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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (March 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439188297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439188293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Dale Carnegie was born in 1888 in Missouri. He wrote his now-renowned book How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1936. This milestone cemented the rapid spread of his core values across the United States. During the 1950s, the foundations of Dale Carnegie Training® as it exists today began to take form. Dale Carnegie himself passed away soon after in 1955, leaving his legacy and set of core principles to be disseminated for decades to come. Today, the Dale Carnegie Training programs are available in more than 30 languages throughout the entire United States and in more than 85 countries.  Dale Carnegie includes as its clients 400 of the Fortune 500 companies.  Approximately 7 million people have experienced Dale Carnegie Training.

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C h a p t e r 1

Keys to High Impact Delivery

The Dale Carnegie organization is the world’s leading

resource for public speaking mastery, and this has

been true for almost a century. Just as certainly, the

Nightingale-Conant Corporation is the world leader in audio

learning technology. Now, Dale Carnegie and Nightingale-

Conant are proud to bring you this definitive book on speaking

in public. So whether you’re just starting out, or if you already

have extensive experience with oral presentations, Stand and

will take you to the next level of mastery.

Literally since the dawn of civilization, speaking well in

front of others has been an ongoing human challenge. This

was especially true for the classical civilizations of Greece and

Rome, but public speaking ability was also highly esteemed in

biblical times, and by Native American tribes, and by the cultures

of India and China. Fascinating as it might be, however,

our purpose here is not a history lesson. So right at the outset,

we’re going to introduce three key tools for creating a high impact

presentation. These are timeless principles upon which all

great speakers have relied—though each has done so in his or

her own way. By blending your unique identity with the universal

principles we’re about to discuss, you can transform yourself

into an effective public speaker almost instantly. So please read

carefully. What you’re about to learn will have a dramatic effect

not only on how you communicate to others, but on how you

see yourself as well.

Human beings are talking beings. We start talking when we

wake up in the morning and we keep at it until we go to sleep—

and some people don’t even stop then. Good conversation is one

of the great joys of human commerce. Good conversation should

be like the game of tennis, in which the ball is struck back and

forth, with each player participating equally. Bores are like golfers

who just keep hitting their own ball, over and over and over.

Good conversationalists make good speakers. They’re sensitive

to the presence of others. Their antennae are forever alert,

picking up signals from their audience and responding to those

signals in the presentation. Good speakers achieve a marvelous

give-and-take with listeners, just as good conversationalists do

in a social setting.

More specifically, both speakers and conversationalists recognize

that people desire recognition more than any other

factor. They frequently ask questions such as “Do you agree

with that?” Then they’ll pause and read the response that’s

forthcoming. It might be silence, rapt attention, nods, laughter,

or concern. If listeners are bored, they will always find ways

of showing that, despite their polite efforts to hide their feelings.

If they’re interested, they’ll show that too. As speakers,

we have a duty to be interesting or we shouldn’t stand before

an audience in the first place. Creating interest is the task of the

speaker, whether we’re the manager of the sales force in a car

dealership, an insurance agency, a real estate office, or a large

international organization. When interest leaves, the sell goes

out of our message.

Our responsibility is not only to create a speech that will lead

an audience to a believable conclusion. We must also make the

building blocks of that conclusion as fascinating as we can. In

this way we can hold the attention of our audience until we get

to that all-important final point. In addition, if we can develop

techniques that make our audience feel that we are conversing

with them, we will convey that we care what they are thinking,

and that will create the emotional climate for them to accept us

as favorably as possible.

Along with understanding the similarities between speaking

in conversation and speaking in public, you should also

understand certain important differences. You need to master

certain key skills that create the illusion that your presentation

is as personal as a one-on-one conversation—but that illusion

is only possible when you’ve professionalized yourself as a

speaker. David Letterman has the ability to speak with virtually

anybody while 10 million viewers are looking in. Yet he’s able

to make this seem as casual as a break at the office watercooler.

Now, you many not think of David Letterman as a great public

speaker, but he draws on the same principles that virtually

every accomplished speaker has used since ancient times.

What are these principles? The first is actually quite obvious,

and maybe that’s why so many speakers seem to forget

it. It can be stated in a single, short sentence: know what you’re

talking about
. Learn the material so well that you own it. Don’t

just have some expertise in your topic—master it. Be able to

fill every second of your presentation with solid content. Once

you’re able to do that, 90 percent of your work will be done before

you even get up in front of the audience.

To make this point, Dale Carnegie liked to invoke the

example of Luther Burbank, a great scientist by any measure

and probably the greatest botanist of all time. Burbank once

said, “I have often produced a million plants in order to find one

or two really good ones—and then I destroyed all the inferior

specimens.” A presentation ought to be prepared in that same

lavish and discriminating spirit. Assemble a hundred thoughts

and discard ninety—or even ninety-nine. Collect more material,

more information, than there is any possibility of employing.

Gather it for the additional confidence it will give you, and

for the sureness of touch. Gather it for the effect it will have on

your mind and heart and whole manner of speaking. This is a

basic factor in preparation. Yet speakers constantly ignore it.

Mr. Carnegie actually believed that speakers should know forty

times more about their topic than they share in a presentation!

Knowing one topic supremely well is obviously much more

practical than trying to master a larger number. Professional

salespeople, marketing experts, and leaders in the advertising

profession know the importance of selling one thing at a time.

Only catalogs can successfully handle a multitude of items. In

a five-minute speech or even a long speech, it’s important to

have a single theme, and like a good salesperson, you pose the

problem and then give your solution. At the end, the problem is

restated and the solution quickly summarized.

Your opening statement should be an attention getter. For

example, you might say, “Scientists all over the world are

agreed that the world’s oceans are dying.” A sobering thought

indeed. It captures immediate interest, and everyone is thinking,

“Why, that would presage the end of the world. What are

we doing about it?”

By invoking an internationally recognized authority as

your reference—someone such as the late Jacques Cousteau,

for instance—you provide supporting evidence that your

opening remark is true, then you outline the possible ways

that the disaster might be averted. At the end, you might say,

“Yes, the oceans of the world are dying today, but if we can

marshal the combined efforts of the world’s peoples, if we can

influence every maritime country to pass laws governing the

pollution of the seas by oil tankers . . .” So you end on a note

of hope and at the same time enlist the sympathy of every one

of your listeners in your cause.

Not all talks are about social problems, of course. You might

be talking about a recent fishing trip, in which case you find

something of special interest in the story and open with that.

You might say, “Ounce for ounce, the rainbow trout is one of

the gamest fish on earth.” It’s a much better attention getter

and interest stimulator than saying, “I want to tell you about

my recent fishing trip.” After a few words about the fish you

were after, you can work in the rest. “Two weeks ago, John

Cooper and I decided to try our luck on the White River near

Carter, Arkansas. It’s one of the most naturally beautiful spots

in the country . . .” Stay with the trip and that rainbow trout,

the hero of your story, and how good it tasted cooked over an

open fire on the bank of the river. Then at the close, to more

closely link your listeners to the subject, you might say, “If

you’ve never been trout fishing, let me recommend it as one of

the world’s best ways to forget your problems, clear your brain,

and gain a new perspective. And when you hook a rainbow

trout, you’re in for one of the greatest thrills of a lifetime.”

Watch your personal pronouns. Keep yourself out of your

conversation as much as possible. In the fishing story, talk

about the fish, the beautiful scenery, your companions, other

people you met, a humorous incident or two perhaps, but don’t

keep saying...

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAME on August 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
Dale Carnegie Training offers a truly outstanding book on public speaking in the name of its founder, Dale Carnegie. Among other techniques, this guide teaches readers how to deal with glossophobia, the fear of public speaking, which is the world's most common phobia. The Carnegie organization's training tactics are known for turning fearful, nervous presenters into dynamic, powerful speechmakers. This book is as valuable for orators as Gray's Anatomy is for medical professionals. If only it weren't written in the first person, as if Dale Carnegie himself were giving you advice - as he no doubt would be glad to do, had he not died in 1955. Carnegie, the author of the classic "How to Win Friends and Influence People", may well be an immortal author, but the use of his first-person voice decades later is a little jarring. Other than this minor haunting, getAbstract recommends this eminently practical book to both aspiring and accomplished public speakers.
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Dale Carnegie has been gone for a while, but his words of wisdom ring on. The beauty of writing is its ability to immortalize someone by his words either negatively or positively. Even for someone who is not interested in speaking publicly, this book is incredible for learning how to communicate effectively.

My communication is in writing scripts so of course they need to be fluent in having people understand the intention. The methods Carnegie suggests helps in platforms, selling, or just in making your intentions understood the way you want to be understood.

If there were ten stars to choose from above, he'd get them all.
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This audio book provides you with the knowledge and insight to become polished and poised when communicating. It gives you the tips and the strategies that you can use during and after your done listening. One of the most important aspects of business and selling is knowing how to communicate to your buyers and partners. This is the Dale Carnegie way and goes along with his book How to Win Friends and Influence People.
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Loved this book. Important points throughout were regularly reviewed, which was extremely helpful as I was reading as quickly as I could the first time though. This book will remain in my library as a go-to resource for public speaking. The conclusion was motivating. I left inspired to focus on making clear goals!
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By Donna G. on January 7, 2014
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I am required to speak before planning and zoning on a very important matter and had no idea how to prepare.

After reading this book I feel very confident that I can do this.
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