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Excellent book .He provides a comprehensive and relevant set of tools to prepare managers for any speaking or presenting occasion. (inManagement, June 2012)
His enthusiasm is palpable, and the exposition of tools and techniques of the trade will help anyone who finds speech writing part of their professional remit. (Financial Adviser, June 2012)
There are fewer good books on preparing a memorable speech–and this is a very good one this book is a first class guide to a career–making art. (Professional Manager, September 2012)
Equips the reader with a veritable bat–belt of tools for effective public speaking. (The Times, 8th December 2012)
Whether you like it or loathe it, public speaking is something many of us have to do. Be it presentations to colleagues or speeches to a room full of near strangers, we all want to shine or at least get through it with our dignity intact. Luckily Philip Collins, former Chief Speech Writer to Tony Blair, knows exactly what s needed to give a storming speech.
The secret, according to Philip, is content. Too many of us focus on how we re presenting, and don t spend enough time thinking about what we re presenting. The secret to memorable, polished speeches is to think more about the material you re sharing to pay attention to detail and choose your works carefully. Speech writing is and art and art we can all learn.
When the content s right, the confidence will follow.
In The Art of Speeches and Presentations Philip Collins provides you with a concise set of tools, preparing you for any speaking occasion. Ranging from the ancient history of rhetoric to what makes Barack Obama such a good speaker, it s packed with practical examples and tips to teach you the craft of speaking well and making people remember what to say.
Does Phil Collins know what he is talking about? Here s the answer he isn t just good, he is the best. It s as simple as that. I spent years writing speeches for major politicians and I now speak publicly myself all the time, and yet there is so much that I can pick up from him and anyone who re4ads this book will too. Daniel Finkelstein, Executive Editor, The Times and former speech writer to William Hague
A well written advice book for those wishing to make political and promotional speeches, but lacks suggestions for lightening speeches with humourPublished 6 months ago by walton
Excellently written, as you'd expect, but someone who has clearly seen it, done it, and got the proverbial. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Any book that tells me something that I did not know is a success (for me). Had read other books on the topic so did not expect to find anything particularly knew. Read morePublished 13 months ago by J J WILKES
Written by Tony Blair's former Chief Speech Writer Philip Collins, this is a book whose impact will - in my opinion - vary from reader to reader. Read morePublished 24 months ago by MJ King
I purchased this book due to having to give my first professional talk. Although I knew my subject well I was concerned about my lack of confidence and making my audience fall a... Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2013 by Trickle Tree
I got this book not because I was thinking of embarking on a speech tour but just to see what a professional speech writer has to say about what can go wrong. Read morePublished on 22 Sept. 2012 by Amazon Customer
I went into this book with some trepidation when the blurb on the cover pronounced "speechwriter to Tony Blair". Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2012 by Jack Chakotay
Collins' book is methodical and matter-of-fact, almost plodding at times. He lays out the principles of speech-making in a clear, structured way without much of a flourish; indeed,... Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2012 by Patrick Neylan