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Jack Valenti’s updated edition of this classic instructional text on public speaking includes all the name dropping and funny anecdotes you would expect from a man who spent his career behind the scenes in Washington, D.C., and Hollywood. Insisting that anyone can be an effective public speaker - and he clearly has heard the best and the worst - Valenti’s watch word is "preparation." Although his writing is a bit repetitious and florid, and the information is basic, the book does what it promises: coaches the reader through the difficulties and details of composing and delivering an effective public presentation. If you drone on at a lectern while staring down at reams of notes, speak longer than your allotted time, have nightmares about the speech you gave that went wrong, count on momentary inspiration to carry you through important moments in the spotlight or don’t know the first thing about giving a speech, prescribes this book for your condition.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to write and memorize an effective public speech;
  • How to increase your believability and audience rapport;
  • How to present on TV, in conferences, at luncheons and in meetings; and
  • How to avoid giving lengthy dull speeches.

About the Author

Jack Valenti has been privy to the best and worst of American public speaking. He has been president of the Motion Picture Association of America for more than 35 years and previously served as a political consultant and aide to President Lyndon Johnson. He is an author and public speaker.



Preparation: Know What You Are Going to Say
Anyone can be a powerful and effective public speaker. Giving speeches is a "learnable craft." If you prepare fully, you can make presentations like a polished professional.

The first rule of good public speaking is to thoroughly...

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