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Writing Great Speeches : The Essence of Public Speaking Series - Alan M. Perlman

Writing Great Speeches

The Essence of Public Speaking Series

Paperback Published: 19th September 1997
ISBN: 9780205273003
Number Of Pages: 224

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With endorsements from two of the largest and most influential public speaking groups -- the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International -- this book is written by an expert speechwriter whose eloquent voice leads readers through the difficult process of writing a great speech. In these pages a seasoned speechwriter reveals his trade secrets - from analyzing the needs of an audience to leaving them with a satisfying sense of closure - as he guides readers through the process of planning, writing, and honing an outstanding speech. Readers will discover effective ways to connect with an audience, explain concepts, and support ideas, learn how to time and cut a speech when necessary. The bottom line? When readers have finished this book, they will be well on their way to making their next big speech a big success Anyone -- from a businessperson to a community member -- who wants to learn the skills necessary to write and deliver a memorable speech. Part of the Essence of Public Speaking Series.

Deciding What to Say
Purpose Controls Content
Purpose: No Secrets
How to Focus on Purpose
rom Purpose to Content
Audience Controls Content
Bottom Line: Purpose, Audience, Content
Sequence: Putting Things in Order
Background: An Interesting Paradox
How to Organize: Seven Patterns
How to Outline
Sequence: The Speech as Story
How to Signal Your Organizational Plan to Your Audience
Beginning and Ending Your Speech
How to Begin: The First Words Out of Your Mouth
First Words: Behavioral Boners
How to Begin: Fifteen Strategies
How to End: Six Strategies
Powerful Endings: The Last Words Out of Your Mouth
Economy - Tips for Controlling Lengt
Timing Your Speech
Paths to Economy
Review: Purpose/ Audience/ Content Questions
When You Have to Cut it Down Even More
Quick Credibility: Learning What You Need to Know
Elements of Quick Credibility
Definitional Perspective: What It Is
Critical Perspective: What's Important
Creativity on Cue: Generating Ideas
Postscript: The Effective Use of Quotes
Appendix: Aids to Quick Credibility: Sources of Facts, Quotes and Other Useful Material
Ceremonial Speeches
Why Ceremonial Speeches are Different
The Challenge. Introductions
How to Organize the Introduction
Award Acceptances
The Golden Rule of Ceremonial Speechwriting
What Makes a Speech "Listenable?" Editing for Clarity
Editing for Closure
Editing for Coherence
You've Got Rhythm
Style: Dressing for the Occasion
The Importance of Style
Personal vs. Impersonal Style
Personal or Impersonal? How to Choose Your Style
Postscript on Style: Creating an "Implied Dialogue."
Word Choice: Finding the Lighting
Editing for Word Choice
What Do Words Do? Word-Choice Function #1: Labeling. Word-Choice Function #2: Judging
Word-Choice Function #3: Distancing. The Right Word: Summary, What it Means to "Use a Word Correctly." Word-Choice Challenge #1: Language Variability and Change
Word-Choice Challenge #2: Gender and Other Sensitivities
Word-Choice Challenge #3: Balancing Originality and Familiarity
Delivering the Message
Selecting Your Support Strategy
Speechmaking as Acting
Key to Effective Delivery: Modeling
How to Deliver a Script with Impact
Rehearsal and Evaluation
Final Preparations
Bringing It All Together: Practicing What I Preach
Summary: How to Make Your Speeches Cogent and Memorable
Epilogue: A Few Last Words: Speechmaking As Behavior - and Why the Principles of Good Speechwriting Are What They Are
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ISBN: 9780205273003
ISBN-10: 0205273009
Series: The Essence of Public Speaking Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 19th September 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.61  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.25