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The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History | [The Great Courses, John R. Hale]

The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History

Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you're looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. As you'll learn in these 12 invaluable lectures, all it takes is confidence, practice, and the knowledge of techniques and strategies used by history's greatest public speakers. Whether you want to finally become the confident public speaker you've always wanted to be or are just looking for fresh advice on how to strengthen your skills, this inspiring course is packed with practical advice.
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Being a great public speaker can put you on the pathway to success, whether you're looking to teach, inform, persuade, or defend an idea. Yet many of us live in fear of public speaking. We experience stage fright or believe that speeches are best left to those with more intuitive talent. But nothing could be further from the truth.

As you'll learn in these 12 invaluable lectures, all it takes is confidence, practice, and the knowledge of techniques and strategies used by history's greatest public speakers, from Abraham Lincoln to Martin Luther King, Jr.

This insider's look at public speaking shows you three key components to help you succeed in any situation:

  • How to prepare for public speaking: Learn from Patrick Henry and others how to overcome stage fright, control your voice, use humor, and personalize your delivery.
  • How to craft a great speech: Learn how to build captivating speeches from people such as Susan B. Anthony and how to use stories, examples, logic, and impressive visual images.
  • How to handle your audience: Learn from Gandhi and others how to focus on your audience, invite them to share your vision, and inspire them to change.

Whether you want to finally become the confident public speaker you've always wanted to be or are just looking for fresh advice on how to strengthen your skills, this inspiring course is packed with practical advice to help you learn one of the most important skills in your personal and professional life.

Disclaimer: Please note that this recording may include references to supplemental texts or print references that are not essential to the program and not supplied with your purchase.

©2010 The Teaching Company, LLC (P)2010 The Great Courses

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    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 12-27-13
    Mark Raglan, New Zealand 12-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fair to middling"

    This audiobook is a series of lectures looking at history's most memorable speeches. It is a good analysis of those speeches and helps us to understand the elements which combine to make great oratory. He helps us to understand the different strategies that should be used for different purposes. So, for example, Ghandi used 'logos' or logic to prove his point when he was on trial for his life, whilst Martin Luther King appealed to the emotions when he gave his iconic 'I have a dream' speech.

    Whilst this analysis is interesting, there is a slight conflict of interests within the book which doesn't work so well. The lecturer is supposedly trying to teach us how to be better public speakers, but to this he draws his lessons from speeches made by history's heavyweight orators made at pivotal moments in the World's history, such as Churchill's 'Blood, sweat and tears' speech and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. This is slightly comical, as the average listener buying this self-help lecture series will likely do no more than give a best-man speech at a wedding.

    Despite this qualm, the audiobook is interesting and worth a listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 08-08-13
    Lasse brøndby, Denmark 08-08-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    Where does The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance of the speaker in the book was great. The book was divided into 12 half hours lectures, that did i found great.
    The book was technical about how a speech is build up, and how to use the diffrent element in a speech.
    I will rank this book in the middel of the "self learning" book i have listened to so far.


    If you’ve listened to books by The Great Courses before, how does this one compare?

    I have not listened to other books in "The Great Courses" before.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did like that the narrator used old speeches, from a lot of famous people, like Martin L. King, Lincoln, Churchill and many more. Then he analyse the speeches to see what was good and what was bad in the speeches.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book was spilt into 12 half hours lectures, wich made it easy to listen to, and easy to find a spot for pause, if you wanted to do that.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought that this book was more about, how to make a presentation of some study you have made, more than how a speech is built up and how to use the diffrenrent thing in a speech, but it was OK to hear about, and i learned som new stuff.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ron W. Michigan 06-16-14
    Ron W. Michigan 06-16-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Brilliant! Learn from history's success stories."
    If you could sum up The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History in three words, what would they be?

    Listen, Learn, Apply


    What did you like best about this story?

    The professor is very engaging and the examples from history were very well selected.
    Each story has a purpose.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Queen Elizabeth addressing the troops as an example of how to connect with your audience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The importance of storytelling and how to apply the lesson to all your speaking.
    Also, it was encouraging to hear that Mark Twain was so nervous about his major speech that he took steps to prepare (which I can apply to my own speaking as well).


    Any additional comments?

    This course is not only informative, but fun as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 02-13-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 02-13-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Ask what the greats can teach you"

    Very interesting look at the art of public speaking by looking at the greats including Gandhi, Churchill, Kennedy, Reagan, King and other from form ancient times for insight on how we can be better in the art. The academician look at the topic was an interesting twist that shows how much of the art is timeless and unchanging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Carp Lake, MI, USA 09-20-13
    Robin Carp Lake, MI, USA 09-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Clear. Concise. Comprehensive."
    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History the most enjoyable?

    Many of his points will improve your writing as well as your public speaking skills.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    NYCreview NY 10-06-13
    NYCreview NY 10-06-13

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    "awful. lonnng winded. a bad college lecturer"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    retired people with nothing to do


    What could The Great Courses have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    edited to 15 minutes to just have the bullet points at the end of some chapters. cut out the uninteresting junk in the rest.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Professor John R. Hale’s performances?

    NO


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger. disappointment. a joke.


    Any additional comments?

    swallow your spit while you talk.

    1 of 18 people found this review helpful
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