Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you're looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. We experience stage fright or believe that speeches are best left to those with more intuitive talent. But nothing could be further from the truth.
As you'll learn in these 12 invaluable lectures, all it takes is confidence, practice, and the knowledge of techniques and strategies used by history's greatest public speakers, from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr.
This insider's look at public speaking shows you three key components to help you succeed in any situation:
Whether you want to finally become the confident public speaker you've always wanted to be or are just looking for fresh advice on how to strengthen your skills, this inspiring course is packed with practical advice to help you learn one of the most important skills in your personal and professional life.
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"Brilliant! Learn from history's success stories."
Listen, Learn, Apply
The professor is very engaging and the examples from history were very well selected.
Each story has a purpose.
Queen Elizabeth addressing the troops as an example of how to connect with your audience.
The importance of storytelling and how to apply the lesson to all your speaking.
Also, it was encouraging to hear that Mark Twain was so nervous about his major speech that he took steps to prepare (which I can apply to my own speaking as well).
This course is not only informative, but fun as well.
"Buyer Be Avised: It may not be what you think"
This is a well-done series of lectures, but their focus is not on an analysis of the great speaches. It is about how to give a speach, and it uses excerpts of some great speaches to illustrate its how-to points on speaking. if that's what you're looking for, then give this a listen! If you want to hear the full versions of historical speaches, look elsewhere.
"Ask what the greats can teach you"
Very interesting look at the art of public speaking by looking at the greats including Gandhi, Churchill, Kennedy, Reagan, King and other from form ancient times for insight on how we can be better in the art. The academician look at the topic was an interesting twist that shows how much of the art is timeless and unchanging.
"Fair to middling"
This audiobook is a series of lectures looking at history's most memorable speeches. It is a good analysis of those speeches and helps us to understand the elements which combine to make great oratory. He helps us to understand the different strategies that should be used for different purposes. So, for example, Ghandi used 'logos' or logic to prove his point when he was on trial for his life, whilst Martin Luther King appealed to the emotions when he gave his iconic 'I have a dream' speech.
Whilst this analysis is interesting, there is a slight conflict of interests within the book which doesn't work so well. The lecturer is supposedly trying to teach us how to be better public speakers, but to this he draws his lessons from speeches made by history's heavyweight orators made at pivotal moments in the World's history, such as Churchill's 'Blood, sweat and tears' speech and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. This is slightly comical, as the average listener buying this self-help lecture series will likely do no more than give a best-man speech at a wedding.
Despite this qualm, the audiobook is interesting and worth a listen.
The performance of the speaker in the book was great. The book was divided into 12 half hours lectures, that did i found great.
The book was technical about how a speech is build up, and how to use the diffrent element in a speech.
I will rank this book in the middel of the "self learning" book i have listened to so far.
I have not listened to other books in "The Great Courses" before.
I did like that the narrator used old speeches, from a lot of famous people, like Martin L. King, Lincoln, Churchill and many more. Then he analyse the speeches to see what was good and what was bad in the speeches.
The book was spilt into 12 half hours lectures, wich made it easy to listen to, and easy to find a spot for pause, if you wanted to do that.
I thought that this book was more about, how to make a presentation of some study you have made, more than how a speech is built up and how to use the diffrenrent thing in a speech, but it was OK to hear about, and i learned som new stuff.
well done all around. the lecturer did an amazing job conveying the information. i didnt want it to end... it just felt like it was over so quickly.
"Very enjoyable book"
I love the author and how he reads his book. He has a good sense of humor and does a great job of breaking down the art of speech making. Highly recommended.
"Clear. Concise. Comprehensive."
Many of his points will improve your writing as well as your public speaking skills.
"Art of Public Speaking"
In general a good introduction to public speaking. The use of historical speeches as examples was very useful and informative. The course lacked in accuracy pertaining to the use of rhetorical devises. The instructor was incorrect in his statement about the weight an audience places on the introduction. In order of retention audiences retain the introduction, conclusion and body of the speech. His view is contradicted by Aristotle, Churchill, and Humes. Apart from minor inaccuracies the course was a useful tool for anyone hoping to learn speaking. With these criticisms I would still recommend the course.
Randy J. Harvey, PhD, JD, 2004 World Champion of Public Speaking
Certainty there are many who will find it interesting and helpful but this lecture was too superficial for me. Also there was no immediacy to bring quoted speeches alive, which was a disappointment.
"Inspirational for you who give speeches"
Provides vivid examples andclear rules for good speeches. The rest is up to using it. With this I mean that the examples and rules are good indeed, but there is still much work to translate your own subject and objective in rhe form of a good speech.
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