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Product Details

  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 Reprint edition (June 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786887508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786887507
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Everybody in public life ought to read the updated version of Jack Valenti's Speak Up With Confidence. . . a must read. " -- Former President George H.W. Bush

"Nobody should try to get on his hind legs to make a speech without consulting Valenti." -- William Safire, columnist for the New York Times

About the Author

Jack Valenti served as a special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson and was in charge of all his speeches from 1963 to 1966. Valenti resigned his post to become president of the Motion Picture Association of America, a position he still holds. Recently profiled in The New Yorker, he is a sought-after public speaker and lecturer throughout the world and has written numerous articles for publications such as Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. He lives in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.

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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2002
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I ordered this book after listening to an interview of the author on cable. I guess I had excessive expectations. I've been in need of a pep talk, and have always wanted to improve my ability to persuade others. The idea that this author had coached many persuasive people was a selling point.
But I can't say I found anything for me in here. There's nothing wrong with the technical content - there just wasn't anything new. While helpful, it seems awfully basic - like stressing the importance of preparation, and practice. Whoopie.
And much of the unique content, IMO, is too heavy on the name-dropping. The excerpts from speeches of the-beautiful-people-I-have-helped felt much like padding. Uh-huh, I guess I should be impressed, but shouldn't these passages be more inspiring?
Certainly I'm picky in these days of economic duress - I spend my money much more carefully, since I have a lot less. But I really thought this might be a worthwhile investment, and I rather feel it came up short.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By yet another reader on February 13, 2005
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If you are doing well in one-to-one conversations but stumble whenever you have to talk to an audience, you will find some good advice in this book. For "two dollars a piece", you will learn five basic rules that will help you a long way. Nothing more, nothing less. Well worth the money and the time to read it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 2003
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I found precious little here. You might think that with the glowing reviews from famous people that this would be a useful book, but in fact the reviews aren't wrong - if you're a senator or a TV personality you'll find this book useful.
The rest of us can give it a miss.
Valenti may be a great speaker, but in terms of a book for everyone he offers little. You should remember your speech pretty much word for word. You should think of the cadence of how you'll deliver it. There really isn't much more, apart from long reminiscences about famous speeches and speakers. The book has a strange almost Victorian tone.
To misquote one of the reviews - this is a dispensible resource. Spend your money on one of the books that teaches you a lot.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spencer S Tay on November 3, 2002
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This outstanding book is a rare gem that stands out amongst so many books on public speaking. Jack Valenti knows his stuff and demonstrates with finesse the skills and techniques required for successful public speaking. Even the experts, like Barbara Walters, are taking tips from this prolific writer and respected public speaker. His stories and eloquent illustrations are vivid and memorable, drawing both from his personal experience and real life examples of top public figures.
Valenti was a speechwriter for US President Johnson and is currently president of the Motion Picture Association of America. What can you say for a book that former US President George H.W. Bush recommends as a must-read for those who take their case to the public. This book is a brilliant achievement indeed. Once you start reading, it is hard to put it down.
Valenti assures us with his words:
"Let us be clear: If you want to be able to rise before an audience, large or small, and speak to them so that they will listen to you, you can do it."
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