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On speaking well : how to give a speech with style, substance, and clarity
Noonan, Peggy, 1950-
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Simply speaking
First ReganBooks/HarperPerennial edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : ReganBooks, 1999.

Physical Description:
xii, 212 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

Originally published as: Simply speaking. 1998.
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PN4121 .N662 1998C Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For anyone who fears the thought of writing and giving a speech--be it to business associates, or at a wedding--help is at hand. Acclaimed presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan shares her secrets to becoming a confidence, persuasive speaker demystifying topics including: Finding you own authentic voice Developing a text that interest you Acing the all-important first paragraph Using logic to move your audience Creating, developing, and reinventing the "core speech" for diverse audiences Strengthening your speech with a vital element: humor Winnowing your thought down to the essentials Handling professional jargon, clichés, and the sound bite syndrome Presenting your speech in the best way Collecting intellectual income--conversing your speech treasures Breaking all the rules and still succeeding Reading for inspiration--how to use the excellence of others

Complete with lessons, tips and memorable examples, On Speaking Well shows us how to create forceful, persuasive, relevant speeches that will resonate with our audiences. Engaging, informative, and always entertaining, this is undoubtedly the authoritative how-to guide for anyone writing or giving a speech

Author Notes

She was a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1986; in 1988, she was chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush during his campaign for the presidency. She is currently a columnist & contributing editor at The Wall Street Journal & a political contributor for Fox News. She lives in New York City.

(Publisher Provided) Peggy Noonan graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Before entering the Reagan White House, she was a producer and writer at CBS News and an adjunct professor of Journalism at New York University. She was a speechwriter and special assistant to President Ronald Reagan. She is a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal and an author. Her books include What I Saw at the Revolution: A Political Life in the Reagan Era, Character Above All, The Case Against Hillary Clinton, When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan, John Paul the Great: Remembering a Spiritual Father, Patriotic Grace, and The Time of Our Lives. In 2010, she received the Award for Media Excellence by the living recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

(Bowker Author Biography)