24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2002
Public speaking is an essential skill in business and, I suppose in every other walk of life. At some stage in your career you will find yourself having to promote your company, your product, your idea, yourself, to a live audience with nothing to rely on but the power of your words.
I used to hate public speaking. Not any more. A brilliant book has turned a chore into a pleasure. Richard Heller's High Impact Speeches told me, very simply but very entertainingly, everything anyone needs to know about how to compose and deliver a public speech - how to connect with the audience, how to arrange words and thoughts, how to rehearse, how to beat stagefright (check out the brilliant idea of writing your own press release about the enraptured audience). And his ideas work - they deliver results.
Richard Heller has much more to pass on than tips and techniques. He explains why public speaking is the most trusted form of communication in the world today and why a good public speech is a unique opportunity to build lasting confidence in an audience.
I thought this book was superbly written - passionate about the arts of good writing and speaking and often hilarious (check out the passage on Birtspeak). I would recommend it to anyone who cares about language.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2007
I have finished reading your book; High Impact Speeches which I want to
>let you know was excellent. I found it very difficult to put down
>because it felt like reading a story, knowing that with every chapter I
>was becoming more and more knowledgeable about delivering an effective
>speech. It is the first book on public speaking which I have read which
>I can use as a guide for preparing to speak to groups of people. Thank
>you for producing a valuable tool which I can guarantee I will use
>again and again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2012
This is well-written (not surprisingly, perhaps) and thorough. The author tends to focus more on the importance of writing a speech though in my experience that can easily lead to people writing in "written" English rather than in "spoken" English - you really need to be a playwright to write speeches that are designed to be spoken and not read, and not many people have that aptitude. But there is nothing new in here, except the idea that the subject should stay close to the verb, which is new to me though I think most instinctive speakers would do that anyway. If this is your only book on how to create and deliver a good speech, you won't go too far wrong.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 November 2008
As a professional speaker, I read lots of books on speaking. But this one really hits the spot. Using examples from many of the top speakers in the world (all of them his clients), Lee Bowman explains the elements of great speaking. If you only read one book on speaking, make sure it is this one.