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  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091922062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091922061
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 1.3 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 532,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A one-stop guide to making a brilliant speech or perfect presentation, whatever the occasion

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Max Atkinson is currently a visiting professor at Henley Management College and runs a consultancy providing training programmes in public speaking and speech writing. He was Paddy Ashdown's speechwriter in 1987, ran workshops for Ronald Reagan's speechwriters and runs workshops for the Royal Shakespeare Company on the art of oratory.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Colin McLean on 7 Oct 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read a wide range of books on the topic, including Max Atkinson's excellent 'Lend Me Your Ears' (of which, as the previous review makes clear, this is an essential distillation). I too am a practitioner, attempting to help those who find themselves on their feet to be happy, comfortable and effective.

This book is deceptively easy to read, being as well laid out as it is, with no pretension or artifice. My best advice therefore is this. Read it once. Read it again a second time immediately thereafter. Then read it (or the relevant section - there are indeed 7, clearly distinct) once more before your next speaking engagement. Better than simply being informed you'll be inspired. A great place for any speaker to start.

Just hope I'm in your audience.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Peck on 13 Aug 2009
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This short volume on speech writing and presentation skills tips is one of the best that I've read. I have given speeches and coached others in how to do theirs, so I have a lot of hands on experience and have dedicated many hours to studying the craft.

I have read countless books on the subject and none of them even come close in terms of the advice and detail. Max Atkinson's analysis of rhetorical speeches is the best that I've come across, it really gets under the skin of some of the best political speeches of the 20th century. Like you I have been easily turned off by a lot of political hot air and spin in recent years.

But the best political speeches by the likes of Kennedy, Obama, Reagan or Churchill get remembered and make an impact because of their heartfelt honesty. This book shows you where some of the success of those speakers lay and provides you with the tools in order to help make your own speeches, whether for sales or charity fund-raising, persuasive and successful.

I do feel, however, that the chapter on social speeches such as the Best Man's speech did not contain the same level of detail as the other chapters. Personally, I would have wanted more expansion of the ideas in the other chapters to the exclusion of this one.

That said, I have not read Atkinson's other work, Lend Me Your Ears: All You Need to Know About Making Speeches and Presentations, of which Speech-making and Presentation Made Easy: Seven Essential Steps to Success is a distillation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Alpman on 29 Sep 2010
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excellent little book. For anyone wanting or needing more, get his 'Lend me your ears', by far the best book on public speaking anywhere / ever. Max Atkinson is phenomenal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 13 Jun 2011
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I used this to help me prepare for my wedding speech and I've just sent it to a friend who's a bit nervous about doing his. It's not all relevant to weddings but there's a few gems in there about pausing, speed, delivery etc which I found useful and for about a fiver it's definitely worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JennyBetts on 4 April 2014
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Good follow up to Lend Me a Your Ears. Full of practical advice on all aspects that new speakers (and improving speakers) need to know. Easy to read so good to keep dipping into for refreshers.
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