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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (3 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470711841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470711842
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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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)

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Be memorable.

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


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Redman VINE VOICE on 31 July 2012
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This is not a new subject but it is a new voice - an authoritative one. Former speech maker to Tony Blair, the author has his own views on exactly how you make your presentation or speech effective and impressive. The book is broken down into clear sections that deal with the vital elements of an impressive presentation.

Much of this material is available elsewhere, and the writing isn't 'gripping' - but then how would you make this subject exciting? The benefit is that this one book probably would do instead of 2 or 3 others.

What this book does deliver is a reasoned and practical set of guidelines which will help any public speaker, preacher, teacher or communicator. The layout is helpful and the 'do nots' are just as helpful as the 'dos'.
His section on 'editing' is a vital read and his emphasis on personalisation is excellent too.

The title is important because the author is not trying to make a science out of public speaking - this is definitely about releasing your creativity (within helpful boundaries) and producing ART.

Probably as good a book on the subject as you could wish to buy!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By William Cohen VINE VOICE on 12 April 2012
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We've waited a long time for Tony Blair's speechwriter to share his secrets and he's produced a slim but very readable tome. He's had access to the people at the top of politics for many years and he's delivered for them. Collins is a great stylist. He's at ease quoting Larkin and Martin Amis and you enjoy his creativity, intelligence and experience. He's of the literary school of speechwriting and the Collins methodology of this book is built around a sharp focus on the topic.

It's worth comparing this book with Max Atkinson's Lend Me Your Ears. Atkinson's theory is that you have to use specific techniques to stop the audience falling asleep, which they will naturally do when released from the conventions of conversation. It's encouraging to have different schools of British speechwriters. With this level of debate, there's no reason for our public figures to be boring and there should be plenty of work for expert speechwriters.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alan Barker on 25 May 2012
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Tony Blair's former speechwriter is on a mission. Many speakers worry about how they'll perform, he says, "but they do not worry enough about writing the speech in the first place."

The point's well made. Some write speeches; some write others' speeches; and some present. Presenters tend to write nothing but slides (which should be more or less wordless, anyway). Collins wants to help all three groups. Tall order.

He's at his best when focussing on the speech itself. Speeches and presentations are notoriously ineffective at explaining; classical rhetoric is all about persuasion. An informative speech will only work if it has a non-informative subsidiary function, and Collins helps us find one.

He's brilliant, too, on finding the topic of the speech. "Try writing the opposite of what you have written," he suggests. "If it makes sense, you have a credible topic."

These chapters alone are worth the price of the book.

Given all this evident good sense, it's a pity the chapter on language offers so little detailed guidance. We're told to read Orwell(good advice but hardly new) and to avoid clchés(Collins' dislike of 'proactive' seems harsh). We're given a four-page anecdote that may or may not be about Kissinger. We need more.

"Profound public speech." says Collins, "has become more difficult than ever before." But his belief in the moral force of rhetoric remains strong. So many leaders don't care about being dull and unclear. "They should care," he says, "because to speak poorly in public is a bad thing to do in itself." He's echoing Quintilian, who famously defined rhetoric as 'a good man speaking well'. And he's right.

A longer version of this review appears here:

http://justwriteonline.typepad.com/distributed_intelligence/2012/04/finding-the-words.html
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. D Roberts VINE VOICE on 23 July 2012
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This book is an extremely enjoyable read, while being both informative and entertaining at the same time. The author addresses in considerable detail, how the prospect of speaking in public incites fear in a number of people, and then sets out to counteract these fears. Discussing how to convey a persuasive argument, a plethora of issues surrounding public speaking are tackled, including the audience, topic and art of delivery. I found the text easy to understand and the book difficult to put down.

Early on this book is quick to illustrate that many orators actually say quite a lot about a subject without ever quite knowing what they are talking about. To support this statement the author quotes Churchill as once describing orators as people who "..before they get up they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down, they do not know what they have said...".

Indeed, at the outset the writer stresses that he is not setting out to transform the reader into a Martin Luther King, Neil Kinnock or Barack Obama, but to personally assist the reader in becoming the best speaker that they can realistically be, on the subject that needs to be delivered.

The experience of Tony Blair's former Chief Speech Writer is evident throughout, and no matter how you feel about the former Prime Minister, Philip Collins obviously knows what he is talking about. I highly recommend this book.
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