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Strictly speaking : Reid Buckley's indispensable handbook on public speaking
Buckley, Fergus Reid, 1930-2014.
Publication Information:
New York : McGraw-Hill, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 336 pages ; 24 cm
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Central Library PN4121 .B7785 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Tricks of the speaker's trade from a master of the art Everyone wants to command attention and respect whenever it's necessary to speak in public. If the thought of addressing an audience gives you a dry mouth and shaky knees, help is here! Strictly Speaking can turn even the most tongue-tied person into a persuasive, charismatic speaker. It's packed with the exclusive, powerful techniques of Reid Buckley, America's most dynamic speaking coach, who's trained celebrities, top executives, and leading government figures. Brimming with humorous anecdotes and Reid Buckley's well-known eloquence and wit, this indispensable handbook goes directly to the core of what every good speaker needs to know. Youll quickly learn how to organize your thoughts....master the mechanics of voice, expression and delivery...and compose a lucid, compelling talk in decent English.

Author Notes

Reid Buckley has been a champion public speaker since his debating days at Yale University, where he starred on a team that scored national and international wins. He is the founder and head of The Buckley School of Public Speaking, which has graduated many leading figures in business and government.

Table of Contents

Preface: Why Anyone Should Want to Learn to Speakp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Part 1 Dry Bones: The Short List of Dos and Don'ts
Chapter 1 10 Cardinal Sins That Amateurs Commitp. 3
Chapter 2 10 Commandments That All Speakers Must Observep. 12
Part 2 Speaking Situations: How to Survive Next Week's Talk
Chapter 3 Speaking Obligations Related to Your Business or Professionp. 27
Chapter 4 Social Eventsp. 63
Chapter 5 The Political Pitchp. 84
Part 3 How Even a Bumbler Can Learn to Bring Down the House in a Hurry
Chapter 6 Finding an Interesting, Brilliant, and Original Idea in Which the Speaker Is Passionately Involvedp. 91
Chapter 7 Getting the Factsp. 95
Chapter 8 Seeking Inspirationp. 108
Part 4 Putting the Damn Thing Down on Paper
Chapter 9 Organizing the Written Article or Speechp. 125
Chapter 10 How to Write . . . Brilliantlyp. 140
Part 5 The Mechanics
Chapter 11 Presenting Yourself and Eye Contactp. 159
Chapter 12 The Voice: Training the Tonguep. 171
Chapter 13 Literacy, Grammar, Style, and Proprietyp. 186
Chapter 14 The Delivery: Pacing, Timing, and Energyp. 191
Chapter 15 Facial Expressions, Gesticulations, and Body Languagep. 204
Chapter 16 Choreographyp. 224
Part 6 Character
Chapter 17 Wit and Humor/Disciplined Emotionp. 233
Chapter 18 The Vicesp. 252
Chapter 19 The Virtuesp. 274
Chapter 20 Fear, Stage Fright, and le Trac (Panic)p. 286
Part 7 Parting Shots
Chapter 21 Special Problems Generic to Womenp. 307
Chapter 22 Professional Detachmentp. 318
Appendix A Letters from CEOsp. 323
Appendix B Errors in Pronunciationp. 326
Indexp. 329

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