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Own Any Occasion

Mastering the Art of Speaking and Presenting

By  Erik Palmer

The World Is Your Stage. Own It.

Great speaking does not come easy. But even the wallflowers among us can’t avoid speaking forever. In Own Any Occasion, speaker and educator Erik Palmer taps into his vast experience to simplify the process of extraordinary speaking, whether you’re giving a wedding toast or preparing for a one-on-one sales call. His approach is equal parts preparation and delivery: Never speak unless you have something worth saying, and never let a poor performance diminish a good message.

In 11 steps, Palmer shows readers how to craft the perfect message and captivate audiences with exceptional delivery, no matter the circumstance. He demonstrates that the steps to impress when you meet your in-laws for the first time are the same ones that will help you succeed in front of an auditorium full of executives. Whether your audience is large or small, your message personal or professional, Palmer’s easy system will help you become the best speaker you can be in any situation.

Own Any Occasion is for anyone who wants to master the art of speaking well, from first-time presenters to seasoned pros looking for a new process. Give yourself the tools to impress every listener and develop a more confident you.


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Erik Palmer

Erik Palmer is an author, speaker, and consultant from Denver, Colorado. He focuses on improving oral communication—whether one-on-one, small group, large group, informal or formal, in-person or digital—by sharing practical, understandable ideas that help all adults become effective speakers and teachers of speaking.

Erik previously spent 10 years managing an office for a prominent commodity brokerage firm, where he was the national sales leader), and trading on the floor of a Chicago commodity exchange. He also taught in one of Colorado’s premier school districts for 21 years, and was named a Teacher of the Year.

A frequent presenter at conferences, Erik has given keynotes and led workshops for adults across the United States and around the world. He is the author of Well-Spoken: Teaching Speaking to All Students, Digitally Speaking: How to Improve Student Presentations with Technology, Teaching the Core Skills of Listening & Speaking, Researching in a Digital World , and Good Thinking: Teaching Argument, Persuasion, and Reasoning.

Erik has a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado, Denver. 


Own Any Occasion is the perfect antidote for the fear of public speaking. Anyone who gets nervous speaking in front of people will benefit from this book.

Debra Fine

Keynote Speaker and Author, The Fine Art of Small Talk

Clear and compelling, Erik Palmer's Own Any Occasion is a confidence-building guide in the fundamentals of speaking. From cultivating the voice as a personal instrument to determining strategies for specific situations, this book is a comprehensive and accessible read for anyone interested in connected communications.

Heidi Hayes Jacobs

President, Curriculum Designers

Internationally Recognized Author and Curriculum Expert

When you become a better, stronger speaker, you boost your career success and even your income.

I found this book to be a great field guide to developing real-world presentations, as well as a blueprint to owning any occasion—even when called upon to make an off-the-cuff impromptu speech.

Anne Bruce

Author, Speak for a Living

Good speakers aren’t born that way, it is something they have learned. Erik Palmer’s Own Any Occasion will show you how.

Robert Godbey

Attorney at Law, Honolulu

Erik Palmer’s book Own Any Occasion will help anyone present their ideas in a more interesting and memorable way. It’s packed with useful advice presented in a way that makes it easy to use. A great resource!

Rik Kaye

President, RIK Productions

Book Details

ISBN: 9781562866853

Pages: 192

Pub Date: October 2017

Formats: Paperback, PDF

Product Code: 111708

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