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Choosing Powerful Words: Eloquence That Works (Part of the Essence of Public Speaking Series) Paperback – October 22, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0205271245 ISBN-10: 0205271243 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (October 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205271243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205271245
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Discover the stylistic techniques behind influential speeches!


* Design speeches so that listeners anticipate key words
* Depart from the common idiom by using "rhetorical shorthand"
* Create credibility without a publicity advantage
Under the influence of the media, it is easy to forget the tremendous impact of the speaker on an audience. Today's media enables speakers who once addressed hundreds in auditoriums to increase their public to millions through television. Dr. Carpenter's relevant research and careful scholarship about how to pick the best words and arrange them in the best orders will help the speaker become a stylist and slogan-maker whose sentences may become sound bites on the evening news or quoted in newspaper accounts the day after the speech has been made. This book prepares speakers to potentially change one little corner of the world - and perhaps the world itself -- through powerful words.

Ronald H. Carpenter Ph.D. is Professor of English and Communication Studies at the University of Florida. A prolific and prize-winning scholar in rhetorical theory and the history of American public address, he is the author of the History As Rhetoric, other books on rhetoric of Douglas MacArthur, Father Charles E. Coughlin, and Frederic Jackson Turner, and numerous journal articles about the language of political discourse. Dr. Carpenter conducts his "Write Well - Write Now" training program for corporate executives, business groups, lawyers and judges, public relations professionals, incoming classes of officers at the U.S. Naval War College, and other people whose success and leadership depend upon persuasive communication.

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Ronald H. Carpenter Ph.D. is Professor of English and Communication Studies at the University of Florida. A prolific and prize-winning scholar in rhetorical theory and the history of American public address, he is the author of the History As Rhetoric, other books on rhetoric of Douglas MacArthur, Father Charles E. Coughlin, and Frederic Jackson Turner, and numerous journal articles about the language of political discourse. Dr. Carpenter conducts his "Write Well - Write Now" training program for corporate executives, business groups, lawyers and judges, public relations professionals, incoming classes of officers at the U.S. Naval War College, and other people whose success and leadership depend upon persuasive communication.


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "ronlv" on September 25, 2000
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Great Wine makers provide pleasure to the palate, but my ears are in ecstasy thanks to Carpenter. If you are like me I did not understand antitheses, metaphors, point and counterpoint. I just enjoyed these techniques in a great speaker. Now I know how to add these great tools to my speeches and communications. This book opened up areas of speech writing I did not know existed. Having written thousands of pages of business reports I can't go back and do it over, but within hours I was applying these excellent new tools.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By N. Meyer on February 21, 2006
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This is a great book. I purchased this book for Dr. Carpeneter's class at the University of Florida and I can attest that he knows his material. Whether you're using this book for simple toasts, business meetings, or public addresses, it will most certainly sharpen the stylistic content of your message.
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I got this book years ago at the recommendation of a friend but put it down after trying to read the first chapter and it not keeping my attention. More than a year later I came back to it and read the middle chapters. It completely changed how I thought about writing! Since then I have used it to teach writing and speaking and now I am buying the book as a gift.
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I am always looking for books dealing with words and how to better use them. A recent trip to our local library paid big dividends. I discovered Carpenter's book "Choosing Powerful Words." Although the book was first published in 1998, the pages are filled with "The Essence of Public Speaking" the title of the series highly recommended by Toastmaster's International. Relevant for today's writer/speaker.

The "finale" information in the appendix on "delivery" is all important and provides the key to eloquence in wordsmithing. Carpenter captures the basic principles of mastering rhetoric, antithesis, and metaphor.

"Choosing Powerful Words" whetted my appetite for the rest of the books in this series.
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10 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 2002
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Dry and overly technical. As an aspiring lawyer and an armchair orator, I didn't find very much that I could readily apply to the nuts and bolts of my speech writing or delivery.
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