the skills needed to be a success on the stage, such as storytelling and humour
↪ Master techniques like a superhero speaker, such as audience engagement, and using your voice, body language and eye contact effectively

and much more… There is even a bonus chapter on the business of speaking.

Unleash your inner Public Speaking Superhero and communicate your message with confidence starting today!

Available to buy from… Kobo Barnes and Noble Paperback Hardback

“It’s not every day that someone puts in the amount of research, time, and care on a topic that is so misunderstood and so poorly taught by perceived influencers in the public speaking space. Carma’s unique approach to unlocking your superpowers and unleashing your speaking skills is a fresh, practical, and accessible manual for anyone who wants to break into the speaking world.”
~ Davide Di Giorgio Speaker, Coach and Author of Being Unapologetic

“Carma Spence shows readers how to unleash their inner public speaking superhero with clear, actionable steps. Packed with useful information for beginners and intermediate level speakers alike, Public Speaking Super Powers is an engaging and valuable read.”
~ Cynthia Kersey Bestselling author, Unstoppable CEO & Founder, Unstoppable Foundation

“Carma Spence is the real deal. She is truly devoted to helping and empowering people in their lives, and on their speaker’s journey. Public Speaking Super Powers is a comprehensive, yet easy read. Carma’s superpower metaphor gives you the information and tools you need to help unleash your inner superhero speaker!”
~ Bridget Brady Owner, Founder, Biz Amplifier



Have you ever struggled with speaking in public?
Are you introverted, shy or, at times, socially awkward?
Do you find it challenging to communicate your value with confidence?

I’m Carma Spence, and I can say I’ve struggled with all these things myself at one time. I’ve lacked self-confidence. I’ve avoided speaking before groups. I’ve even kept silent about the value I have to offer the world.

No longer. From personal experience, I know for a fact that you can be a decent speaker even if you are introverted, shy and socially awkward. And, this is one of the reasons that I’ve written Public Speaking Super PowersTM.

Public speaking is an important, possibly essential, skill to learn.

↪ It increases self-confidence and courage.
↪ It is good for business and your career.
↪ It can improve your listening skills.
↪ And, it can help you in your relationships.

Public Speaking Super PowersTM was written for beginner and intermediate speakers: Those who’ve never felt comfortable speaking in front of a group, as well as those who have just gotten their feet wet but know they still have a lot to learn.

It covers all the foundational skills and techniques needed to be a decent public speaker and provides a path for improving communication and speaking skills over time.

In this book, you will learn

how to unleash your inner public speaking superpowers
the five key speech writing skills
the six foundational delivery tools and techniques
and more!

At the end of this book, you will be able to identify your speaking strengths, as well as areas for improvement, and create a plan of action to take you from where you are now to where you want to be.

So, are you ready to unleash your inner speaking superhero and communicate your message with confidence?


My review

Having spent many years in a corporate environment, I had quite a few run-ins with the ghastliness of public speaking.  Talking to many of my colleagues, fear of public speaking seems to be often second only to a fear of death and yet it is probably the skill the separates the lower tier workers from the high fliers.

The husband travels the world in his role as solutions architect for a global IT company and a large part of that work involves addressing audiences of varying sizes whilst explaining how to configure a network and answer any and all questions off the bat.

My own last attempt was decidedly less glorious.  Whilst addressing the latest intake of legal trainees to explain to them that involvement with marketing was not optional but a key part of their role, I managed to knock over a heavy wooden lectern with a resounding crash.  Even worse, the man responsible for the trainees’ recruitment was my ex-boyfriend and he was sat in the audience.  Talk about wishing the ground would swallow you up.

So, if I had had Carma Spence’s gutsy and encouraging book, Public Speaking Super Powers, I might have been better prepared, more confident and better able to engage with the group of blankly staring faces (and the smirking ex-boyfriend).

Spence’s book is a real call to arms for those of us who would rather hide in the stationery cupboard to get out and share our message via public speaking.  Everyone, she says, has a message and, who knows, yours could have the potential to change someone’s life.  On that basis, not sharing it would be rather selfish.

Her various superheroes illustrate that there are many different types of public speakers and that there is not one right way to do it.  In fact, different presentations often require different styles.

What is important is the authenticity of the message and being able to connect with the audience to convince them that you are speaking from the heart.

Public speaking skills are broken down into components such as authenticity and engagement in separate chapters, each of which is chock-full of helpful and motivating words for expert speakers in their field and contains lots of exercises to get you thinking.

Actually, I thought lots of Spence’s advice reaches further than public speaking and her exercises could equally be used for personal or career-related goal setting because they are designed to help you learn about yourself – so that you can get clear on the message you want to share.

If you have to give a speech, whether at a wedding, the local council or in work, I recommend you pick up Carma’s book and take heed of her ‘feel the fear because it could make you a better speaker” ethos.  It even made me feel like I could get back on stage – but this time no heavy wooden lecterns please.

About the author

Carma Spence, author Public Speaking Super Powers, is a self-confessed “geek who speaks.” She is fiercely committed to supporting people who are introverted, shy, possibly even socially awkward as they unleash their inner speaking superhero and boldly communicate their message with confidence. Her superpower is to help her clients see what is possible for them and guiding them on the journey from where they are to where they want to be, Vanquishing the Mind Goblins of self-doubt, self-sabotage and second-guessing that keep them stuck.

Carma is an award-winning editor and speaker, as well as International Best-Selling Author, with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations, and science communication. She lettered in Speech in high school and earned a Degree of Honor with the National Speech & Debate Association. She has been a member of Toastmasters (off and of) since 1989 and has earned her Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, an award earned by completing a variety of speaking and leadership assignments in the Toastmasters program.

Public Speaking Super Powers is her fifth book and is published under the Author Academy Elite imprint.

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1 Comment

  1. Margaret GALLAGHER
    19 November, 2018 / 12:21 pm

    Ooohh la la sounds perfect for me

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