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I learned a lot from this book...
on July 5, 2011
I've been involved in public speaking for a long time: I spent four years on my college debate team, I coached high school debate for fifteen years, I've presented dozens of staff development workshops over the years, and I'm a Distinguished Toastmaster. However, the most interesting thing I've learned about public speaking is that there's always more to learn. This book taught me a lot.
The book's subtitle says that its purpose is to help speakers create great speeches: "How to Write One. How to Deliver It." I think the book accomplishes that goal. Each of the seventeen chapters discusses some element of speaking-- outlining, using statistics, practicing the speech, etc.-- and then offers an one or two examples of famous speeches that illustrate the subject. The result is a series of practical lessons about speaking, which combine into a sort of survey course.
It works very well. The author is a very experienced speech writer, so he's authoritative. However, he's always careful to point out that anything he says has to be considered in light of the particular circumstances of the speech. One size does not fit all.
I really liked this book. It was an excellent blend of information and entertainment. I recommend it most highly.