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The Lost Art Of The Great Speech : How To Write One - How To Deliver It - Richard Dowis

The Lost Art Of The Great Speech

How To Write One - How To Deliver It

Paperback Published: 5th October 1999
ISBN: 9780814470541
Number Of Pages: 288
For Ages: 17+ years old

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Splashy slides, confident body language, and a lot of eye contact are fine and well. But if a speech is rambling, illogical, or just plain boring, the impact will be lost.

Now everyone can learn to give powerful, on-target speeches that capture an audience's attention and drive home a message. The key is not just in the delivery techniques, but in tapping into the power of language.

Prepared by an award-winning writer, this authoritative speech-writing guide covers every essential element of a great speech, including outlining and organizing, beginning with a bang, making use of action verbs and vivid nouns, and handling questions from the audience. Plus, the book includes excerpts from some of history's most memorable speeches -- eloquent words to contemplate and emulate.

Forewordp. xiii
Opportunity Knocksp. 1
"Their Finest Hour," Prime Minister Winston Churchill, June 18, 1940p. 9
"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy," President Franklin D. Roosevelt, December 8, 1941p. 10
Before You Speakp. 12
"The Awesome Power of Disobedience," Charlton Heston, February 1999p. 22
"Today, I Am an Inquisitor," Representative Barbara Jordan, 1974p. 27
Preparing to Writep. 31
"Glory and Hope," Nelson Mandela, May 1992p. 42
"The Woman I Love," King Edward VIII, December 11, 1936p. 44
Outlining and Organizingp. 46
"A Celebration of Freedom," President John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961p. 55
Beginning Wellp. 58
"This Breed Called Americans," President Ronald Reagan, January 20, 1981p. 69
The Best of Referencesp. 75
"Remember How Futures Are Built," Governor Mario Cuomo, July 16, 1984p. 85
Watch Your Languagep. 88
"My Last Good Night to You," President Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 17, 1961p. 98
Write It Right, Say It Rightp. 100
"The Name American Must Always Exalt Pride," President George Washington, March 1797p. 112
"Secrets" of the Prosp. 116
"Common Ground and Common Sense," Reverend Jesse Jackson, July 1988p. 131
Wisdom of the Agesp. 142
"The Battle Has Been Joined," President George Bush, January 16, 1991p. 154
Get Personalp. 158
"Our Long National Nightmare," President Gerald Ford, August 9, 1974p. 171
Statistics and Other Liesp. 173
"The Dangerous Decade," Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, December 18, 1979p. 180
Closing the Speechp. 186
"You Have Summoned Me to the Highest Mission," Governor Adlai Stevenson, July 26, 1952p. 192
"I have the honor to present ..."p. 196
"The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth," Lou Gehrig, July 4, 1939p. 209
More Than Words Can Sayp. 210
"Gaining Strength and Respect in the World," Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, January 20, 1984p. 221
The Final Stagesp. 225
"Eulogy for Richard M. Nixon," Senator Robert Dole, April 27, 1994p. 237
And So to Speakp. 239
"A New Birth of Freedom," President Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863p. 252
An Editing Checklist for Speech Writersp. 253
Resources for Speakers and Speech Writersp. 255
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780814470541
ISBN-10: 0814470548
Series: Agency/Distributed
Audience: General
For Ages: 17+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 5th October 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.1  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1