Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers

Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers

by James C. Humes

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Overview

Turn any presentation into a landmark occasion

“I love this book. I’ve followed Humes's lessons for years, and he combines them all into one compact, hard-hitting resource. Get this book on your desk now.”—Chris Matthews, Hardball

Ever wish you could captivate your boardroom with the opening line of your presentation, like Winston Churchill in his most memorable speeches? Or want to command attention by looming larger than life before your audience, much like Abraham Lincoln when, standing erect and wearing a top hat, he towered over seven feet? Now, you can master presentation skills, wow your audience, and shoot up the corporate ladder by unlocking the secrets of history’s greatest speakers.

Author, historian, and world-renowned speaker James C. Humes—who wrote speeches for five American presidents—shows you how great leaders through the ages used simple yet incredibly effective tricks to speak, persuade, and win throngs of fans and followers. Inside, you'll discover how Napoleon Bonaparte mastered the use of the pregnant pause to grab attention, how Lady Margaret Thatcher punctuated her most serious speeches with the use of subtle props, how Ronald Reagan could win even the most hostile crowd with carefully timed wit, and much, much more.

Whether you're addressing a small nation or a large staff meeting, you'll want to master the tips and tricks in Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761563518
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/23/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 149,931
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

James C. Humes, a professor of language and leadership at the University of Southern Colorado, is the author of numerous books, including Nixon's Ten Commandments of Leadership and Negotiation, Confessions of a White House Ghostwriter, and The Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill. He served briefly in Eisenhower's White House and was a speaker, in London, for ceremonies commemorating Churchill's 125th birthday. Mr. Humes lives in Pueblo, Colorado.

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"I love this book. I've followed Humes's lessons for years, and he combines them all into one compact, hard-hitting resource. Get this book on your desk now." —-Chris Matthews

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Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
GigMaster More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book written in a concise format that gets right to the point on how to improve your public speaking skills. It is full of outstanding examples from the titans of public speaking: Churchill and Lincoln, and many others. It is insightful in its analysis of exactly why certain approaches work. The techniques are easy to grasp and easy to implement with practice. A must read for anyone interested in public speaking.
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This has been an absolutely essential guide for me since 2007!  I had no experience as a public speaker when I wrote my first speech. The techniques that the author describes are extremely effective and have enabled me to create and deliver some very successful speeches as a cancer survivor and research advocate. I highly recommend this book.  
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Guest More than 1 year ago
James Humes rightly emphasizes the importance of being an efficient communicator for all avenues of life. Humes gives his audience 21 tips that he has identified through a meticulous examination of some memorable quotations attributed to famous politicians and writers. Speakers can stand out in front of a crowd or among a small group of people by applying these tips to their presentation. Why bore an audience by telling a lengthy joke at the beginning of a speech, inviting the audience to fall asleep though a windy talk and busy slides or ending a presentation on a flat note? Instead why not speak about a personal experience to which the audience can relate, energize a talk by the use of a memorable bon mot or end a talk on a strong note? No one needs to be one of the famous people quoted in this book to come up with a striking note that makes the difference between a boring speaker and a riveting one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous book. If your interested in public speaking or enhancing your communication skills, then this book is for you. These 21 secrets will revolutonize your dialoge. The author uses methods of some of histories most prominent communicators such as: Winston Churchhill, Abraham Lincoln, Bill Clinton, and Ronald Reagon. This is truley a spectacular book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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