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A professional speaker, Monkhouse has come up with a guide to public speaking that is a little out of the ordinary. While he gives the usual hints to speakers--rehearse, practice breathing techniques, concentrate--his main thrust seems to be to give advice on making a speech amusing as well as interesting and informative. He packs his book with anecdotes and one-liners, some targeted for specific situations. While this is not a basic how-to book like Arch Lustberg's Winning When It Really Counts or Reid Buckley's Speaking in Public (both LJ 9/1/88), it would be a good addition for libraries that have those books or others like them.-- Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.
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If you're one of those people who are more frightened of speaking in public than you are of disease, bankruptcy or a visit from your mother-in-law, this book is for you. Award-winning Toastmaster Bob Monkhouse guides you through the simple steps that will make you a confident and effective speaker. First he provides the basics: ways to focus your thoughts and gather ideas, construct a speech, assess the audience's needs, and project your most effective image from entrance to exit. Then, with humor and thoroughness, this veteran demonstrates every method known to man of creating an amusing and informative speech. He explains the secrets of performance techniques, how to simulate spontaneity, and how to grab your audience and keep their attention. Special sections examine the deadpan delivery of humor, how to let your ideas grow, and the best uses of triviality to emphasize your most serious messages. Includes a list of tried and true jokes and comments for any occasion, telling you how and when to use them. Black-and-white illustrations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760706176
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/22/1991
  • Pages: 189

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