- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (November 10, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195300750
- ISBN-13: 978-0195300758
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.2 x 5.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"No one surpasses Atkinson in the rigor and clarity with which he spells out how to move audiences to applause, get quoted in the media and become known as the most brilliant presence on any podium."--Clark Judge, speechwriter for Ronald Reagan
"Neither politicians nor business leaders can lead today without the ability to communicate effectively with audiences of all sizes or compositions. They have two choices: (1) be born with the ability, or (2) read Max Atkinson's books and learn."--Michael Sheehan, speech coach to Bill Clinton
About the Author
Dr. Max Atkinson is a freelance communications consultant and visiting professor at the Henley Management College,U.K. . He has acted as a consultant on presentation skills, public speaking, speech writing and speaker training for numerous companies and individuals in the U.K. and abroad.
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The information in this book is entertaining and very helpful to any novice or old hand who has to speak to an audience. Advice is given for speaking in general and also for speaking at specific occasions (toasts, funerals, etc).
His section on rhetorical devices is particularly well done. He gives speakers an EASY method to create phrases and sentences that jump off the page, helping to win the attention and support of their audiences. In one section, he uses real-life examples of the language developed by students attending his seminars, a testimony to the effectiveness of his method. The success of his students proves that anyone can learn to enhance their persuasive rhetoric in a short amount of time.
There are other gems in this book, as well. For example, his three pages on the proper use of passive language made me rethink the old advice to "always avoid the passive voice." And any person who's suffered through a text-heavy PowerPoint presentation will appreciate his advice on visual presentations.
Atkinson used several real-life examples from American speakers, such as Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and John F. Kennedy. But since I was already familiar with some of those speeches, I particularly appreciated his inclusion of many British examples, many of which I hadn't seen before.
Overall, this is a text that deserves a place on any speaker's bookshelf.