Summary of The Elements of Great Public Speaking

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The Elements of Great Public Speaking book summary
The Elements of Great Public Speaking


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This useful, practical book on public speaking can benefit every businessperson. When you demonstrate the ability to educate, motivate and persuade others, you show that you command an important aspect of leadership. This book breaks successful public presentations down into simple, repeatable steps. J. Lyman MacInnis also provides essential rules and tips for a variety of settings and situations, so you can use his handbook to guide you through any public speaking situation. His emphasis on the importance of preparation, how to write your address and how to practice it underscore important aspects of public speaking that are too often given short shrift. getAbstract finds that the author’s simplicity of presentation, concise writing and wide-ranging advice make this a very useful practical guide for speakers at all skill levels.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why effective public speaking is a valuable skill
  • How you can learn to speak well
  • Why practice and preparation matter
  • How to deliver your speech and answer questions
  • How to speak under various circumstances


The Value of Persuasive Speaking
The next time you are in an audience at a presentation, take a moment to estimate the value of the time of everyone in the room. After the presentation, think about what the speaker actually communicated and how long the speech took, and then decide if ...
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About the Author

J. Lyman MacInnis is a successful senior partner in an international accounting firm and an in-demand speaker. He has given thousands of public speeches, made numerous radio and television appearances, and has written hundreds of articles. He is author or co-author of a dozen books.

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