On Speaking Well

On Speaking Well

How to Give A Speech With Style, Substance, and Clarity

Book - 1999
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For anyone who fears the thought of writing and giving a speech--be it to business associates, or at a wedding--help is at hand. Acclaimed presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan shares her secrets to becoming a confidence, persuasive speaker demystifying topics including: Finding you own authentic voice Developing a text that interest you Acing the all-important first paragraph Using logic to move your audience Creating, developing, and reinventing the "core speech" for diverse audiences Strengthening your speech with a vital element: humor Winnowing your thought down to the essentials Handling professional jargon, clichés, and the sound bite syndrome Presenting your speech in the best way Collecting intellectual income--conversing your speech treasures Breaking all the rules and still succeeding Reading for inspiration--how to use the excellence of others

Complete with lessons, tips and memorable examples, On Speaking Well shows us how to create forceful, persuasive, relevant speeches that will resonate with our audiences. Engaging, informative, and always entertaining, this is undoubtedly the authoritative how-to guide for anyone writing or giving a speech

Publisher: New York, NY : ReganBooks, 1999.
Edition: 1st ReganBooksHarperPerennial ed.
ISBN: 9780060987404
Branch Call Number: 808.51 Noonan
Characteristics: xii, 212 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Simply speaking.


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Jan 19, 2013

@jlcaine's review only makes me want to read it more!

Mar 23, 2011

This work proves that every speech writer is not an author. This book is a disappointment, particularly from such a high-ranking, experienced speech writer who should know her way arounds words. Firstly, there is no table of contents. The reader is thrust into a flurry of words and thoughts and opinions without a framework of what in the world is going on and where in the world we are going. Furthermore, the advice given seemed geared toward women. As gentleman who desired to learn to speak well too, I didn't find myself in the writing. The name dropping throughout the book is annoying to say the least. And I would not suggest this book to a friend. I'm not impressed.


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