The Art of Public Speaking

The efficiency of a book is like that of a man, in one important respect: its attitude toward its subject is the first source of its power. A book may be full of good ideas well expressed, but if its writer views his subject from the wrong angle even his excellent advice may prove to be ineffective.

This book stands or falls by its authors' attitude toward its subject. If the best way to teach oneself or others to speak effectively in public is to fill the mind with rules, and to set up fixed standards for the interpretation of thought, the utterance of language, the making of gestures, and all the rest, then this book will be limited in value to such stray ideas throughout its pages as may prove helpful to the reader—as an effort to enforce a group of principles it must be reckoned a failure, because it is then untrue.
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The efficiency of a book is like that of a man, in one important respect: its attitude toward its subject is the first source of its power.
Your belief in your ability and your willingness to make sacrifices for that belief, are the double index to your future achievements.
Public speaking is public utterance, public issuance, of the man himself; therefore the first thing both in time and in importance is that the man should be and think and feel things that are worthy of being given forth.
In our search for the principles of efficiency we must continually go back to
But how shall he be able to criticise himself? Simply by finding out three things: What are the qualities which by common consent go to make up an effective speaker
daily, joyous, lyric poetry.
every man must work out his own salvation.
For one reason or another, some master–speakers never entirely overcome stage–fright, but it will pay you to spare no pains to conquer it. Daniel Webster failed in his first appearance and had to take his seat without finishing his speech because he was nervous. Gladstone was often troubled with self–consciousness in the beginning of an address. Beecher was always perturbed before talking in public.
The third principle will, we surmise, arouse no dispute: No one can learn
Practise, practise, PRACTISE in speaking before an audience will tend to remove all fear of audiences, just as practise in swimming will lead to confidence and facility in the water. You must learn to speak by speaking.
The efficiency of a book is like that of a man, in one important respect: its attitude toward its subject is the first source of its power
You must learn to speak by speaking.
In public speech, as in electricity, there is a positive and a negative force. Either you or your audience are going to possess the positive factor. If you assume it you can almost invariably make it yours
Unless there be something of value within, no tricks of training can ever make of the talker anything more than a machine—albeit a highly perfected machine—for the delivery of other men's goods
to rule over his thought, his feelings, and all his physical po

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