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Secrets of Superstar Speakers

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Secrets of Superstar Speakers

Wisdom from the Greatest Motivators of Our Time


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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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  • Concrete Examples
  • For Beginners


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 résumé" 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.


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 to speechmaker Dottie Walters. They help you see a truth you already know, giving you a confirmation that affects your thoughts and behaviors.

According to a poll of some 4,000 speakers, meeting planners, and members of the press, the 70 greatest speakers, past and present, include: Jesus Christ, Martin Luther King, Jr., President John F. Kennedy, President Ronald Reagan and Billy Graham. Great speakers who are still active include Dr. Wayne Dyer, General Colin Powell, Margaret Thatcher, Mario Cuomo, and Tom Peters.

The great speakers profiled here are: Maya Angelou, Les Brown, Jack Canfield, Deepak Chopra, Stephen Covey, Winston Churchill, Elizabeth Dole, Mark Victor Hansen, Lou Holtz, Vince Lombardi, Sr., Vince Lombardi, Jr., Earl Nightingale, Norman Vincent Peale, Christopher Reeve, Anita Roddick, Tony Robbins, Brian Tracy, Dottie Walters, and Zig Ziglar.

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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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