Public Speaking for Success

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Penguin, May 4, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 464 pages
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Dale Carnegie, author of the legendary How to Win Friends and Influence People, began his career as the premier "life coach" of the twentieth century by teaching the art of public speaking. Public speaking, as Carnegie saw it, is a vital skill that can be attained through basic and repeated steps. His classic volume on the subject appeared in 1926 and was revised twice-in shortened versions-in 1956 and 1962. This 2006 revision-edited by a longtime consultant to Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc., and the editor in charge of updating How to Win Friends and Influence People-is the definitive one for our era.

While up-to-date in its language and points of reference, Public Speaking for Success preserves the full range of ideas and methods that appeared in the original: including Carnegie's complete speech and diction exercises, which follow each chapter, as the author originally designated them. This edition restores Carnegie's original appendix of the three complete self-help classics: Acres of Diamonds by Russell H. Conwell, As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, and A Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard. Carnegie included these essays in his original edition because, although they do not directly relate to public speaking, he felt they would be of great value to the readers. Here is the definitive update of the best-loved public-speaking book of all time.
 

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Contents

Arouse Curiosity
Why Not Begin with a Story?
Begin with a Specific Illustration
Ask a Question
Tie Your Topic Up to the Vital Interests of Your Hearers
The Attention Power of Shocking Facts
The Value of the Seemingly Casual Opening
Words Often Mispronounced

A Speech That Could Not Fail
What Preparation Really Is
The Sage Advice of Dean Brown of Yale
How Lincoln Prepared His Speeches
How to Prepare Your Talk
The Secret of Reserve Power
In a Nutshell
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
How a PrizeWinning Speech Was Constructed
The Way Doctor Conwell Planned His Speeches
Senator Beveridges Method of Building a Talk
Benjamin Franklins Classic Tale
Play Solitaire with Your Notes
Do Not Memorize Verbatim
Why the Farmers Thought Lincoln Awfully Lazy
How Douglas Fairbanks Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford Entertained Themselves
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
They Couldnt See a Cherry Tree
How Mark Twain Learned to Speak Without Notes
Memorizing a Book as Long as the New Testament
The Kind of Repetition That Counts
William James Explains the Secret of a Good Memory
How to Remember Dates
How to Remember the Points of Your Talk
We Cannot Improve Our Memories for All Classes of Things
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
Voice ExerciseRelaxing the Throat
Have Something That You Very Much Want to Say
The Secret of a Triumph
A Lincoln Speech That Won a Lawsuit
Act in Earnest
The First Thing to Do When the Audience Goes to Sleep
Weasel Words and Onions
Love Your Audience
Know Your Audience
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
Voice ExerciseBreath Control
The Necessity of Persistence
The Certainty of Reward
Climbing the Wilder Kaiser
The Will to Win
In a Nutshell
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
Voice ExerciseUsing the Tip of the Tongue
What Is Delivery?
The Secret of Good Delivery
Henry Fords Advice
Do You Do These Things When You Talk in Public?
In a Nutshell
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
Voice ExerciseBright and Attractive Tones
Why One Speaker Draws Better Than Another
One of the Regrets of Grants Life
Crowd Your Audience Together
Major Pond Smashed the Windows
Let There Be Lighton Your Face
No Guests on the Platform
Poise
Absurd Antics Taught in the Name of Gesture
Suggestions That May Prove Helpful
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
Voice ExerciseReview
Beware of Opening with a SoCalled Humorous Story
Do Not Begin with an Apology
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
Voice ExerciseRelaxing the Jaw
A Drop of Honey and TwoGun Men
Senator Lodges Way of Doing It
The Best Argument Is an Explanation
How Patrick Henry Launched His Stormy Address
The Best Speech Shakespeare Wrote
In a Nutshell
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
Summarize Your Points
Appeal for Action
Closing with a Poetical Quotation
When the Toe Touches
Answering Questions from the Audience
In a Nutshell
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
Know the Purpose of Your Talk
Use Comparisons to Promote Clearness
Avoid Technical Terms
The Secret of Lincolns Clearness
Appeal to the Sense of Sight
Rockefeller Raking Off the Coins
Restate Your Important Ideas in Different Words
Do Not Emulate the Mountain Goat
In a Nutshell
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
Our Main Problem
Saint Pauls Sagacity
Making Small Sums Appear Large and Large Sums Appear Small
How to Make Figures Impressive
What Restatement Will Do
General Illustrations and Specific Instances
The Principle of Cumulation
Graphic Comparisons
In a Nutshell
Words Often Mispronounced
Errors in English
Correct Usage of Words
The Three Most Interesting Things in the World
How to Be a Good Conversationalist
An Idea That Won Two Million Readers
How Dr Conwell Interested Millions of Hearers
Be Concrete
PictureBuilding Words
The Interest Getting Value of Contrasts
In a Nutshell
Words Often Mispronounced
Win Confidence by Deserving It
Speak Out of Your Own Experience
Blue Grass and Hickory Wood Ashes
Educate People Regarding the Merits of Your Proposition
How Patterson Answered Objections
Setting One Desire to Fighting Another
The Desires That Determine Our Actions
Religious Motives
Has the Author Used Successfully the Method He Has Been Describing?
SPEECH BUILDING
The Secret of Mark Twains Way with Words
Romantic Stories Behind the Words You Use
Rewriting One Sentence a Hundred and Four Times
Shun WornOut Phrases
Its Not Only What You Say But How You Say It
In a Nutshell
SPEECH BUILDING
Thought and Character
Effect of Thought on Health and Body
The Thought Factor in Achievement
Visions and Ideals
Serenity
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Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) almost single-handedly created the self-help genre with his classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People.

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