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3.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Teacher, June 17, 2000
This review is from: How to Speak How to Listen (Paperback)
I was hoping that this would be the only book I would need as a guide to developing my knowledge and skill as a public speaker. Rather, the book is about the oral communication process in all contexts. Thus delivering prepared speeches, in particular the lecture, was just one element of it. There is considerable emphasis on the listening component--rightfully so, given that Adler argues that listening well is the component of verbal communication that is the most difficult to learn and teach, and hence the most lacking. The book is a companion to Adler's "How to Read a Book", and in fact there are numerous references to it. Although the book turned out to be something different than I had hoped, I nevertheless found it beneficial. It is packed with helpful ideas and guidelines on speaking and listening in various contexts. I also enjoyed reading the book because it helped me to improve my vocabulary, which is one of the side benefits of reading any book by Adler. He is truly a fine teacher.
A few of the key points include: Silent listening vs. active listening, Guidelines for note-taking, Several do's and don'ts of effective conversation, and Instructive speech vs. persuasive speech
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Initial post: Jun 19, 2012 11:47:20 PM PDT
Millie G says:
There was no reason to give the book 3 stars just because it wasn't what you were looking for... If there are other reasons for this rating then they should be stated in the review. The title is fitting for the content and doesn't specifically say its about speeches.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2013 4:52:02 PM PDT
Exactly.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 1:52:05 PM PST
S. Adams says:
I agree completely with Millie G. In books, as in life, we cannot hold other people responsible for our expectations. The book delivers what it promises. As such, it deserves praise and acknowledgment. It is also incongruous to give such a glowing title to a 3 star review.
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