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An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue

An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue [Kindle Edition]

Quentin J. Schultze
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Whether at a business meeting, church gathering, or social function, most of us will be called upon at some time to speak publicly. As Christians, we are called to speak not only with effectiveness but also in a way that honors God and embodies Christian virtue. In An Essential Guide to Public Speaking, communications expert Quentin J. Schultze encourages readers to become servant speakers who faithfully serve their audiences as neighbors.

Besides providing a biblical perspective on public speaking, this accessible book also covers such practical topics as overcoming common challenges, the importance of listening, and the art of preparing and delivering well-crafted speeches. Filled with helpful sidebars, checklists, and tips, this is a book for any person who wishes to improve his or her public speaking skills.

About the Author

Quentin J. Schultze (Ph.D., University of Illinois) holds the Arthur H. DeKruyter Chair in Faith and Communication and is the director of the Calvin Workshops in Communication at Calvin College. He is the author of many books, including Habits of the High Tech Heart, Communicating for Life, and Here I Am.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 213 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (1 Aug 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B85AI1W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what it says on the label! 14 Aug 2007
Summary: A religious book.
Reviewer: A reader from the UK.

I bought this book as the title suggests, with the intention of learnig something about 'public speaking'. Instead, the subject matter is religion, god, faith, christianity, the bible etc. If you are not interested in those subjects, do not waste your time or money.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A practical tool 2 Sep 2006
By Christian Book Previews - Published on
"It's short. I like it," reviewed the Muppet critics following Mr. Fezziwig's Christmas speech in the movie, The Muppet Christmas Carol. Likewise, author Quentin Schultze has penned a 112-page guide for those launching or improving their speaking abilities.

An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving Your Audience with Faith, Skill, and Virtue is written with grace and humility. A college professor at the University of Illinois, Schultze has spent three decades speaking to his classroom, at conferences, businesses, and on broadcast programs as a news source and commentator. Far from an instruction manual according to Schultze, the author peppered the manuscript with the insights of notable speakers from Augustine to Elie Wiesel to Mike Yaconelli. Speaking tips are highlighted in colorful boxes.

To the reluctant, Schultze writes, "Public speaking is inevitable. We may need to give eulogies, lead group discussions, pray publicly, present awards, participate in civic meetings, and much more." Biblically, speech is "a gift and a responsibility for the service of our neighbors." To quote from another speaker, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have," (1 Peter 3:15).

Chapters in this handbook include "Addressing Challenges," "Listening Well," "Crafting Artfully," "Speaking Truthfully," and "Being Virtuous." The author addresses the destructive fear most people face regarding public speaking. Statistics reveal that the majority would rather die than speak before a group. Moses was the visual aid, "Lord, send Aaron."

"On the flip side of destructive fear is excessive ego evident in self-righteous and self-centered speech," observes Schultze. "Ego is heady stuff, especially for skilled presenters." Should we be tempted, Schultze steers readers away from boring audiences with an inflated ego.

A practical tool, An Essential Guide to Public Speaking includes five appendixes. By using these checklists and the sample speech outline, anyone can craft a worthy presentation.

Over the years, I've read a number of books on public speaking. In this category, An Essential Guide to Public Speaking is my top pick. And it's short. - PeggySue Wells, Christian Book
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book helpful and interesting 2 Mar 2010
By Journelise - Published on
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This book is very helpful, and includes tips and vocabulary terms. I'm using it for a class, and the teacher relies on it instead of the normal textbook. A good read anyway, because it is written plainly and is easily understood.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the read 21 Mar 2014
By Gabe Cline - Published on
Dr. Schultze is definitely well-versed in the area of public speaking and explains concepts in laymans terms, which is a part of the reason I recommend this book. The great thing about this book is that it is: 1. short. 2. not a complex read 3. based on Christian virtues, but not overtly religious. 4. a valuable textbook for class and also a book worth of having in one's personal library. I not only recommend this book, but encourage one to pick up a copy and read it to help with their own public speech; it will help.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Essential Guide" 15 April 2014
By Thomas Jordan - Published on
Dr. Schultze does a fantastic job it putting together this helpful tool on the ever prevalent topic of public speech. The text is concise, easy to comprehend, and speaks on how to be a honest, thoughtful, servant speaker. Anytime faith is mentioned within a how-to type book, some people are instantly turned off. This is not the case here though, as Dr. Schultze does reference Christianity, but in a way that can help any speaker, no matter what faith they walk. If you are interested in becoming a better speaker in any fashion, I would highly recommend this text as a key to improvement.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gives good insight if you need more brushing up on this topic 30 Jan 2014
By firesofchaos - Published on
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I would call myself a very good speaker, but this book was helpful in some regards but was lacking in others. It gave me some important notes. Good the price it is a good read. For a text book or to help an . Already establishd speaker it could have been better.
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