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Overview The former presidential speechwriter describes how to be a successful public speaker, explaining the importance of the first paragraph, the effective use of logic and professional jargon, and the function of humor in speeches. Originally titled Simply Speaking. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Publishers Description For anyone who fears the thought of writing and giving a speech--be it to business associates, or at a wedding--help is at hand. Acclaimed presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan shares her secrets to becoming a confidence, persuasive speaker demystifying topics including:
Finding you own authentic voice
Developing a text that interest you
Acing the all-important first paragraph
Using logic to move your audience
Creating, developing, and reinventing the "core speech" for diverse audiences
Strengthening your speech with a vital element: humor
Winnowing your thought down to the essentials
Handling professional jargon, cliches, and the sound bite syndrome
Presenting your speech in the best way
Collecting intellectual income--conversing your speech treasures
Breaking all the rules and still succeeding
Reading for inspiration--how to use the excellence of others
Complete with lessons, tips and memorable examples, On Speaking Well shows us how to create forceful, persuasive, relevant speeches that will resonate with our audiences. Engaging, informative, and always entertaining, this is undoubtedly the authoritative how-to guide for anyone writing or giving a speech
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Studio: Harper Paperbacks
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.97" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Feb 17, 1999
ISBN 0060987405 ISBN13 9780060987404 UPC 099455013000
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More About Peggy Noonan
The 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner for Commentary, Peggy Noonan is the author of nine books, a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and was a primary speechwriter and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. Six of Noonan's books have been New York Times bestsellers. Noonan is a trustee of the Manhattan Institute. She makes regular appearances on CBS's Face the Nation, ABC's This Week and NBC's Meet The Press.
Peggy Noonan currently resides in the state of New York. Peggy Noonan was born in 1950.
Reviews - What do customers think about On Speaking Well?
The Basics: Presented Well May 1, 2006
Better know today as a conservative columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan also has a very strong pedigree as a political speech-writer for George H. Bush and Ronald Reagan.
In Simply Speaking she outlines very simply and coherently the basic rules of good speech writing and communication. As with most of the good books written on speech writing you are not likely to find major new insights. You will however find the key elements she addresses well illustrated with relevant speeches - many of which, by the way, she helped draft e.g. George H. Bush's acceptance speech at the Republican convention 1988 and Ronald Reagan's fortieth anniversary D-Day speech at Pointe du Hoc. Noonan goes through the speeches in detail, helping the reader to better appreciate the context and genesis for the respective speeches.
Noonan suggestions include: A speech should never be more than twenty minutes. Write the text out. Humor is essential. Sentences should be short and simple.
The book is a bit limited in that the author constantly returns to Reagan and his oratorical style but other speeches that Noonan quotes in a worthwhile book include Christopher Reeve's speech at the 1996 Democratic convention, John F Kennedy's Inaugural, Bill Clinton's Inaugural - which she pans and Mother Teresa's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast which reads well, but it was this amazing nun's presence and credibility which truly impacted the room.
I return to this book reasonably often because it is interesting and hits the key points for a speaker. But, the book could benefit from a good checklist and summary of key points. Noonan also shows her political colors too much in a book about speech writing. The reader doesn't need to know about her palpable disdain for the Clintons, a disdain which colors her judgment on the former President's communication ability which is often exceptional.
However, Simply Speaking is a good book for the budding speechwriter and speechmaker: a worthwhile and interesting refresher for the experienced speaker.
Good Grief! Nov 18, 2005
I love reading Peggy Noonan's WSJ column; so let's get that out of the way right now. Peggy generally writes in a stream-of-consciousness form that I like. It captures my attention from the first sentence and holds me to the end. But not this book. After a page or two I noticed I was skipping ahead, looking for the bait and the hook. It's not there. That's Writing 101. She knows that! What I suspect is this: Her publisher contracted with her for a give-back linked to something else, and she wasnt interested in the project. It shows!
On Speaking Well by Peggy Noonan Aug 3, 2005
The book was cheaper than in the store, was shipped the same day as ordered, and arrived in new condition (it was new!) so I am well pleased.
Be a "Great Communicator" Mar 17, 2005
Written by former presidential speechwriter, Peggy Noonan, On Speaking Well will teach you how to write and deliver effective speeches. Although much can be learned from this book, I hesitate to recommend it to political neophytes, because Noonan's fallback theory on politics is that you should just "be yourself." Obviously I agree -- who wants to vote for a phony? But inexperienced readers might misconstrue this to mean they don't have to study how to win -- and that would be a shame for them. As Mrs. Noonan points out, even President Reagan made it a point to spend time learning how to be a "Great Communicator."
I actually tried to rely on this book for a presentation... Jan 29, 2004
I couldn't beleive how bad this book is. Not really a presentation on how to speak well, but full of recollections of her career-long speaking days. There was nothing useful in this book, except if you want to hear her reflections on talking her grades up with the professors in college back in the '60's. A complete waste of time and money.