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Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers | [James C. Humes]

Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln: 21 Powerful Secrets of History's Greatest Speakers

In this book, you'll discover how Napoleon Bonaparte mastered the use of the pregnant pause to grab attention, how Lady Margaret Thatcher punctuated her most serious speeches with the use of subtle props, how Ronald Reagan could win even the most hostile crowd with carefully timed wit, and much, much more. Whether you're addressing a small nation or a large staff meeting, you'll want to master the tips and tricks in Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln.
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Publisher's Summary

Ever wish you could captivate your boardroom with the opening line of your presentation, like Winston Churchill in his most memorable speeches? Or want to command attention by looming larger than life before your audience, much like Abraham Lincoln when, standing erect and wearing a top hat, he towered over seven feet? Now, you can master presentation skills, wow your audience, and shoot up the corporate ladder by unlocking the secrets of history's greatest speakers.

Author, historian, and world-renowned speaker James C. Humes - who wrote speeches for five American presidents - explains how great leaders through the ages used simple yet incredibly effective tricks to speak, persuade, and win throngs of fans and followers.

In this book, you'll discover how Napoleon Bonaparte mastered the use of the pregnant pause to grab attention, how Lady Margaret Thatcher punctuated her most serious speeches with the use of subtle props, how Ronald Reagan could win even the most hostile crowd with carefully timed wit, and much, much more. Whether you're addressing a small nation or a large staff meeting, you'll want to master the tips and tricks in Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln.

©2002 James C. Humes (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"I love this book. I've followed Humes's lessons for years, and he combines them all into one compact, hard-hitting resource. Get this book on your desk now." (Chris Matthews)

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    J. Modesto, CA, United States 02-20-12
    J. Modesto, CA, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2011

    J. Jason Gale

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    "WHAT SPEAKING IS ALL ABOUT"

    I've heard about a dozen books on speaking and this work contains the best advice I've ever heard. Mr. Humes draws on his decades of experience of writing speeches for Presidents to cut through the little mechanical details where most books get bogged down and hit the essence of audience reaction.

    21 points are probably more than can be memorized. Don't worry about that; you won't use all those points. You'll likely use more than 10 of Humes' secrets depending on the type of speaking required in your engagements. But any 5 points will more than justify the time it takes to wade through the other ones.

    Whether you speak to a small team or an arena, don't skip this book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-31-13

    ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.

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    "Helpful, moderately interesting, but dated"

    There is lots of good information here, especially for people who want to be better speakers and don't know where to start.

    I have two issues with this otherwise excellent audiobook. First, it sounds dated and the language is dated. Second, and related to the first was how it recommends using archaic, big words to impress the listener and make a statement.

    I disagree. What good is using big archaic words if no one understands what it means?

    Nitpicking aside, most of what is here is good advice.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rudy München, Germany 12-19-11
    Rudy München, Germany 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Presentation Gold!"

    Unlike some of the other reviews I've read.....I actually enjoyed the speakers voice!

    The authors narratives gave the book an additional depth that I found highly entertaining. If you enjoy history there are a lot of fascinating first hand accounts and historical anecdotes in this book. It is very republican party biased however the techniques and tips given in the audio book are priceless and overshadow the conservative undertones. i.e power pause, props etc...

    I was able to use a few of the techniques in a speech I gave a week after buying the audio book. After I finished someone in the audience said it was amazing how I had their full attention without speaking a word! i.e power pause.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pauline 11-19-13
    Pauline 11-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A must read in my book..."

    I love this book! As a teacher and presenter I'm always looking for information on improving my skills. This book absolutely does that. Mr. Hume covers all the aspects of a presentation the pause, the stand, the prop, the voice… and uses historical characters like Lincoln and Churchill for examples of where these became very effective.

    I have recommended this book to several of my colleagues, this book is that good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Rexburg, ID, United States 05-15-12
    Brian Rexburg, ID, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book!"
    Where does Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By for the best speaking book that I have ever read.


    What other book might you compare Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln to and why?

    I really enjoyed the examples and stories that were used.


    What does Norman Dietz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed the different voices that were used. Very good expression.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 05-10-14
    Gerardo Austin, TX, United States 05-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Businessman, Technologist, Marketer. Loves to learn and enjoys books. Mostly nonfiction plus historic novels.

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    "A complete guide for speaker and leaders"

    It's a long book, but it is enjoyable and full of practical knowledge for anyone who gives speeches, leads teams, presents in front of large audiences, is a spokesperson or is a master of ceremonies.

    Every key point in the book is illustrated with plenty of examples from recognized leaders. You may have heard about some of these skills before, but you will surely learn a trick or two that will make worth your investment (time and money) in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 02-21-14
    André ORLANDO, FL, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Good tools but repetitive"

    Although this book was published in 2002, it still condenses a lot of great tools for the public speaker: his teachings did not go out of fashion. The problem is the author repeating the same examples over and over again. If he adjusted that, specially in the end of the book, I would give it 5 stars for the good content and the way he divided the topics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MATTHEW 11-22-11
    MATTHEW 11-22-11 Member Since 2011

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    "Excellent book"

    This has excellent references on improving public speech. I would highly recommend it for anyone starting out in giving presentations to large groups.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jay WICHITA, KS, United States 10-06-14
    Jay WICHITA, KS, United States 10-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Speaking made easier!"

    Great incite into great men and how they managed to give such great speeches. I learned a lot of tips on how to deliver a good speech. Very glad I picked this book.

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    Howard Red Fox 07-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Finally a book on speaking worth listening to."
    Would you listen to Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln again? Why?

    This is the first book on speaking and presenting that actually contained specific constructive advice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is very specific and uses valid examples from historic speeches to prove its points.


    Have you listened to any of Norman Dietz’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Learn from history's great orators.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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