Top Public Speaking Books

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How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds or Less

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How to Get Your Point Across in 30 Seconds or Less
Milo Frank, America's foremost business communications consultant, shows you how to:
* Focus your objectives
* Utilize the "hook" technique
* Use the secrets of TV and advertising writers
* Tell terrific anecdotes that make your point
* Shine in meetings, question-and-answer sessions, and more!
Milo Frank's proven techniques give you the edge that successful people share -- the art of communicating quickly, precisely and powerfully!

Make Your Point!

release date: Jan 01, 2005
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Make Your Point!
In less time than it takes to fly from New York to Chicago, readers of Make Your Point! will know exactly what to do to master the spoken word. The authors, two seasoned and streetwise corporate communication coaches, have written a book that's lively, witty and gives down-to-earth advice for every businessperson and college student who wants to be a first-rate communicator. So whether you have to give a presentation, sell, write a paper, or interview for a job, this book will help you get your message across.

Speak Like Yourself--no, Really!

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Speak Like Yourself--no, Really!
Better public speaking can help you build a business, craft a career, or promote your passion. Whatever your goals, you're the best person to speak about them -- and this book will show you how! You'll quickly and painlessly learn to:
* Prepare a speech
* Connect with your public speaking audience
* Convey the best of who you are, and
* Successfully handle every communications challenge: pitches, off-the-cuff remarks, Q&A, and more.

This fun, fast-paced, easy-to-use workbook is like having a speaker coach between two covers. It features the same public speaking insights that I've shared with hundreds of individual public speaking clients. The SPEAK LIKE YOURSELF approach has worked for them, and it will work for you, too!

Knockout Presentations

release date: Oct 15, 1998
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Knockout Presentations
Life is a presentation. The ability to present one's ideas quickly and efficiently is a significant resource in today's business world.

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations

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HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations

Terrified of speaking in front of a group? Or simply looking to polish your skills? No matter where you are on the spectrum, this guide will give you the confidence and the tools you need to get results.

Written by presentation expert Nancy Duarte, the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations will help you:

• Win over tough crowds
• Organize a coherent narrative
• Create powerful messages and visuals
• Connect with and engage your audience
• Show people why your ideas matter to them
• Strike the right tone, in any situation

How to Deliver a Great TED Talk: Presentation Secrets of the World's Best Speakers

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How to Deliver a Great TED Talk: Presentation Secrets of the World's Best Speakers


"How to Deliver a Great TED talk" is a complete public speaking system for delivering highly effective presentations and speeches.

If you've watched TED videos before, you've no doubt been inspired and electrified by speeches by figures such as Sir Ken Robinson, Jill Bolte Taylor, Simon Sinek and Dan Pink.

What makes these TED talks so inspiring?

What is the secret formula for creating a successful TED talk?

And how can you use this formula to deliver your own powerful TED talk (or any other presentation or speech, for that matter)?


If you follow the guidelines and tools in this book, I guarantee that your audience will have no choice but to be wrapped up in your speeches and presentations.


I studied more than 200 of the most inspiring TED talks, analyzed each one line by line and discovered the common elements that make them successful.

This book is the result of my intensive research. In it, you'll discover tools that will help make you twice the speaker you are today in half the time.

This book is also based on the work of bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath. In their groundbreaking book, Made to Stick, Chip and Dan Heath revealed six simple principles for creating memorable messages.

In this book, I have taken Chip and Dan's work and applied it to creating powerfully persuasive presentations. I use their SUCCESS framework and draw on examples from TED talks to show how the success principles can be applied to public speaking.

More specifically, you will learn how to:

Craft a repeatable power phrase

• Utlize the ABC-C speech structure for powerful presentations

Use rhetorical devices to spice up your speech

• Create an attention-grabbing opening

Build the body of your presentation/speech

• Craft a compelling closing

Use statistics to grab attention

• Create a wow-moment

Bring your characters to life

• Use analogies, metaphors and similes

Turn your stories into mental movies

• Build your credibility with the speech introduction

Add internal credibility to your presentation

• Build an emotional connection with your audience

Use compelling visuals

• Use PowerPoint the right way

Body language secrets of confident speakers

• Arouse your audience's curiosity

Use Sir Ken Robinson and Dan Pink's techniques for adding humor to a speech

• Use rhetorical questions to hook your audience into your presentation

Use the five C's of storytelling to create spell-binding stories

• Deliver dynamic TED talk (or any other presentation or speech)

Whether you are scheduled to deliver a TED talk, a business presentation or a motivational or inspiring speech, this book will teach you the techniques used by some of the world's most powerful public speakers.


Learn the art of public speaking and persuasion by studying the speeches of inspiring speakers such as Anthony Robbins, Sir Ken Robinson, Mike Rowe and Dr. Jill Taylor.


"World class speaking tips that you can start using today"
Michael Davis, Certified World Class Speaking Coach

"Maybe one of the clearest books on presentations I've ever read"
Javier, Verified Reviewer

"Great, practical tips to help you become an outstanding speaker"
Cath Daley, Presentation Skills Coach


Shorten your learning curve and learn the public speaking secrets most speakers never discover.

Public Speaking

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Public Speaking

Achieve Public Speaking Mastery

Public Speaking Mastery is a complete public speaking system for creating highly effective speeches. Based on rigorous study of the best public speakers in the world, this book shows you how to select your topic, tell powerful stories, and master your delivery. It will shorten your learning curve, save yourself years of trial and error and frustration and teach you the blueprint for creating a winning presentation…


"A public speaking book to be studied over and over again" Allan Kaufman
"Simple and useful tools" Stuart
"An excellent succinct read!" - Eric Laughton, Certified John Maxwell Trainer

Based on a Rigorous Study of Four of the World's Best Speakers

Discover How To:

Find your voice and select your message

•Write and structure your speech for maximum impact

Turn your stories into mental movies for your audience. Learn advanced storytelling skills to make your characters and your scenes come alive.

•Instantly grab your audience's attention with your opening

Package your expertise in an informational-speech (without boring your audience)

•Close your speech with power

Use the Tap and Transport technique to build a powerful connection with your audience

•Make your audience a part of your presentation

Build a memorable Phrase that Pays

•Build engaging speech transitions

Uncover organic humor hidden inside your stories.

•Use the “one-box-at-a-time” technique to build a winning speech

Learn how to Wow Your Audiences - Every Time!

Most public speaking books teach you speaking techniques but don't give you examples of how to apply those techniques. However, in this book, you will:

29 Specific Techniques for Creating Compelling Stories

Discover twenty-nine specific techniques for creating compelling stories that keep your audience on the edge of their seats. Learn how to influence people through storytelling. Case Study: Craig Valentine, 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking[Chapter 2]

Add Head, Heart and Humor to Your Presentations

Discover tools to add head, heart and humor to your presentations. Uncover the elements of a winning speech and learn how to give inspirational and motivational speeches that have your audience laughing while learning. Case Study: Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking[Chapter 4]

Package your expertise in a powerful “how-to” informational speech

Equip yourself with the tools you need to deliver clear, information-packed business presentations. If you're a trainer, workshop-leader or someone who has to deliver informational speeches, this book will show you how to deliver effective informational speeches. Case Study: Lisa Panarello, Founder and CEO of Careers Advance[Chapter 6]

Create an Unforgettable Experience For Your Audience

Learn how to arouse your audience's emotions using value-based language, use the stage masterfully, close your speech with impact and create an unforgettable experience for your audience. Case Study: Jock Elliott, 2011 World Champion of Public Speaking [Chapter 8]

Shorten Your Learning Curve and Be Twice the Speaker in Half the Time

Apart from containing model speeches and detailed analysis of each speech, each chapter contains Evaluation Exercises and Application Exercises to double your growth as a speaker in half the time.

The combination of world-class speeches, practical exercises and advanced public speaking techniques covered in this book make this a truly valuable resource.

There is no other book like this on the market!

If you're ready to get started, shorten your learning curve and learn the public speaking secrets most speakers never discover, then scroll up to the top of the page to buy the book...

Writing Great Speeches

release date: Sep 19, 1997
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Writing Great Speeches

With endorsements from two of the largest and most influential public speaking groups -- the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International -- this book is written by an expert speechwriter whose eloquent voice leads readers through the difficult process of writing a great speech. In these pages a seasoned speechwriter reveals his trade secrets - from analyzing the needs of an audience to leaving them with a satisfying sense of closure - as he guides readers through the process of planning, writing, and honing an outstanding speech. Readers will discover effective ways to connect with an audience, explain concepts, and support ideas, learn how to time and cut a speech when necessary. The bottom line? When readers have finished this book, they will be well on their way to making their next big speech a big success! Anyone -- from a businessperson to a community member -- who wants to learn the skills necessary to write and deliver a memorable speech. Part of the Essence of Public Speaking Series.

Public Speaking

release date: Jan 06, 2008
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Public Speaking

Centered around three core objectives — helping readers develop vital communication skills, encouraging speaker adaptability to diverse audiences, and sensitizing speakers to the ethical impact of their words — Public Speaking offers both practical advice and an understanding of why such advice works. The eighth edition concentrates on greater simplicity, clarity, and accessibility. The book offers a functional approach to informative speaking and emphasizes the ethics of persuasive speaking. These ideas come to life through examples from real, student, and professional speeches, Exploration and Application exercises at the end of each chapter, and a variety of boxed features throughout the book.

Public Speaking for College and Career with Connect Plus Public Speaking

release date: Oct 29, 2009
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Public Speaking for College and Career with Connect Plus Public Speaking
Public Speaking for College and Career offers a practical, accessible, and non-intimidating approach to public speaking. Through numerous stories, examples, and techniques, this popular text shows students how to achieve clarity and confidence during the speeches they must give in college, in their careers, and in their communities. The new edition features Connect Public Speaking - a dynamic and powerful web-based learning management system with the student experience at its core. Informed by extensive research conducted with both instructors and students, Connect is designed to help students earn better grades and save instructors valuable time, whether teaching a face to face, online, or hybrid course.

Connect Public Speaking allows students and instructors to access all course materials including a complete media and research library, study aids and speech preparation and assessment tools from a single place, Connect Public Speaking offers all of this with the addition of an integrated, interactive eBook that immerses students in a flexible, interactive environment.

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The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking

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The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking
Now streamlined and updated, the book that has literally put millions on the highway to greater accomplishment and success can show you how to have maximum impact as a speaker--every day, and in every situation that demands winning others over to your point of view.

The Art of Public Speaking

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The Art of Public Speaking
Whether a novice or an experienced speaker, every student will learn how to be a better public speaker through Lucas' clear explanations and thorough coverage. By far the leading speech textbook of our time, The Art of Public Speaking has defined the art of being the best for more than six million students and instructors. The Lucas Learning Tools Suite offers even more tools and study options to fit the active lifestyles and diverse learning/teaching styles of today's students and instructors.
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