Summary of Secrets of Superstar Speakers

Wisdom from the Greatest Motivators of Our Time

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Secrets of Superstar Speakers book summary
Still losing sleep about that big presentation? Let the world’s smoothest, savviest, and most filthy rich speakers show you how to knock ‘em dead.


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Lilly Walters focuses on the success stories of 19 top speakers and their hints for speaking well. She highlights their backgrounds, turning points and key sayings, and then provides tips on becoming a top speaker using their methods for developing and giving effective presentations. Hearing what these speakers say about the principles of good speechmaking is interesting, but their "insider" tips are pretty obvious, even to an outsider. Most of their advice is widely known within the speaking industry and is presented here repetitively. Don’t be put off by the "read this resume" nature of the initial introductions, because they put the speakers in context and show their success. getAbstract recommends this book to virgin public speakers or those who want a refreshing booster, to those who book big-name talkers, or to those who like to read recreationally about celebrities and their ideas.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How great speakers can change people’s lives;
  • Why good speechmaking begins with passion and knowledge of a subject; and
  • What strategies “superstar speakers” use to stay motivated.


What Makes a Superstar (Being Alive Not Necessary)
Great speakers change people’s lives. Their words can change the actions and attitudes of their audiences, even years after they have spoken. Great speakers are powerful because they flash a "light of recognition into our minds," according...
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About the Author

Lilly Walters is the executive director of Walters International Speakers Bureau, which has access to 36,000 speakers, conducts seminars, and publishes Sharing Ideas, the world’s largest magazine for the professional speaking industry. She is the author of Secrets of Successful Speakers and the co-author of Speak & Grow Rich.

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