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Can You Say a Few Words?: How to Prepare and Deliver Award Presentations, Dedications, Eulogies and Prayers, Introductions, Retirements and Farewells, ... Birthday, Anniversary Toasts, and More. Paperback – June 15, 1991

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"Let me say a few words about Joan Detz: Her books are great." --Roger Ailes, top presidential and corporate communications consultant, and author of You Are the Message

"Can you Say A Few Words? by Joan Detz has helped me to speak better. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to use words well." --Norman Vincent Peale

About the Author

Joan Detz, author of How to Write & Give a Speech, is a leading speechwriter for senior executives. Previously on the faculty of New York University's Business and Management Program, she now lectures on public speaking around the country.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (June 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312058306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312058302
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,330,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Do you think your speeches could be better? Does it take you too long to prepare for a public speaking event? Does even the thought of giving a presentation make you nervous?

You aren't alone. Most people wish they could feel more confident about their presentations. My books can help you do it.

The Washington Post praised HOW TO WRITE & GIVE A SPEECH as "a how-to classic".

In 2014, St. Martin's Press published the 30th anniversary edition of HOW TO WRITE & GIVE A SPEECH. "It's a rare distinction for any book to remain in print continuously for three decades." (Marian Calabro, CorporateHistory.net) The San Francisco Book Book Review praised this updated edition: "The writing is quick and to-the-point, easy to read and easy to apply."

Alba Editorial of Spain recently published the book's Spanish edition, Cómo escribir y pronunciar un discurso (translated by Elena Bernardo). http://tinyurl.com/nbarf2e

With any of my books, you can learn in just an hour or two what has taken me years to master. Lucky you!

The National Association of Government Communicators honored me with its President's Award. All awards are wonderful. But do you know what pleases me the most? When I meet someone who tells me, "I was always scared to give speeches. But your book helped me give the best presentation of my career."

Over the years, I've been pleased to work with many of the top names in international business and government - from Finland to Philadelphia, from Montenegro to Minnesota, from the UK to DC.

Improve your own skills right away by visiting my blog: www.joandetz.com/speechwritingblog

Want to learn more about #publicspeaking #speechwriting #presentations? I tweet often @JoanDetz

Visit my website at http://www.joandetz.com for more information.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is well written (in easy-to-use segments) and it's loaded with really practical information. You'll get great advice that's truly useful - whether you have to speak at a meeting, present an award, give a eulogy, make a wedding toast, whatever. In particular, the section on 'handling tough questions' is worth its weight in gold (it's perfect for anyone facing a job interview!).
Also, the book has a huge section on 'overcoming nervousness'. I've never seen such helpful information in any other public speaking book.
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By Bugs on March 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One of the better books on speeches that I've read. Quick, insightful with several speeches as examples to draw from! Highly recommend!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Lim on December 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has many quotes and short statements which I find very useful, some are rather humorous. However, depending on which region or country you are from, many of the quotes in the book cannot be use as it will become "offensive" and rude in that context. These quotes or words are very skewed towards American context. Steven Lim (RSTN) Singapore.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. Gemmill on March 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I AM NOT FINDING THIS BOOK AS HELPFUL AS I THOUGHT I WOULD.
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