Say It Well: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Mind, Inspire Any Audience

Say It Well: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Mind, Inspire Any Audience

by Terry Szuplat
Say It Well: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Mind, Inspire Any Audience

Say It Well: Find Your Voice, Speak Your Mind, Inspire Any Audience

by Terry Szuplat


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One of Barack Obama’s longest-serving speechwriters reveals the public speaking lessons that will help you become a more confident and compelling communicator and leader.

As a White House speechwriter, Terry Szuplat helped craft hundreds of speeches for President Obama. But when it came to public speaking himself, Szuplat—like many people—was gripped by anxiety and preferred to stay in the shadows. When he was invited to give the first major speech of his life, he faced a choice: keep hiding from what scared him, or finally face his fears.

In Say It Well, Szuplat shares the life-changing lessons he learned from Barack Obama—one of the most admired speakers of our time—and how he applied these techniques to become a better speaker himself. In every chapter, he shares never-before-heard advice from Obama on speaking well, along with riveting behind-the-scenes stories of writing for a president—so you can master every step of public speaking, including:

•             Tips for overcoming stage fright

•             Best practices for using artificial intelligence to compose a memorable speech

•             Attention-grabbing openings to pull in any audience

•             Framing techniques to make your arguments more persuasive  

•             Scientifically-proven ways to inspire people to action and to create the change you want

•             Tricks for editing, polishing, and practicing your words for maximum impact

•             The only way to end any great speech

Along the way, Szuplat introduces you to remarkable people from all walks of life—students, advocates, business executives, veterans—who have used these techniques to give speeches that have gone viral and inspired millions of people around the world. At a time of division and distrust, Say It Well also shows how we can all speak with the empathy, civility, and honesty that we need now more than ever.

In sharing his journey to find his own voice, Szuplat will help you find yours. Written with humor and warmth, this is your new guide to the art of public speaking. And the next time you speak—whether you’re giving a toast or a eulogy for a loved one, a presentation at work, or an impassioned appeal for a cause you care about—not only will you know what to say, you’ll know how to say it well..

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780063337718
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 09/17/2024
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 110,931
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Terry Szuplat is a sought-after speaker and trainer whose keynote presentations and workshops empower audiences with the communication skills he learned as a White House speechwriter during the eight years of Barack Obama’s presidency. From 2009 to 2017, he served as a special assistant to the president and as a member of the National Security Council staff, and from 2013 to 2017 he was the deputy director of the White House Speechwriting Office. Today Terry runs his own speechwriting firm, Global Voices Communications; his essays have appeared in major publications, including the New Yorker, New York Magazine, and the Washington Post; and he teaches speechwriting at his alma mater, American University’s School of Public Affairs. Originally from East Falmouth, Massachusetts, he now lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

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