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Posted May 7, 2004
Jack Valenti¿s updated edition of this classic instructional text on public speaking includes all the name dropping and funny anecdotes you would expect from a man who spent his career behind the scenes in Washington, D.C., and Hollywood. Insisting that anyone can be an effective public speaker ¿ and he clearly has heard the best and the worst ¿ Valenti¿s watch word is ¿preparation.¿ Although his writing is a bit repetitious and florid, and the information is basic, the book does what it promises: coaches the reader through the difficulties and details of composing and delivering an effective public presentation. If you drone on at a lectern while staring down at reams of notes, speak longer than your allotted time, have nightmares about the speech you gave that went wrong, count on momentary inspiration to carry you through important moments in the spotlight or don¿t know the first thing about giving a speech, we prescribe this book for your condition.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 18, 2002
As a nation, our skills in organizing thoughts and communicationg them well have diminished. No matter what kind of work you do, even if it never includes formal public speaking, you can benefit from this book. Interesting stories, too!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2002
This book is great for anyone who will ever talk in front of a crowd, and for those who won't! It goes in-depth with tips on speaking skills, inserting jokes, Teleprompters, TV cameras, length of speech, everything. The only complaints I have is that the author's ego is too big, and it gives virtually no advice about the brick-and-mortar aspects of the words of the speech. Still, by simply buying 'The Elements of Style' by Strunk and White, this problem is easily solved. Highly recommended, worth the money.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 24, 2002
Although Mr. Valenti probably didn't intend it for this purpose, this book is a 'must read' for educators. Virtually all of his ideas are easily adapted to the classroom, where grabbing the audience's attention and holding it, while conveying information in a clearly understandable and interesting way is crucial. I have no doubt that my students will enjoy and learn more from my lectures as a result of the excellent coaching I received from this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 26, 2009
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