Start with a Laugh: An Insider's Guide to Roasts, Toasts, Eulogies and Other Speeches

Start with a Laugh: An Insider's Guide to Roasts, Toasts, Eulogies and Other Speeches

by Liz Carpenter, Sondra Williamson Runnels
     
 

This unique collection of witticisms, history, and useful information is packaged in the hilarious tradition of Liz Carpenter, a treasured Texas personality. The author's stories represent a lifetime of research and personal experiences through nearly a dozen presidential administrations, from her early experiences as a White House correspondent to her years within…  See more details below

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This unique collection of witticisms, history, and useful information is packaged in the hilarious tradition of Liz Carpenter, a treasured Texas personality. The author's stories represent a lifetime of research and personal experiences through nearly a dozen presidential administrations, from her early experiences as a White House correspondent to her years within the walls of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson, to her active role in the birth of the contemporary women's movement. Carpenter believes one of the greatest challenges facing today's speechwriters is "humanizing their speakers," so she includes a full chapter on writing speeches for high-tech executive types. Start With a Laugh is organized both for easy reading and for quick reference. For the reader who wishes to explore the book from cover to cover, each chapter explains Carpenter's philosophy about a particular aspect of speechwriting and features her owns speeches as illustrations. For quick reference, the reader can find a compendium of abbreviated resources, including an index of speeches, lists of speechwriting dos and don'ts, a collection of inspiring and funny quotes for cribbing, and questions to ask in advance of delivering a speech.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Liz Carpenter�sixth-generation Texan�is a political artifact, an aging feminist (80 on September 1, 2000), author and lecturer, despite her handicap of a bum leg that necessitates cane and electric cart. She lives in West Lake Hills, overlooking Austin, the capital of Texas. President Clinton named her to the advisory committee of the White House Conference on Aging. He is the fourth president to appoint Mrs. Carpenter to a position of trust. The author has been honored by her profession, serving as president of the National Women's Press Club, as the recipient of many journalism awards, and is a Distinguished Alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. She was one of the 271 founders of the National Women's Political Caucus in July of 1971. After that, she hit the ERA ratification trail with a group including Erma Bombeck and Judy Carter. Her home in Austin is still a gathering place for movers and shakers, and is her launching pad for speeches and articles. When she is not busy writing she lectures on Growing Old with Grace and Humor, Humor is Therapy, and the Widening World of Women.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571684127
Publisher:
Eakin Press
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Pages:
271

What People are saying about this

Gloria Steinem
She manages to phrase issues the way people experience them, rather than using all those words that end in t-i-o-n and deaden your brain.
Walter Cronkite
Liz Carpenter is much more than an American original, she is an American and Texas original. Her inside stories of our nation's political life over the last half-century are priceless.
Erma Bombeck
No one remains the same person after meeting Liz...(she) makes Auntie Mame look like a shut-in.
James A. Michener
Her combination of wit and wisdom is infectious, encouraging, enlightening. Texas never had a truer daughter. Her zest for life is an example to us all.
Dave Barry
If you do any kind of public speaking, this book should be your bible. Liz Carpenter knows more about speechwriting than any other living human. I'm pretty sure she's the one who gave Abe Lincoln that great opening line for the Gettysburg Address.
Helen Thomas
...a human dynamo, P.T. Barnum. She could sell anyone the proverbial Brooklyn Bridge or the Washington Monument.
Ann Richards
(Liz is) the Tilt-a-Whirl at the State Fair with all the lights on and the music[playing]. The only difference between Liz and a Tilt-a-Whirl is that, with Liz, the ride never comes to an end.

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