On Speaking Well

Paperback | March 26, 1999

byPeggy Noonan

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For anyone who fears the thought of writing and giving a speech--be it to business associates, or at a wedding--help is at hand. Acclaimed presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan shares her secrets to becoming a confidence, persuasive speaker demystifying topics including:

  • Finding you own authentic voice

  • Developing a text that interest you

  • Acing the all-important first paragraph

  • Using logic to move your audience

  • Creating, developing, and reinventing the "core speech" for diverse audiences

  • Strengthening your speech with a vital element: humor

  • Winnowing your thought down to the essentials

  • Handling professional jargon, clichés, and the sound bite syndrome

  • Presenting your speech in the best way

  • Collecting intellectual income--conversing your speech treasures

  • Breaking all the rules and still succeeding

  • Reading for inspiration--how to use the excellence of others

Complete with lessons, tips and memorable examples, On Speaking Well shows us how to create forceful, persuasive, relevant speeches that will resonate with our audiences. Engaging, informative, and always entertaining, this is undoubtedly the authoritative how-to guide for anyone writing or giving a speech

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Do you get nervous speaking to large groups of people? Peggy Noonan, who has written speeches for former Presidents Bush and Reagan, has written this book for you. On Speaking Well features tips on crafting powerful oratory, finding the perfect anecdote, developing an ideal tone and ensuring an animated delivery from the podium. This b...

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For anyone who fears the thought of writing and giving a speech--be it to business associates, or at a wedding--help is at hand. Acclaimed presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan shares her secrets to becoming a confidence, persuasive speaker demystifying topics including: Finding you own authentic voice Developing a text that interes...

Peggy Noonan is the best-selling author of seven books on American politics, history, and culture. Her essays have appeared in Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other publications. She lives in New York City.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:March 26, 1999Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060987405

ISBN - 13:9780060987404

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Do you get nervous speaking to large groups of people? Peggy Noonan, who has written speeches for former Presidents Bush and Reagan, has written this book for you. On Speaking Well features tips on crafting powerful oratory, finding the perfect anecdote, developing an ideal tone and ensuring an animated delivery from the podium. This book allows you to enjoy public speaking because you can orate from a position of confidence after having read it.

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"Ms. Noonan, who is perhaps the nation's best-known speechwriter... has produced an engaging, helpful book." (David Shiflett The Wall Street Journal)