Rowan journalism professor: anyone can “Present Like a Pro.”

Rowan journalism professor: anyone can “Present Like a Pro.”


Carl Hausman believes the average person, no matter how nervous in front of crowds he or she may be, can present like a pro.

In his recently released 20th book, Hausman, a Rowan professor of journalism, tells readers how.

Present Like a Pro, a follow-up to his 2016 book Write Like a Pro, employs a 10-point approach in each of its chapters to help make would-be orators eloquent.

“People are hardwired to relate to the number ten,” Hausman said. “We have ten fingers and toes, there were ten Commandments in the Bible and the decimal system is built around the number ten.”

Hausman, who from the opening pages of Present Like a Pro uses humor to help ease fears about public speaking, believes even one’s greatest terrors – and, for many, public speaking leads the list – can be turned into assets when they have to address a crowd, be it on a conference call, in a boardroom, in a classroom or on YouTube.

Hausman’s top 10 lists range from planning (“like you’re Patton”), to magnifying one’s message (think credibility, approachability and listenability), to controlling stage fright (channel that nervous energy and make it work for you!).

Each major point is subdivided into ten tactical steps the reader can take to implement the strategy.  The 11th chapter is a collection of point-by-point templates for organizing typical speeches for various occasions and the 12th chapter is a collection of reprints of successful speeches showing how the strategies and tactics are put into practice by experienced speakers.

“These lessons will work for anyone, especially people in business,” said Hausman, a former newspaper, magazine and TV journalist. “The techniques are aimed in particular at people who are trying to adapt to new venues like Skype or podcasting but they work equally well for interviews on TV or giving an online presentation.”

He even included a chapter on strengthening one’s voice to be deeper, richer and more resonant.

“People often feel self-conscious about their voice but the simple truth is you can improve your speaking voice and we have a chapter on how to do it,” he said.

Hausman, who chairs the broadcast journalism judging panel for the National Headliner Awards, one of the nation’s oldest and best-known programs recognizing journalistic excellence, has appeared on numerous TV venues including The O’Reilly Factor and Anderson Cooper’s World News Now.

He’s an ardent embracer of technology, has narrated eight audiobooks, testified before Congress and given thousands of lectures in various writing, speaking and broadcast announcing courses. He produces a podcast for his website, and is active through his Twitter feed, @carlhausman.